Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lebanon: Lessons from Two Assassinations | Stratfor

Lebanon: Lessons from Two Assassinations | Stratfor

This is well worth the signup to Stratfor to get these. I could do a two day course on just this report. Very well done, There are available pictures of the aftermath of both attacks, as well as google earth and google maps, to set it up. I have had the experience of setting up an explosive ambushes, and then pulling a motorcade into the zone, and to have gone to a number of vehicle ambush points. With very few exceptions, if a proper route analysis, and or other security measures, both of these teams used, would have saved the day. As always it was a slip in the normal security protocols that seem to lead to this problem. The other part is the protective intelligence, intelligence is a key factor. Even one person just walking around or driving around can pick up those key tell's that surveillance is being conducted, and variances in time and routes, need to be in place.

Have at least three route options available, to include time delay points, like police stations, or other manned points, so that your protection teams can take a look at the parts of the route that are choke points, or must travel, usually those last two blocks to the destination.
In Paris one night, I was able to pick up the surveillance team during my walk around's, the Paris Police hassled them for me. The attack was still attempted, but they where so off on the timing, it was not successful.

Use Google earth and Google maps, to Analise your routes. Google maps actually has the ability to chose a number of different routes. Then look for the choke points, and plan for them. The US State Department has teams that do this for almost all personnel, it at least covers the home to work and work to home routes for them. Then a briefing is given to help the understand the problems along a route. As well as places to help detect surveillance.

I would suggest you or if you have a team, learn how to do this asap. It is not all that hard, but it could well save your life. Down here in the RGV, it should be a given for the majority of the people here. Yes, even people in the drug trade should know how to do it. It keeps random fire, from hurting innocent victims.

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