Category Archives: Tactics

Form v. Function: Warriors As Bureaucrats

Musashi wrote that it matters not which stance one adopts in combat, whether it be the low guard or the high guard, the left stance or the right stance, adding that the way of strategy is in cutting down the … Continue reading

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A New Coat for the Militia Debate

The debate between those advocating a return to the federated militia structure as a “constitutionally based” homeland security and those touting private security as an alternative to the leviathan police state are both noble in their endeavor. The main objective … Continue reading

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Boko Haram as a political means

A terrorist group has kidnapped over two hundred schoolgirls and threatened to sell them off as slaves or under-aged wives. It’s sensational. It captures headlines and stirs the emotions of outside observers, prompting calls for Western governments to “do something”. … Continue reading

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The Absurdity of Public Security

How would you feel about entering into a contract for services with a security provider that gets to determine unilaterally the terms of service? What if this security company solely determined the price for its services and then was able … Continue reading

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Let the security buyer beware…

In the security sector, let the buyer beware. The 12 October 2012 edition of the Financial Times has an article by Farhan Bokhari that details the growth of private security in Karachi, Pakistan. According to Bokhari, “Armed robberies and extortion … Continue reading

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Awareness

Lately it appears that the news has been filled with stories of armed professionals losing their lives during violent confrontations and ambushes. The increasing number of green on blue attacks coming out of Afghanistan is evidence enough of this lethal … Continue reading

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Feedback from edged weapon principles…

Not contesting for space… Not defending fixed points (Castle Defense)… Responding to feedback… Internalized efficiency… Training works wonders…    

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Wierdness & Militants in the Caucusus

Russia is obsessed with controlling its near abroad in order to secure the core homeland.  The strategic calculus from the Russian perspective requires their sphere of influence over the Caucusus Mountains.  It is for this reason that Russian leaders despise … Continue reading

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Disclosure: on the use of secret information

Sun Tzu, Chapter 13: “”If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man to whom the secret was told.” Clausewitz said that war … Continue reading

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Awareness on the train

I’m not a fan of public transportation and use it sparingly. But I do use it. When convenience, expediency and the situation requires it, using public transportation can be an exercise in the awareness principles. Aside from terrorist attacks like … Continue reading

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