Terror’s Sophistication Paradox 

Orlando, London, Paris, San Bernardino, Manchester, Berlin. These are cities with which we now associate terrorist attacks. New York, Mumbai, Oklahoma City, and Washington as well but the more recent events reveal a contradiction ripe for explanation.  The sophisticated and coordinated attacks of 9/11 in the U.S. and 7/7 in the U.K. gave rise to…

The Inharmonious Warrior

in·har·mo·ni·ous   inhärˈmōnēəs/ adjective adjective: inharmonious    1. not forming or contributing to a pleasing whole; discordant, dissonant, incongruous  Alcoholism, drug addiction, violent behavior, shattered relationships, and suicide.  Far too often, these descriptions are applied to our modern warrior class; the warfighters who have struggled so mightily through the last 13+ years of war.  Portrayed, often…

Threat Perception – Do you see what I see?

“He has a weapon!” Those words were screamed in my direction as several people immediately began fleeing the pile of bodies in a parking lot in Stockton, California.  I remember thinking at the time, “That’s awfully vague.  What kind of weapon?  A penknife, or a 44 magnum?”  It would have been nice to have more…

A Company of Singletons

Training.  We all promote it, participate in it, and enjoy criticizing the methods of others.  It seems everyone with a gun is running some type of training program these days – from former Special Operations guys to Police Officers.  It is the first thing we recommend after a new shooter purchases their first firearm.  Training.…

Alone: Killing the warrior class

“How you doing, bro?” “Check on your buddy.” We’ve all heard these things repeated thousands of times over these long years of war.  Although many of us don’t heed the warnings and most of us will reply to any inquiries with a simple, “I’m fine”, we repeat these phrases reflexively on many occasions. The most…

Survival Essentials: CBRN

With much attention being focused on Syria and the reports of chemical weapons being employed there, I thought I would take a moment to discuss a vital aspect of survival that I believe is neglected.  CBRN (chemical, biological,  radiological,  nuclear) knowledge should be considered critical to any long term survival strategy.  But, it is something…