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Hijacking: professional responses to an unextinguished threat

Despite the significant increase in airport-based and inflight countermeasures, hijacking remains a threat to aviation. Andrew B Brown questions how, despite, and perhaps specifically because of, the reduction in the number of incidents and their severity, we might increase our competence in dealing with such life-threatening incidents. As with a health pandemic, we must remain prepared to professionally respond to rare, or unlikely, incidents as if we were managing them on a daily basis.

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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Entering its 30th year this negotiator conference and competition has honed the skills of law enforcement & corrections officers from across the globe. I’m honoured to act as one of the Head Judges helping to deliver continuous improvement in saving life.

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Elephant’s Child

Enduring the emotional roller coaster of having a loved one kidnapped, it is important to remember the lessons from Rudyard Kipling and importantly take strength in Ulysses from Tennyson…

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Countering the Insider Threat

Pre-deployment training to military in Scotland to counter the insurgent threat in Afghanistan, was “first rate and equipped our soldiers not only with a valuable skill set, but also with a way of thinking, that might well be lifesaving”…

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INGO Kidnap – A New Challenging Dynamic

International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) work in some of the world’s most hostile environments, but the very people who bring aid to people in need are increasingly being targeted for kidnap. Abducted from their humanitarian work, many are held over varying periods of time and are sometimes released through ransom payments or high-risk rescue operations…

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