Detailed and in-depth observations of suspect individuals through behavioral analysis could be of real benefit to the security professional in the early detection of a major security incident and protecting yourself and client from collateral damage.
The Age of the Super Crises
The Age of the Super Crises ~ a nuclear threat North Korea’s recent nuclear tests should not be underestimated. 2013 could well be the most pivotal year for strategic military weapon controls (i.e., concerns around armed nukes) since the closing of the Cold War more than two decades ago. Why do I say this? […]
Nigeria – Country Threat Assessment
NIGERIA: COUNTRY THREAT ASSESSMENT Kidnapping Context: Violent crime is widespread which includes violent street crime, armed robberies, carjacking’s, kidnapping and rape. Nigerian nationals are most affected, but expatriate personnel without adequate security will be seen as lucrative targets due to their perceived wealth. Crime levels are highest in the Delta regions and Lagos, but […]
FocusOn: NIGERIA April 2013 BACKGROUND The Federal Republic of Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with a population of 166 million1, comprising 250 linguistic groups, almost as many ethnic factions and with a relatively even religious divide. Northern Nigeria is predominately Muslim while Christians make up the majority in the South with […]
Minding The Media
Minding the Media Behind many of the news teams you see reporting from high risk environments can be found a ‘Safety Advisor’, anonymous, unseen and unacknowledged, just as they prefer it. These individuals are more than bodyguards: highly trained and experienced, skilled in field medicine, communications and logistics they also have a sound tactical […]
Focus on: Afghanistan – March 2013
Focus on: Afghanistan – March 2013 Significant Events At least one Afghan civilian and a foreigner residing in Kabul have been injured during an explosion in District 15, Kabul. A magnetic IED attach to a Toyota Surf detonated at the front gate of the Minister of Interior’s Counter-Narcotics office. During the explosion two people […]
Running the Gauntlet
Author Interview with Luke Duffy Luke Duffy is a former Paratrooper, and present day contractor on the circuit in Iraq. He is the newly published author of ‘Running the Gauntlet – The Private War in Iraq’, the book which recounts his transition from British Armed Forces to Private Security Contractor and his experiences during […]
The Threat To Americans for Burning The Quran In The US
Mazar-e-Sharif is a northern Afghanistan province and the location where seven U.N. workers were killed by a mob in retaliation for the threat of burning of a Holy Quran in the U.S.
Hostage Kidnap and Ransom
Hostage taking awareness info for the Security Professional travelling abroad (pre and post capture) OVERVIEW I must state from the outset that the likelihood of being kidnapped or taken hostage is very slim. However, if it does happen, your chances of survival are deemed as very high. Hostage taking or kidnapping is a terrifying experience […]
My name is Philip Young and I am a South African citizen incarcerated in Afghanistan. My incarceration is the result of an incident that took place in Helmand Province on the 1st of October 2009. The incident involved the fatal shooting, by me, of an Afghan citizen. The shooting came about when the […]
Mexico Risk Factors
What was I doing hanging outside a Mexican prison riot waiting for it to kick-off in the blaring sun surrounded by heavily armed, ill-tempered Policeman and armed only with some sunscreen and a smile?
Afghan Endgame OEF – Why it failed and what next… After more than a decade of bloody operations, is it finally time for NATO to concede defeat on the battlefield and switch tactics? Operation Enduring Freedom – The chaotic legacy of the Bush administration outlives its architect and wears on into a tenth year. […]