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OSMET 6: 90 Days in West Africa: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Communicated Threat Assessment
Overview: In 2017, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Molly Amman deployed to Dakar, Senegal, for 90 days to assist US and West African elements with front-line threat assessment and management efforts throughout an 11-nation region of responsibility. With terrorist groups encroaching on West Africa, threatening communications and acts take on a new urgency in a region fighting to keep these groups at bay. In this presentation, Molly will walk the audience through the environment and threat picture in West Africa in late 2017. She will then share an anonymized sample of a threat she assessed during her assignment at Dakar. Assessment strategies used to evaluate it will be shared, and placed within the context of country, target, threat situation, and geopolitical events. Audience members will be able to compare and contrast this case to their own cases and experiences, drawing valuable insights into the challenges shared by everyone in identifying and mitigating threats of violence.
Recently retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Molly Amman is a former member of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia. In that role, Molly served as the program manager for the BAU’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Center (BTAC), a multiagency group leading the FBI’s efforts in threat assessment and management. SSA Amman led behavioral analysis efforts related to threatening communications, completed and prospective targeted violence attacks, stalking and extortion, crisis incidents, and more. Molly also worked in the BAU’s terrorism behavioral analysis program. In these roles, Molly collaborated with law enforcement and public safety partners, intelligence agencies, professional organizations and members of academia in assessing threats of violence posed by individuals and groups. She has also conducted training around the world and has authored several publications on topics related to threats and targeted violence. Throughout her career in the FBI, Molly also completed several long-term overseas deployments, including 2017 to Dakar, Senegal. There, she worked alongside US and West African elements to mitigate and prevent the spread of terrorism and radicalization in the region and assess other threats including extortion and threats of mass violence.
Prior to joining the BAU, Molly was on faculty at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. SSA Amman has also been assigned to the Albuquerque (New Mexico), Omaha (Nebraska), Counterterrorism, and International Operations divisions of the FBI. Molly graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, followed by a Juris Doctorate from Drake University. After practicing law as a prosecutor, SSA Amman joined the FBI in 1998.
Since retiring from FBI service in 2020, Molly is now engaged in private practice threat assessment and management. She resides in the midwestern USA with her family.
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