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What do You Value, and Why?

What do You Value, and Why?

I recently watched a documentary on the history of coffee production. The commentator noted that coffee is the second most valuable legally-traded commodity in the world. Apparently only oil is more valued by mankind. I’ve been fascinated by coffee since childhood. I...

Quality Matters

Quality Matters

Thanks to outstanding courses based on the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) protocol and its civilian counterpart known as Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), countless thousands are being trained in prehospital trauma care. There’s no way of knowing how many...

Unmasking Evil

Unmasking Evil

Many who serve in roles having to do with security have likely come face-to-face with evil more than once. Those among them who serve internationally, especially in low-visibility roles, have moved among evil for so long that it becomes easily recognizable, even when...

Notes: An Unexpected Tactical Tool

Notes: An Unexpected Tactical Tool

In an ideal world we would have years of training and experience in hard skills and tactics, soft skills and tactics, and survival skills across a wide range of climate zones. We would be thoroughly familiar with our various areas of operation and the groups present...

No Greater Privilege

No Greater Privilege

What comes to mind when you hear the word “privilege.” For some the word speaks to the special access enjoyed by those who are wealthy or who have powerful connections. Acceptance to Ivy League schools without much effort, front row seats at NBA finals, and membership...

Land of the Free…

Land of the Free…

The natural right to defend oneself, one’s family, and one’s property is foundational to human civilization. From anthropological accounts, it seems evident that even the most ancient forms of tribal society had rules about when harming another human being was...

In Control

In Control

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved dogs. Some of my earliest memories are of the Basset Hound my parents had when I was born. I never really knew Puddles, as he was called. He died when I was still an infant. For most of my life since, however, various dogs have...

Perseverance

Perseverance

Language is amazing. It allows us to communicate thoughts, feelings, and concepts through words. It should be realized, however, that language is simply representative. The actual meanings we attempt to convey through words are often far more profound than can be...

Three-Dimensional Warriors

Three-Dimensional Warriors

Books and movies can be wonderful. So can images, videos, and information presented online. The issue is, each of these mediums convey content in only two dimensions, length and width. 3D movies do a good job of adding a third dimension, an illusion of depth, yet even...

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