Lone Wolf terrorism is a modern and effective way to create terror. The Lone Wolf is able to use little to no communication, doesn’t require large scales of funding from affiliates, and can strike any target of their choosing. By utilizing these methods,  their actions are not correlated with a larger cell. Given these characteristics of the Lone Wolf, location, finding, and elimination their means to an end has intelligence and law communities scrambling on getting ahead of this type of attacker.  Drew Dwyer

Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters.

The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by actors with an apparent history of mental illness – but few if any direct links to extremist groups, the officials told Reuters.

From both a legal and a strategic perspective, counterterrorism investigators globally are focused on plots by established violent groups with known ideologies, such as Islamic State. In the U.S., laws designed to protect citizens from intrusive government spying can limit investigations of individuals unless they have provable ties to foreign terror groups.