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The OODA Loop & the Gift of Fear (?)

The OODA Loop:

Wikipedia – not my usual source for information, defines the OODA Loop as an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. Developed by military strategist and U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd.  Boyd first applied the concept to aerial combat (Dog Fighting). His approach favors agility over raw power when dealing with human opponents in any endeavor.

What is the OODA Loop?  It is the action of an individual who can process this cycle quickly. Observing and reacting to unfolding events more rapidly than their opponent. Thereby,  “getting inside” the opponent’s decision cycle and gain the advantage!

The courses at Shaffer Security Group (SSG) utilize this decision cycle in every instruction.  We teach you to survive by continually re-setting your opponents OODA Loop.

The Gift of Fear:

In addition to the OODA Loop, SSG also teaches the importance of listening to your ‘Inner Voice’.  Your Gut Instinct!  In his award-winning and best selling book, The Gift of Fear, author Gavin DeBecker interviews survivors of very violent crimes. He found almost 100% of those victims had a ‘bad feeling’ or a ‘gut instinct’ that warned them something horrible was about to happen.  Most people dismiss or rationalize this feeling.  At SSG, we teach you to listen to your “Gift of Fear”.

Having the skill to ‘re-set’ your opponents OODA loop while understanding the need to listen to your “inner voice” is critical to survive any high-threat confrontation.  We teach all our clients to trust their gut.  As detailed in the book, your “gift of fear” is always based on external stimuli.  You may or may not be able to articulate why you feel it, but it is based on something your subconscious saw or heard and it always has your best interest.

These concepts have been used hundreds of times by Dutch, Brian and Greg.  Understanding the OODA Loop process and listening to their “gut instinct” has allowed them to  survive many dangerous situations and armed encounters.

The Real World

SSG prides itself on our ability to teach using real-world examples of survival and security.  Our referrals from Fortune 1000’s, not-for-profits, NGO’s, law firms, schools and other clients who have taken our courses are our best form of marketing.  Don’t wait until your company, firm, business or employee to become a victim.  Contact Shaffer Security Group to develop a strategic security plan to protect you both physically and legally.

The Shaffer Security Group (SSG) is a fully licensed Security Consulting and Risk Assessment firm specializing in developing security, intelligence and training solutions designed to protect your business or firm. 

We will work with your Legal, Human Resources and Security personnel to develop strategic plans to keep your business and employees safe using:

  • Active Shooter Response plans,
  • Situational Awareness Training;
  • Travel Security Threat Assessments;
  • Executive Protection;
  • Internal Investigations and Special Event Security Planning. 
  • SSG also has a 178-acres Tactical Firearms Training Facility.

SSG Instruction:

  • Tactical Firearms Training
  • Force-on-Force (non-lethal marking rounds) scenario-based training
  • Executive Protection or Personal Security Detail training

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OODA Loop By Patrick Edwin Moran

OODA Loop By Patrick Edwin Moran

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to ensure the safety and security of your business.

Special Event Security Planning

Special Event Security Planning

Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has no equal in Special Event Security Planning. SSG has designed, implemented and managed security plans and operations orders for:

  • NFL Super Bowls,
  • NBA World Championship Series,
  • MLB World Series,
  • NASCAR,
  • PGA,
  • NCAA,
  • World Cup Soccer
  • And a host of other large-scale, high threat, “Special Events.

SSG uses “best practices” employed by U.S. law enforcement, as well as strategies that have been effective for local law enforcement and private security.  We will develop a detailed and thorough security plan for your event.  The focus is not just on national and regional events, but on small private or public events.  Special Events often include a variety of VIPs and may be targets for terrorist, criminals and demonstrators.  The variety of approaches discussed can be tailored to large or small, public or private special events.

Pre-Planning Phase:

SSG will address the Challenges & Principles weighing the security measures that conceivably could be taken.  We consider street closures, searches, and highly visible tactical units, against the jurisdiction’s desire to produce events that are enjoyable, well attended, and profitable.  We help you develop the Leadership Authority & Structure and identify the Subcommittees you will need for each functional area.

