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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,  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.” 
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
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
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
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