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"Failure is not an Option"
March 2012
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The Business of Training, Part II

Your philosophy is the company’s philosophy

Last Month’s article shared some introductory thoughts about starting a training company. At the end of that article, veteran trainer Jim Glennon gave us some of his thoughts about what makes a good instructor. Let’s continue in that vein. As the owner of a training company, you will have a lot to do: You may be the president, instructor, secretary and grunt worker all in one. But if you’re fortunate, at some point you might realize that you need help. That means bringing in other folks to assist in getting the message across. Even if you’re not thinking about starting your own training company, a lot of these same principles apply to running an effective training division within an organization. There’s something in this month’s column for everyone.

Test Their Mettle
When considering potential assistant instructors, their credibility should rank up there with your own. Typically, they’ve been training for awhile and have some instructor-level courses on their resume.

You might also consider giving a trainer with less experience an opportunity to prove themselves. Regardless of their skill level, consider two things. First, the folks who are going to represent your company should have completed a generic instructor development course. This is a nuts-and-bolts class that gives them the tools and knowledge to train others, regardless of the particular topics they’ll teach. There’s both science and art involved in teaching, and that’s especially true when dealing with...read more

Packages and Gestures

Carrying contraband or carrying something hazardous to public safety will be different than how a person carries routine items or packages. The differences we look for are very clear and very obvious once you know what they are.

Packages – we see them around us every day. Some large, some small, different colors, different shapes and sizes, from the beginning of our day to the end of our day we see them around us constantly. Often, we try to determine what’s in these packages. Could it contain a threat to public safety or some other form of contraband? How can we tell what’s inside all of these packages?

It’s not the package we need to know about! It’s understanding the person who is carrying the package. We can’t read minds, but we can read and understand the body gestures of the person who has the package. Reading the gestures of the person carrying the package helps us determine the contents of the package. Think back for a second – every day you see how people handle things they carry. Think about a supermarket. Think about a person reaching into a...read more

Making the Case for Surveillance Detection

Someone once told me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess that statement is true to some extent. As I’m watching the world of terrorism continue to evolve, observe the growing phenomenon of “homegrown terrorists,” and the advent of the new internet based Inspire magazine allegedly published by al-Qa’ida on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), those of us in the security, law enforcement, and military communities need to be as proactive as we can.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, [1] terrorists are increasing their use of the internet as a means of communicating with each other – and the rest of the world. Western governments have intensified surveillance of such sites but their prosecution of site operators is hampered by concerns over civil liberties, the Internet’s inherent anonymity, legal constraints, and other factors.

“The internet is a powerful tool for terrorists, who use online message boards and chat rooms to share information, coordinate attacks, spread propaganda, raise funds, and recruit, experts say. According to Haifa University’s Gabriel Weimann, whose research on the subject is widely cited, the number of terrorist (web) sites increased exponentially over the last decade – - from less than 100 to more than 4,800 two years ago. The numbers can be somewhat misleading, however. In the case of al-Qa’ida,, hundreds of sister sites have been promulgated but only a handful are considered active, experts say. Nonetheless, analysts do see a clear proliferation trend.” [2]

What’s changing is the ease of anonymous and global communication, the ability to recruit, motivate, and train homegrown terrorists, and further exploitation of vulnerabilities in our...read more

This article (Taming chaos with a personal disaster plan) was originally published awhile back but it is as relevant today as it was then so we bring it up again as a reminder, prepare now for the day shall come!

Taming chaos with a personal disaster plan

Over the past week we’ve seen a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused a nuclear accident, the Saudis sending troops into Bahrain to quell civil unrest there and the government of Yemen taking measures to expel foreign media as protests have swelled against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

We have also recently seen large-scale evacuations of expatriates from Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and it is not unreasonable to assume that we might see a similar exodus from Bahrain and Yemen if developments in those countries deteriorate. Moreover, in Japan, the risk of radiation and conditions that are not yet under control at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could force further evacuations there.

In light of this uncertain environment, STRATFOR thought it prudent to address once again the topic of personal contingency planning. Indeed, we also made this topic the subject of this week’s Above the Tearline video. While we have often discussed this topic in relation to terrorist attacks, its principles are also readily applicable to crises caused by natural disaster, war andcivil unrest. When a crisis erupts, having an established personal contingency plan provides people with a head start and a set of tools that can help them avoid, or at least mitigate, the effects of the chaos and panic that accompany crisis events.

When Chaos Reigns
When a crisis erupts due to civil unrest, natural disaster or a major terrorist attack, a number of things happen rapidly and sometimes simultaneously. First, panic ensues as people attempt to flee the immediate scene of the disaster, usually seeking safety using the same escape routes. At the same time, police, fire and emergency medical units all attempt to respond to the scene, so there can be terrible traffic and pedestrian crowd-control problems. In the event of large civil disturbances, roads can also be clogged with protesters, troops and panicked civilians. This can be magnified by...read more

What we do isn’t a game

When a police officer is thrust into the fight of his or her life, the outcome will not decide who gets a Super Bowl ring, but who lives and dies

I have come to grips with a condition I have struggled with since I was boy. I have LSI — Low Sports Interest — a condition for which there apparently is no cure. I think I was born this way even though I tried to fight it. I’m told there are a couple of “important” football games this weekend, but as a person with LSI, I have very little interest.

I was embarrassed as a young boy when my dad caught me reading a book about how to throw a football. “You can’t learn to throw a football by reading a book,” he said compassionately. I was confused. After all, the name of the book was...read more

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