Threat & Risk Assessment:

Greg Shaffer and his Team will help in the Threat & Risk Assessment looking at (8) factors that are relevant to private and public events; ie: Size of the Event; Duration; Threat; Historical or Political Significance; Location; Media Interest; Number of VIPs; Cultural, Political, Religious Background of those attending.

Committee Development:

With our experience & expertise, we will help you determine:

  • Manpower requirements,
  • Security workforce,
  • Access Control,
  • Screening & Physical Security,
  • Credentialing,
  • Transportation,
  • Intelligence,
  • Logistics,
  • Critical Infrastructure,
  • Public Health,
  • WMD,
  • Crisis Management,
  • Public/Media Relations,
  • Training,
  • Command Post set-up & operations,
  • and other factors and considerations learned through experience.

Special Event Security Planning:

As any Special Event security manager will tell you, no two incidents are exactly the same. Special Event planning, response and management are often case-by-case operations.  For venue security leaders, this can mean revising or even rewriting the “playbook” for each event.

Security for Special Events is like the theater – it’s a live performance with a huge cast and a lot of moving set pieces. No two performances, no two events, are identical.  There are a multitude of things that can change without notice, and as in theater you must be prepared to adjust your role accordingly. It can be different every time, but the bottom line is to ensure a safe and enjoyable event where security is looked at as an asset, and not a functional liability or expensive requirement.

Contact Shaffer Security Group today to develop, implement & manage the security plan for your large or small, public or private, Special Event.  We will work with local law enforcement, private security, vendors, caterers, and your staff to ensure your event is fun, enjoyable and safe.

STAY VIGILANT THIS 4th of JULY HOLIDAY! The Threat is Real!

Stay Vigilant this 4th of July:

This 4th of July holiday do not forget to Stay Vigilant!  Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has your safety & security in mind!  A Dallas-based Risk Management and Security Consulting Firm specializes in Counter Terrorism & Active Shooter Response.

Independence Day – “The Perfect Day for Terrorism”:

I do not want to sound like an alarmist or a paranoid security professional; but I do want to remind you to please remain “Situationally Aware” this Fourth of July.  Be vigilant and be aware!  The Threat is Rea!

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Look for the abnormal in the environment – what doesn’t fit?.
  • Have an Emergency Action Plan before you leave the house.
  • Have an Emergency Rendezvous Location identified.  Where will you and your family rendezvous in the event of a terror attack?
  • How will you communicate (cellphones may be rendered inoperable by either LE or the terrorists)?  Have an alternative communication plan!
  • Do you have a “Code Word” which will ensure all your family members ‘Stop & Listen’ to what you’re about to say?
  • Listen to that “inner voice” and when it tells you something is amiss,… take a moment, a deep breath, and find out what’s not right.
  • That “Gift of Fear” (a great book by Gavin DeBecker), that “Inner Voice”, is based on an external stimuli that you may or may not be able to articulate. Additionally, the “Gift of Fear” always has your best interest in mind.
  • Never dismiss your gut instinct or that “Gift of Fear” – it will never lie to you!

These are just some of the few things you and your family can do to be better prepared.

Below is a Washington Post article where I am asked about last years Nice, France truck rampage attack which killed 89 people.  This low-tech, easily planned, low-cost terror attack is still a real threat here in the United States.  This 4th of July celebration is the perfect time for a similar attack!  Be Safe!  Be Aware!  Have Fun and Happy Birthday America!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/15/is-the-u-s-vulnerable-to-a-nice-style-attack-were-on-alert-every-day/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.f8be3335b237

5 Lessons Learned from the Manchester Bombing

Lessons Learned from Manchester Bombing:

The Partners of SSG are continually reading, researching and learning from past violent attacks. Hence, here is a great article from the CLARION PROJECT on “Lesson’s Learned” from the recent Manchester bombing.

https://clarionproject.org/5-lessons-us-manchester-bombing/

Active Shooter Response Plans:

SSG specializes in creating, managing & implementing Active Shooter Response Plans for your company.  We utilize Security, Intelligence & Training Solutions designed to protect business.  SSG has real-world experience in protecting organizations, facilities and special events – both domestically and abroad. We pride ourselves in having international police and intelligence agency contacts whom we can leverage to provide you the most up-to-date, real-time, intelligence on current threats.

