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Contingency Challenge

Contingency Challenge

I serve as Global Security Advisor for hundreds of teams operating overseas. Many serve in some of the most challenging international locations you can imagine. It’s not unusual for security incidents to take place unexpectedly, and for us to have to move quickly in...

Security and Knowing the “Other”

Security and Knowing the “Other”

Relatively few individuals serve in low-visibility roles in challenging international locations. Those who do know the importance of understanding the culture of those among whom they operate. We address this in Topic 01.01.02 of the Panoplia.org Soft Skills and...

Identity and Backstopping

Identity and Backstopping

A few months ago we posted our definition of “Soft Skills and Tactics.” This reads as follows: It goes without saying that individuals who operate overseas in this way spend a great deal of time and effort ensuring that publicly-available information about themselves...

Checkpoints vs. Ambushes

Checkpoints vs. Ambushes

The Mayor of New York City recently announced the establishment of checkpoints at various entrances to the city. The stated purpose was to help ensure that individuals traveling from COVID-19 hotspots were made aware of quarantine policies. It’s unclear how many...

Communications Redundancy

Communications Redundancy

Less than a week ago the multinational technology company known as Garmin was hit by a cyber attack. Several of the Garmin services remain unavailable as of 07/28/2020. This is significant for a number of reasons. Many organizations and security professionals,...

Edged Weapons Defense

Edged Weapons Defense

On Sunday morning, July 5, 2020, an attack was caught on video. Two men in their seventies were riding the Number Seven train in New York City. A young man sitting across from them asked “Why aren’t you home with your kids?” He then used a knife to violently attack...

Actor Mapping

Actor Mapping

It’s difficult to win games in the National Football League (NFL). This is despite the fact that everyone on the field is playing by the same rules. In addition, players know their opponents well, and coaches spend countless hours scouting the other team’s play calls...

Risk Assessment/Contingency Planning

Risk Assessment/Contingency Planning

Imagine for a moment that you live in an area where civil unrest is increasing daily. Food shortages are becoming a reality. You’ve heard reports that armed gangs of young men are breaking into businesses and homes in large cities. Footage of violent protests and...

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...

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