Ben Sheppard


Senior Associate

Ben Sheppard, Ph.D. designs and runs war game simulations using IAF’s futures tools.  These scenario planning exercises, which are based on war gaming and are customized for corporations, NGO’s, and governments, examine the robustness of current and alternative decision making and of organizational structures under various internal and external conditions.

Dr. Sheppard also consults on resilience planning on man-made and natural disasters, with a particular focus on terrorism and pandemic flu strategies. His work examines how the public responds to terrorist attacks and what authorities can do in such situations, combining international relations and risk analysis techniques (risk communication and risk perception) to enhance homeland security policy development and decision making. Sheppard is the author of The Psychology of Strategic Terrorism: Public and Government Responses to Attack (published by Routledge, 2009). He received his Ph.D. from the War Studies Department at King’s College London in the U.K. and is also an Adjunct Fellow of the Potomac Institute, in Washington DC. Sheppard regularly publishes articles on terrorism including for Jane’s Defence Weekly. He is also a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations where he teaches the graduate course Political Risk Analysis.