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to ensure the safety and security of your business.

TERRORISM ON THE RISE

Terrorism is on the rise as shown in the 2016 report, Investigative Project on Terrorism.  This study focused on trends in radical Islamic terrorism. The data was frightening as it showed three very important trends:

  1. Fatalities from terrorist attacks has increased 744 percent from 2007-2011 to 2014-2015.
  2. The average annual fatalities has increased from roughly 3,200 deaths per year to approximately 27,000 deaths per year.
  3. The number of terrorist attacks during that time has increased by roughly 500 percent.

As a result of these findings, it leads us to ask, what is your plan? At home, the Office, your school? SSG can help you develop a Security Plan designed specifically for your needs. You must to have a PLAN!  We can train you and your staff to identify pre-incident indicators and to respond effectively during high-stress, violent encounters.   We will help you develop a strategic plan using security, intelligence & training solutions to make your business and your life safer.

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Staying Healthy this Summer Travel Season

The Summer Travel Season is upon us!  Are you planning on traveling overseas this summer?  If so, there are a few things you need to consider. During your pre-planning, its easy to think, “I’ll just look online or hop on over to the Doc-in-a-Box and they’ll tell me everything I need to know to keep from getting sick.”

That’s not always the case!

A study published last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that travel clinics missed giving the measles vaccine to about half of eligible travelers.  For nearly a third of the missed cases, doctors or nurses simply didn’t offer the vaccine, even though measles is a problem in many parts of the world, including Western Europe and Mexico.  A traveler can be very easily exposed to measles around the world. The risk is very real.

With international trave it’s best to figure out what you need before you go to the clinic or your doctor and tell them exactly what it is you do need!

Here are just two tips to help you stay healthy while traveling:

1. Take the Pepto! 

The most common malady while traveling overseas you’re most likely to suffer is:  FOOD POISONING.  About a 25% of travelers will get gastrointestinal ‘distress’ within the first two weeks of an international trip.  Your best defense against this is both cheap and safe – Pepto Bismol.

Back in 1987, a study found that two tablets of Pepto Bismol tablets, taken four times a day, cut the risk of traveler’s diarrhea by more than 60 percent. The pills dropped the risk from 40 percent to only 14 percent.

If you do get sick, the pink pills may come in handy as the active ingredient, Bismuth Subsalicylate, can shorten the duration of a bout of diarrhea, and is a good alternative to antibiotics.

2. Remember the Routine Vaccines.

There’s a good chance you might need a vaccine prior to your travels – even if you’re just headed for a quick trip to Europe or the U.K.

The CDC recommends that all international travelers be up to date on routine vaccines, no matter the destination. Routine immunizations are the ones we get as children. The list is long. It includes about a dozen vaccines, everything from the pneumonia and whooping cough vaccines to those for Hepatitis A and B.  When you add onto this list any shots recommended for your specific destination, the list of possible vaccines can get complicated.

Plus, the CDC’s recommendations often get updated. Just a few weeks ago, the agency officially started recommending the cholera vaccine for travelers headed to places with ongoing outbreaks. And last month, they warned of a potential yellow vaccine shortage.

To make sure your clinician gets the list right for your specific trip, we recommend using the CDC’s new travel app, called Trav Well.

Users type their destination and time of travel into the app, and it tells them what they need to do to prepare.

So, travel safe this summer season and please do not hesitate to contact SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP if you have any questions about safety and security concerns for your summer travel plans.

 

How to Prevent Violence in the Workplace

How to Prevent Workplace Violence

Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has helped dozens of Fortune 100’s to develop a “Strategic Security Plan” to help identify & prevent workplace violence.

