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News Release

Book Talk: Ben Sheppard on the Psychology of Terrorism  
You are cordially invited to attend a talk on Thursday, November 19, by Potomac Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Ben Sheppard, Ph.D., author of The Psychology of Strategic Terrorism: Public and Government Responses to Attack.  The program will be held at 3 pm at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in the M-level conference room, with wine and cheese to follow at 4.
In his talk, Dr. Sheppard will look at lessons learned from major terrorist attacks, with an eye to how the Obama administration might incorporate these into homeland security policy. Dr. Sheppard will explore how an interdisciplinary approach, combining the behavioral sciences and international relations, can further the understanding of the "terror" generated by strategic terrorism, and develop robust government responses.  
Dr. Sheppard will draw upon a series of contemporary case studies of the psychological and behavioral effects of terrorism. He will also examine how risk communication and public health strategies can amplify or reduce psychological and behavioral responses, and consider whether behavioral effects translate into political effects, and what governments can do to respond. Ultimately, Dr. Sheppard argues that the public is not prone to panic, but can change their behaviors to reduce their perceived risk of being exposed to a terrorist attack.
Please RSVP to Laurie Kinney at 703-525-0770 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Featured Publications

Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research

By Dr. Robert Hummel

The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to present Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research. This book, authored by study lead Dr. Robert Hummel, Chief Scientist of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, arose out of a study conducted for the Office of Corrosion Policy and Oversight (CPO) of the Office of the Secretary of Defense on research directions for alternative futures for corrosion and degradation.

Alternative Futures for Corrosion and Degradation Research offers a road map for novel research directions that could lead to dramatic changes in how the nation views and deals with corrosion and degradation problems.  Corrosion is a national problem that goes beyond the rusting of metal. The issues associated with corrosion and degradation are responsible for more than one trillion dollars in annual national expenditures.

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A Life at Full Speed: A Journal of Struggle and Discovery

by Charles M. Herzfeld

Among computer science aficionados, Dr. Charles Herzfeld is affectionately known as the “Godfather of the Internet.” As Director of ARPA, the 1960s forerunner of DARPA (today’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), he was the force behind the development of the ARPANET, which ultimately became the Internet we know today. But what many do not know is the backstory behind this phenomenal achievement. The heady political, cultural and scientific milieu of that time was his element, and he emerged as a true high-tech legend. His numerous awards and honors include induction into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012, with the title of “Pioneer.” Charles Herzfeld’s life story is an iconic American tale. Here, in his own words, is that story.

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Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years, 1950-1967 Vol.1


Author: Scott Laidig;

Foreword by General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret);

Preface by Dr. John F. Guilmartin, Lt Col, USAF (Ret);


In this first volume of the authorized Al Gray, Marine biography series, author, Scott Laidig gives a detailed account of Al Gray as a young sergeant in the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon through his tours with the artillery, the infantry, special operations, and intelligence units through 1967. This work is well-researched and referenced – rich with personal and historical details, images, anecdotes and colorful episodes that bring this remarkable Marine’s experiences to life on the page. Hardbound and Kindle editions are available through Amazon and through our distributor, Baker & Taylor.

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