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Mixed Messages During A Violent School Incident

By Jeffrey Hawkins

We witnessed another rapidly escalating violent confrontation in one of our schools this week when a high school student attacked a security officer, school staff, and fellow students with two knives, leaving 21 people injured, two critically.

Fortunately, as of this writing, no one has died. However, the injuries and trauma experienced by those involved  will impact them, and their loved ones for the rest of their lives.

Even though this situation did not involve a firearm, the attacker caused significant damage in a short period of time before being subdued. The attacker injured 21 people within 5 to 15 minutes, which is very similar to an active shooter situation in terms of the age/gender of the attacker, entry method, and the swiftness and randomness of the attack.Read the rest

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The Stages of Planning and Securing Large-Scale Events

By Matt Loux
Faculty Member, Security Management at American Military University

Large international events such as the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil cause a myriad of security concerns. The World Cup security plan is set to include about 170,000 security members with a cost of nearly $800 million dollars. In planning for such events, we cannot forget the Munich 1972 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic tragedies and the ongoing risks of terrorist attacks. Therefore, the international exchange of best practices is essential to the process in an effort to address such threats and vulnerabilities.

Pre-Planning Process
This stage usually takes place 12 to 18 months prior to the event.… Read the rest

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Don Meyerhoff

Private Security and the Need to Protect Publicly Accessible Spaces

By Don Meyerhoff
Professor, School of Public Service and Health at American Military University

With the advent of more high-profile terrorist attacks against private citizenry in publicly accessible spaces, the message of increased interest in “soft-target” selection should be obvious. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the attempted and successful attack types that were once more predominate in “other” parts of the world.

The Western world has been successful in two major areas of protection:

  1. Bolstering the security of our infrastructure and high-value targets
  2. Decentralizing major terrorism networks

This has left us with no less an intelligent and rational adversary. We are not facing a monolithic enemy that has a single level of complexity, but rather one with a system of ideologies, motivations, capabilities and resources that is no less aggressive about transforming and maturing than we are in our endeavors to protect against, and ultimately defeat them.… Read the rest

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Jeffrey Fowler

The Importance of Specialization in Security Management

By Jeffrey Fowler, faculty at American Military University

Listen to this podcast to learn more about the major areas of specialization in security management, emerging areas within the field, and unique opportunities that exist for security professionals due to the growth of global and cross-cultural organizations.

Jeffrey FowlerAbout the Presenter: Professor Fowler has more than 30 years of experience in private and military security and law enforcement. He served in Korea, Germany and the United States. His tours include Commander West Point Military Police Company Director of Security – Miesau Army Depot ,Germany and G-2 Security Officer 60th Ordnance Group, Germany.Read the rest

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Protecting Federal Employees from an Active Shooter: The Role of the Interagency Security Committee

By Jerry Stanphill
Faculty Member, Security Management Program at American Military University

While an active shooter incident is the rarest form of workplace violence, advanced planning and preparation can help avoid such scenarios altogether. Many companies look at these incidents as a security issue whereas, in reality, it is the supervisor who is on the frontlines. Security teams generally get involved during or after an incident, but the supervisor is in a position to see the advance warning signs.

In nearly all cases of active shooter incidents, there are warning signs. A coworker may see the individual’s behavior has altered. Or, the possible shooter may engage in an unusually angry rant directed against the company or an employee.… Read the rest

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