The below article copied from the National Law Review perfectly sums up what SSG teaches in our Security Awareness & Protection Course for Businesses.
Please take the time to read the article below and contact SSG to come and speak to your employees on how to identify behavioral indicators and how to respond effectively to violence in the workplace.
Stay Safe!
Published on The National Law Review

Article By:
Dennis A. Davis
Luther Wright, Jr

Daily reports of incidents of domestic violence are an unfortunate reality across our nation. Recent events in San Bernardino, California, and Cookeville, Tennessee, remind us that domestic violence issues sometimes spill over into the workplace, sometimes causing loss of life and/or serious injuries. Domestic violence is defined as violence at the hands of a current or former intimate partner or family member. It is often physical violence, but just as often, it is psychological and emotional as well. Domestic violence occurs at about the same rate across all ethnic, racial, and cultural lines, and no relationship between domestic violence and educational or economic status has been established. According to one statistic, 1 in 5 women in the United States is or has been involved in an abusive relationship, and 44 percent of Americans say they know of someone in an abusive relationship.

As troubling as these numbers are, what’s equally troubling is that there seems to be no safe haven from domestic violence. Notably, the workplace is frequently one of the places victims feel safest and seek refuge, but it is also one of the places where abusers know their victims can routinely be found. The leading cause of death for women at work is homicide, and 33 percent of women killed at work are killed by a current or former intimate partner. Given these statistics, it’s in employers’ interests to ensure that they are informed on the best ways to protect employees, prevent domestic violence incidents in the workplace, and respond to violent offenders who enter the premises.

Create a Culture of Support

Employees dealing with domestic violence issues are frequently reluctant to share their circumstances because they fear the social stigma of victimization or because they fear workplace reprisals. Comprehensive workplace violence policies may help proactively and effectively address these concerns. Such policies can encourage employees to come forward when they need help with the assurance that their personal circumstances will not be exploited or used against them in the workplace. Anti-violence policies can be used to change workplace culture and create an environment where domestic violence victims are encouraged to alert appropriate workplace contacts about domestic violence threats—even when the threats may not seem serious. In this regard, it’s helpful for employees to have consistent and reliable avenues to confidentially report threats and concerns about violence and be educated about the importance of doing so.

Once threats and concerns are reported, an employer’s security, safety, and legal personnel should be able to take all steps to secure the workplace. Strong general safety procedures often help reduce the number of domestic violence related incidents in the workplace. Effectively managing egress and ingress procedures, visitor protocols, and general premises security (e.g., secured parking lots and security cameras) are vital to the creation of a safe workplace campus.  Other preventive steps often include informing employees about threats on a “need to know” basis, alerting local law enforcement about violence concerns, and seeking legal restraining orders. When an employer’s actions consistently demonstrate a commitment to safety, they have the dual effects of limiting perpetrators’ ability to inflict harm and inspiring employees to report their concerns.

Recognize the Issue

While there is no single profile of a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence, there are behaviors that have been shown to frequently precede extreme acts of violence. It is important for human resources (HR) professionals and managers/supervisors to familiarize themselves with the warning signs so that timely intervention and prevention is possible. The behaviors that are highly correlated to domestic violence include the following.

Victim Behavior

Tardiness/Absenteeism. Twenty-five percent of women who claim that they are in abusive relationships report that the abuse has caused them to be late to work on more than one occasion. Employees in abusive relationships lose an average of seven days of work time every year due to domestic violence.

Inexplicable Injuries/Frequent Reports of Accidents. It is very common for those in abusive relationships to appear at work with black eyes, eye swelling, and other bumps and bruises.

Perpetrator Behavior

Frequent Calls/Visits to the Workplace.  Abusive behavior is most often an attempt to control the individual who is being abused. The perpetrator’s frequent visits and calls are an effort to stay informed as to whom the abused individual is talking and with whom the abused individual is visiting.

Threats. Threats of violence are intended to direct behavior. An abuser often uses threats of violence to control the relationship. Moreover, it is not uncommon for an abuser to threaten employees who come to the defense of an abused individual.

Employers can educate themselves and their employees about the signs of domestic violence and the actions individuals and organizations can take to safely intervene. Front line supervisors are typically the first to observe these behaviors, and employers need their immediate feedback about concerning behaviors. Additionally, all employers can empower their employees to bring concerns about suspected abuse and domestic violence to the attention of the workplace crisis management team as soon as concerning behavior is observed.

