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47 Spring 2016 By Major Christopher J. Rivers The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Training With Industry (TWI) Program is currently in its second year. The program was established because the U.S. Army desires exposure to civilian law enforcement offcer training and because FLETC benefts from interaction with the military community. The 12-month training program consists of rotations through 10 FLETC divisions within the Glynco Training Directorate and the Regional and Interna- tional Training Directorate, both located in Glynco, Geor- gia. The program also includes a partnership with an ad- ministrator from the FLETC administrative headquarters, participation in the curriculum review/development process, certifcation as an assessor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Organization, and completion of the FLETC Law Enforcement Instructor Training Program. While participating in the FLETC TWI Program, I also stud- ied the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was asked to brief my fndings at an international law enforcement seminar. FLETC is uniquely positioned to partner with interna- tional law enforcement agencies to explore timely and critical issues that impact our national security. In February 2015, FLETC was the only U.S. agency that was invited to par- ticipate in an international seminar hosted by the European Police College (CEPOL) to address the global threat posed by ISIL. At the invitation of FLETC and with the support the U.S. Army Military Police School, I attended this semi- nar as the only U.S. representa- tive and provided an unclassifed briefng consist- ing of an overview of ISIL from the U.S. perspective. The seminar was attended by 90 se- nior police offcers representing 34 countries and seven European agencies. CE- POL, which was established in 2000, is a European Union (EU) agency that is dedicated to providing training opportu- nities for senior police offcials on issues that are vital to the security of the EU and its citizens. The training and activi- ties hosted by CEPOL are designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices and to contribute to the de- velopment of a common European law enforcement culture. Originally based in Brams Hill, United Kingdom, CEPOL moved its headquarters to Budapest, Hungary, in late 2014. 1 ISIL has rapidly risen to international prominence as it has progressed from representing a regional threat to posing a danger to peace and security worldwide. Its military vic- tories in Syria and Iraq have been largely due to the of foreign fghters, large cash reserves, and the ineffective- ness of security forces. The terrorist group, which began as a Jordanian-led extremist organization in 1999, moved to Iraq in 2004 under the leadership of Abu Musab al Zarqawi and became known as al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI). In 2013, under the direction of its current leader Abu Omar al Baghdadi, AQI rebranded itself as ISIL to a wider geographic focus. In early 2014, the al-Qaida central lead- ership rejected ISIL, at which time ISIL became an entity unto itself. After signifcant success in Syria and Iraq, ISIL changed its name to the Islamic State, under- scoring its determination not to be limited by geographic borders in restoring its vision of the ca- liphate. 2 Al Baghdadi then changed his name to Caliph Ibra- him and demanded that the Muslim world recognize him as the leader of the world-wide Islamic caliphate. 3 No longer confned to fghting in Iraq and Syria, ISIL now poses a global threat. The attacks in Canada, France, Bel- gium, Denmark, Tunisia, and the United States emphasize the need for all countries to be prepared for attacks by ISIL and those inspired by ISIL. The diffculty of identifying and preventing "lone wolf" attacks was a major topic of discus- sion at the seminar. Many democratic nations struggle with effectively countering terrorist threats without infringing on the personal liberties of their citizens. The seminar also triggered an in-depth discussion about the ability of ISIL to recruit, radicalize, and mobilize foreign fghters and about the relative ease with which they are able to move across international borders. Caliph Ibrahim

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