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Pre-Crisis Relationships

Pre-Crisis Relationships

We apologize for missing our normal posting schedule this past week. This may be necessary again in the near term. The crisis in Ukraine has obviously severely impacted millions of people. We are involved in collecting information and advising a number of teams and...

Expanding Situational Awareness

Expanding Situational Awareness

There’s an old English adage that states, “He can’t see the forest for the trees.” This means that a person is so preoccupied with things that take place in his or her immediate surroundings that he or she loses sight of the larger context. Anyone who’s had any degree...

Base-Monitored Movements

Base-Monitored Movements

Imagine how helpless you would feel if someone you love, or someone for whom you are responsible in some way, went missing and you had no idea where to start looking. I’ve been involved in situations like this numerous times. I’ve been on the Global Security Advisor...

SMGs: Where do You Fit?

SMGs: Where do You Fit?

Have you ever considered starting or joining a Subject Matter Group (SMG)? If this concept is new to you, read on. The values of rugged individualism and self-reliance have long been cherished by many. And yet, even the most self-reliant among us understand the need...

A Love of Learning

A Love of Learning

Last week we posted an article featuring the results of tests we ran on an off-grid communications option. We noted that the acronym PACE stands for a four-tier communication plan that includes Primary, Alternative, Contingency, and Emergency levels. These levels of...

The Wisdom of Redundancy

The Wisdom of Redundancy

The recent cyberattack on the 5,500 mile long Colonial pipeline has had significant consequences. Panic buying has resulted in fuel shortages in many locations. For example, it was reported May 14, 2021 that over 80% of gas stations in Washington D.C. were without...

Care for Your Spare

Care for Your Spare

We probably don’t think about it much, yet our tires are the only part of our vehicles that normally touch the road. Without inflated tires you’re not going too far. This is a vulnerability of which we need to be aware. We published an article on 10 February 2021...

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...

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