The New Reality…


I was at an Infragard sponsored terrorism symposium this week I heard three well respected panelists, all professional security practitioners, use the term “the new reality” several times over the course of the hour. Much of what they had to say was insightful, intelligent and well thought out, but the concept that our future is a series of ever increasing high active-shooter-incidentsprofile attacks and expanding incidents of workplace violence is not necessarily the case. While we have reaped the security benefit of debt-fueled spending, favorable demographic shifts and excessive incarceration, those means of security are no longer feasible mechanisms of reducing violence in our society. We need to adjust to that new reality.

“The new reality”, as used by the panel and generally by security professionals at large is frequently referencing what is different about the enemies, criminals, or terrorists we face. Most security professionals are trained to analyze … Read more »

Responding to Mass Violence in Our Community




“Men do not rise to the level of their expectation, but default to their level of training.”


~ Archilochos


Gun sales and the demand for personal security training typically increase in the aftermath of a high profile events like terrorist attacks, mass shootings, or a particularly gruesome homicide. We can expect this weeks latest episode in Orlando to provoke the same. That is quite likely a very normal characteristic of the human condition; that we perceive what is current or popular as more pressing or threatening than those events with less notoriety. Sadly, these waves of popularity do very little to increase the safety and security of our society. Much like fitness, health or being good at your job, protective and defensive skills require commitment, consistency and a solid progression.

When it comes to security, the culture of our society has changed significantly. Historically, our approach to … Read more »

Reducing Mass Violence

crime-scene-30112While I am no fan of the Brady campaigns use of inaccuracy, in this case they have used actual facts, to create a product that has the potential to reduce mass murder and homicide. This is quite different from their usual playback of blaming inanimate objects for societal failure. This concept has the potential to help start the process of alleviating those societal failures.
The Brady Campaign has developed a plugin for the Chrome browser that will block the names and photographs of any murderer from being displayed. Ogilvy and Mather are the marketing component of what they are calling “Zero Minutes of Fame”. The glorification of mass murder is a clear contributor to future acts of mass murder. That is not an opinion or idea; it’s a statically valid fact.
We know that nearly every mass murderer has studied and practically obsessed, about prior mass murderers. Certainly they look … Read more »

An Armchair Analysis of the Terrorist Attacks in Brussels

What Happened:

Brussels was hit in two different locations approximately seven miles apart by multiple attackers. We have at least one confirmed suicide bomber, an AK-47 and reports of Arabic spoken prior to the attack. We have “suspicious packages” reported at the royal residence and one other government building which are in the process of being dealt with by explosive ordinance teams.

At about 8:00AM local time, a suicide bomber approached the security checkpoint at Zaventem airport and detonated his explosives. He did not pass the internal security zone and detonated in the crowd cueing at the check in desks near the entrance to the internal security checkpoints. Reports of shots being fired prior to detonation have been reported, but not confirmed. An AK-47 is reported to have been found near the scene. 10 people are currently reported dead and 100 injured.

Surveillance video reveals three men, one of whom … Read more »

Religion, Racism and Cultural Diversity


When we look at history, it is typically the strongest of opinions that drive conflict, violence and social unrest. Strong opinions and people committed to their ideas, many of which were uniformly unpopular, are also the cause of our most significant advances. The impact of religion has had a mixed impact on society as a whole, at time beneficial, and at times violent. Racism falls in the same boat. Despite the popular notion that “multiculturalism” is good for society, has some limitations that we need to consider.

DNAThe concept that multiculturalism is good for society stems from scientific studies on genetics and the long-term survival of species. In general, non-specialized species tend to survive longer than highly specialized ones as they are most able to adapt to change. The more genetic diversity in an ecosystem, the better prepared it is for unforeseen shocks to the system. Further, it is … Read more »