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They’ll be Voting, Will you?

They’ll be Voting, Will you?

In November 1864 the United States stood at a crossroads. After enduring 3.5 years of bloody civil war, Americans in the Union had the opportunity to vote. The choice was between the incumbent Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, and the Democratic challenger,...

On Being Faithful

On Being Faithful

I’m new to the world of social media. I’ve enjoyed using Instagram (IG) as a way to meet new people. We also use it to let members of the wider military, law enforcement, and security community know about Panoplia.org and the articles we post. When I run across an...

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...

Things Above

Things Above

As you well know, this year has had more than its share of challenges. Millions have either lost their lives or been severely impacted in other ways by the global pandemic. There’s unrest and fighting in the streets, and many individuals are struggling with health...

Loadout Level 3B (LL-3B) Update

Loadout Level 3B (LL-3B) Update

The Panoplia.org Soft Skills and Tactics (SST) course includes a five-topic lesson called “Loadout Levels.” Some refer to this wider concept as “Lines of Gear.” We make the following statement in the introduction to this lesson: As much fun as it is to keep up on the...

Staying on the Path

Staying on the Path

Literary works penned by exceptional writers often stand the test of time. A few become classics and are enjoyed by generations of readers. Some of the best provide imagery that help us visualize important concepts. An outstanding example is a work known as “The...

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...

The Fruit of God’s Presence

The Fruit of God’s Presence

In February 2020 we posted an article titled, “The Lost Art of Waiting.” In this, we described how while living overseas we developed a taste for papaya. Since the varieties sold in the USA are so expensive and somewhat tasteless, we decided in September 2019 to plant...

Powering Off-Grid Comms – Part Two

Powering Off-Grid Comms – Part Two

Two weeks ago we posted an article that addressed the need for communications redundancy. We noted that for most domestic (CONUS) and international (OCONUS) travel we make use of a three-tier Comms Redundancy Plan. This includes an iPhone (Primary), a MacBook Pro...

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