Respond to the Issue

The key to preventing workplace violence and lessening the severity of the acts that do occur is taking note of the warning signs in the earliest stages. But recognizing the early warning signs is not enough, on its own, to prevent acts of violence. It is essential to respond to the warning signs. A response should include the following actions:

  • Acknowledge the Behavior. To establish a culture of dignity and respect, address inappropriate behavior in the earliest stages and by the closest supervision level. All supervisors can be trained to conduct counseling sessions with employees as soon as they notice behavior indicative of an employee having trouble.

  • Document and Report to HR. First level supervisors are the eyes and ears of the organization. They have more face-to-face contact with employees than any other level of management. But they need not be alone in dealing with potentially problematic employees. Even when the appropriate intervention has been made, supervisors can be instructed to make sure that they are not making decisions in vacuums and to make others (HR, security, upper management, etc.) aware of concerns about employees.

  • Make Referrals and Get Others Involved. Employers should make sure that they are taking full advantage of the resources available to them. As soon as issues arise with employees, employers can consult with their employee assistance program (EAP) to find out what resources are available for employee counseling. If threats have been made, it would be appropriate to contact local law enforcement.

Intense Information Campaign

Publicize Policies

Employers’ workplace violence policies work best when they are widely disseminated and explained, in detail, to employees. One of the most important things an employer can do is inform all of its employees of what the company has done to prevent workplace violence and what it is they can do to support the company’s efforts. Employees suffering from domestic violence must understand that their employers are there to help keep them safe in the workplace and the role that they play in helping to keep their coworkers safe. Employers can publicize their new or revamped workplace violence policies in a number of ways, for example, by posting the policy in common areas and having new employees sign off on the policy.

What Should Your Policies Say?

Importantly, employers should inform employees that in the event of an actively violent incident, they have the obligation to remove themselves from harm’s way (i.e., run). If they find that running will place them in danger, they should find shelter in place (i.e., hide). As an absolute last resort, employees should know that you do not want them to be victims. They should do all that they can to survive a violent altercation (i.e., fight).

Convey to employees the expectation that they will help establish and maintain a violence-free workplace, and encourage them to report their concerns to HR.

Conclusion

Preventing workplace violence incidents in the workplace requires a group effort. Workplaces are safer when all employees are educated about the signs of domestic violence and informed about the steps they can take to prevent violent incidents. Employers may want to take efforts to ensure that their workplace violence policies are robust and constantly evolving to respond to potential threats. It is ultimately an employer’s preparation and commitment to protecting its employees that gives it the power to save lives.

© 2017, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to prevent workplace violence.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

One of the most often overlooked, yet critical aspects of Personal Security is, Situational Awareness:

“Check Your Six”, “Head on a Swivel”, “Be aware of your surroundings”.  You have probably heard all of these before, but what do they mean?

As the names implies, “Situational Awareness” is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice.  This skill is ingrained in soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained operatives!  At SSG, we understand how important a skill it is for civilians as well. Ultimately, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else, can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Situational Awareness is a skill that can and should be developed for reasons outside of personal defense and safety. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness. Developing mine has allowed me to survive multiple overseas operations in very high-threat environments.  This same ‘mindfulness’ has also allowed me to be more cognizant of what’s going on around me in my daily activities, which in turn has helped me make better decisions in all aspects of my life.

Our Situational Awareness Courses Include:

  • Defining Situational Awareness Detractors.
  • How to use your “Gift of Fear”.
  • What is the OODA Loop & How Can It Be Reset?
  • Travel Security & Intelligence.
  • Using Improvised Weapons.
  • Mobile Phone Apps that can save your life.
  • Actions during an Active Shooter Event (ASE).

SSG personnel have spent years in the field developing their Situational Awareness. This skill set is what has kept the SSG partners alive in hostile, high-threat corners of the globe.  Let SSG help develop in you this important skill. Most notably, the focus is primarily on developing your situational awareness to prevent or survive a violent attack.  However, these same principles will also help hone your powers of observation in all areas of your life.

Finally, here are just a couple of links to provide you a list of mobile phone applications that you can download and start using today.  Stay Safe!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/10-apps-save-life-case-emergency-article-1.2438105

http://coolmaterial.com/tech/8-apps-that-could-save-your-life/

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Situational Awareness training course.