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Disabling Vehicles

Disabling Vehicles

In the preparedness and security communities a great deal of time and money is often spent on vehicles. It’s remarkable how far things have come in the last few years and what individuals have been able to develop in terms of performance and capabilities. The reality...

Social Media: Who’s Using Whom?

Social Media: Who’s Using Whom?

Technology giants invest billions of dollars into their social media platforms. It’s likely that a good deal of this is spent on discovering ways in which users of their free services can be manipulated. Whereas their initial motivations may have primarily been...

Active Shooters or Shots Fired

Active Shooters or Shots Fired

As protests and riots continue, and as calls to defund law enforcement agencies are foolishly implemented, there’s little doubt that violent crime will increase in the United States. This will likely include many more shooting incidents in 2021 and beyond. Active...

Cultural Insights

Cultural Insights

Both my undergraduate and graduate studies were in the field of cultural anthropology. One of the greatest gifts of this training is the ability to perceive the world through the eyes of those who live in very different contexts than one’s own. Twenty-five years after...

Offline Navigation

Offline Navigation

With the dawn of smartphones, getting from one place to another has become easy. Push a button, ask for driving or walking directions to a location, and we’re off. Without us even having to look at a map, our phones can guide us where we want to go with turn-by-turn...

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...

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