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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...

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...

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