DOS vs. ISIS – The war of Ideas

The U.S. Department of State vs. ISIS – The war of Ideas

ISIS recrutiting - Aegis Academy - Think again turn awayWhile I was still on active duty, I witnessed some of the severely incompetent planning, policies and execution by the Department of State (DOS). De-Baathification, disbanding the Iraqi Army, rebuilding Fallujah and the use of contractor vice uniformed military details for standard security operations are but the tip of the iceberg. Their inability to adapt over the course of a decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their arrogant adherence to bad policy was, and continues to be staggering. Their latest foray into anti-ISIS propaganda was a video titled, Welcome to Islamic State Land. Like much of the entire Think Again, Turn Away program, it waivered between sarcasm, attempts at humor and grisly depictions of inhumane activity. It is indicative of the colossal gap between how the DOS views ISIS and what … Read more »

Sources of Information and Personal Security

The Impact of Accurate Information on Personal Security

Sources of Information - Aegis Acadmey - Travel Risk ManagementSince most of us choose not to live like a paranoid fanatic with cleared fields of fire from our front door to the keep-out signs surrounding our houses – life is about managing the risks we choose to accept. Everything we do from the moment we are born until the day we pass involves making risk assessments and developing various means of avoiding or mitigating the risk we choose to accept. We all do it every day and in many aspects of our lives we are experts. Unfortunately, it’s in the big-ticket items where people tend to make mistakes in this arena – and that unfortunately results in a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering.

For starters – stop worrying about things that don’t happen and spend a few of those minutes preparing for the inevitable. If you simply plan for the … Read more »

Developing Sound Decision Making Skills

Effective decision making skills – A programatic approach

Decision Making, decision making skills, aegis academy, Patrick henryWhen it comes to personal defense, the ability to make a decision to act is the critical element in everyone’s survivability. Your physical skills are completely irrelevant without the ability to decide to use them. Just like physical skills, you can train to make better, more efficient decisions. In order to improve this complex and somewhat automatic mental response we break it down into its core elements. At Aegis Academy we break the decision-making development process into five modules – awareness, predatory behavior, legal and moral factors, threat identification, and triggers. The time that a Master compared to a Novice chess player takes to make a move is a great example of trained vs. untrained decision making skills.

While recording eye movements, we see that novice chess players frequently look at or evaluate fewer than one hundred possible locations (or choices) prior Read more »

Social Media and the Attack Cycle

Cyber stalking is a collection of information you released…

FB PredatorEvery attacker adheres to a process of finding, choosing, stalking, closing, and ultimately attacking their victims. An attacker has to get each phase of that attack cycle correct in order to be effective, but  a potential victim only has to break the cycle at any single point in the chain to thwart the attack. The more information a potential attacker has, the easier it becomes to create a situation where they have an overwhelming advantage. Today, we are discussing how much of an advantage social media can provide a potential attacker if you are not careful.

When professionals plan attacks, predicting when a target will be somewhere is the lynchpin—and criminals are no different! Geotagging is a process by which location data (EXIF data) are embedded in a photograph. These data typically show exactly when and where a photo was taken. … Read more »