Category | Reality of Terrorism

Preparedness and/or Prevention

Posted on 30 March 2014

While we stand shoulder to shoulder as First Responders, there is a fundamental difference between the way that police officers, paramedics and firefighters view 911 responses.

JetBlue Insanity & Passenger Outlook

Posted on 28 March 2012

Act accordingly. Don’t hesitate. Don’t be polite. Act with speed and aggressive violence to immediately end the existing threat. Be able to explain your observations and fears / motivations afterward. Your actions still have to be justified and legal – which shouldn’t be too hard to articulate in light of the potential threat.

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CCW & The Active Shooter

Posted on 09 February 2012

In recent months, with active shooter events having occurred at a mall, a church and as children got off a school bus, there have been numerous postings in various online forums from civilians who hold concealed carry permits asking, “How should we react to this?”

9/11/01: Ten Years Later. Never Forget!

Posted on 11 September 2011

A few years ago I sat and typed a blog about a conversation I’d had with my youngest son.  As we mark ten years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, it feels appropriate to repost it now. – – – - My wife had to work an evening shift the other day and, […]

Terrorists’ Evolving Tactics

Posted on 27 September 2008

More than 200 years ago President Thomas Jefferson had to deal with the “Barbary Pirates” – religious fanatics / criminals who were pirating ships off the coast of Tripoli. He had to dispatch Marines to go and deal with them. Today we see a surge in piracy off the coast of Somalia, but that’s far […]

How Secure Is Our Security?

Posted on 16 July 2008

Recently I had cause to visit our nation’s capital and attend a semi-formal function that was held in the Ronald Reagan building. Not realizing that it was a federally owned and operated building (okay, so it was a stupid moment) I put my usual unarmed “reduced” load into my pants and sport coat: wallet, keys, […]

Beslan, USA

Posted on 19 February 2007

The most negligent, unprofessional, obscene words anyone can ever say are: “It will never happen here.” – LtCol Dave Grossman Everything is a matter of perception. – Deputy Shawn Davenport It Will Never Happen Here, USA has been a few places, the names of which we should all recognize: Littleton Colorado; Austin Texas; Paducah Kentucky; […]

Evolving Immediate Response Training

Posted on 18 December 2006

Since 1999 and the occurrence of the shootings at Columbine High School police departments nationwide have been integrating Active Shooter – sometimes also called Immediate Response – training into their operations. This became mandatory because Columbine proved that law enforcement protocols as they existed then were unacceptable. Between 1966 when Charles Whitman went up into […]

5th Generation Warfare

Posted on 30 October 2006

Just in the past few days I received an email – via one of the server lists I’m on – that made me think about all aspects of the current war on terror and how they could apply as much here in the United States as they do in the “war zone” of Iraq or […]

Counter-Terrorism Task Force Concept Done Right

Posted on 18 September 2006

Last week’s article about the future of school safety and how our day to day perceptions have got to be changed if we’re to do things right has grown into this week’s article about the idea and reality of Counter-Terrorism Task Forces and how that concept has to be developed in an efficient NON-political manner. […]

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