ISIS lone wolves are being activated in towns and cities globally for the most potent cyber-physical combination of guerrilla attack ever to be introduced in modern warfare. This new enemy, fueled by extremist ideology, defies traditional profiling attributes such as race, sex, age, education, and nationality and can more easily evade detection by law enforcement.
This report, entitled “American ISIS: Analysis of the Orlando Jihadist & Lone-wolf Attacks,” is an analysis of the June 12, 2016 lone-wolf attack in Orlando, Florida, the largest terrorist attack on American soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks and the largest attack against the LGBTQ+ community in American history. Authors James Scott (Sr. Fellow, ICIT) and Drew Spaniel (Researcher, ICIT) also discuss how groups like ISIS are targeting and radicalizing susceptible individuals and what, if anything, can be done to curb this disturbing trend.