Tactical Communications

My Tense Trip To The Dark Web – Risks & Rewards of TOR – SDP#42

“The dark web—which utilizes a technology created by military researchers in the 1990s to allow intelligence operatives to exchange information completely anonymously—is unknown to many. It’s been said to be a breeding ground for organized crime, sex traffickers, and hackers. But it’s also used by good actors, including whistle-blowers and activists.”

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Why We Can’t Compare Disasters: WTC, Murrah, Katrina & More – SDP#37

There are several reasons why each disaster should be studied as an individual unit. By isolating communications and geography specific to time, context and situation, Dr. Perrodin demonstrates the inherent problems with comparing disasters. He also notes the incredible impact of “lived experiences” and longitudinal demographic factors that contributed to the improbable rescue of 500,000 people in only 9 hours from Lower Manhattan on 9/11/01.

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It’s Time for High Schools to Consider Text-Based Incident Management Systems for Large-Attendance Athletic Events

I recently met with Mr. Ben Fraser, UW-Madison Director of Guest Services, to discuss access and security considerations for large-scale events.  Mr. Fraser shared a few pieces of the puzzle that comprise the vast security network for UW-Madison athletics.  First, allow me to praise the outstanding security processes of UW-Athletics.  As a fan and also someone with…

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Tactical Communications: The Blunder in Telling Someone to “Calm Down” and Verbal Judo Instruction for School Front Office Personnel

32% of school-based attacks were stopped through physical or verbal intervention by school administrators, educators or students.  Knowing this, should schools teach tactical communications (verbal judo) to staff and students?  (Data provided by United States Secret Service, 2002, in a study of school attacks between 1974-2000) “Please, calm down!” Consider this verbal blunder.  A school principal, front office…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: A 40-Year Veteran of the Telecom Industry and Crisis Communications Profession Offers His Opinions About Analog Versus Digital 2-Way Radios Relative to School Security

Like many school districts, the district I work for is in the process of upgrading its 2-way radio communications system in both an effort to make communications more efficient and to also enhance school safety.  I’ve had a substantial role in that process and admit that while I have learned much, I still have much…

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