How to avoid a terrorist attack

Another mass shooting.

– More proof that terrorists can strike anywhere, anytime.

Terrorism and mass shooting can happen in a theater in Aurora, Colorado, in a workplace in San Bernadino, in a Paris concert venue or in a nightclub in Orlando.

It’s also proof that in these and similar, active shooter and mass shooting situations, we need to recognize that the police can’t protect us, and the FBI prevent them all. It’s up to us. Usually, all police and FBI can do is react to the incident after the fact, known in the industry as ‘right of bang’.

If we want to survive increasingly common mass shootings — by terrorists or lone nuts — we have to learn to protect ourselves.

That doesn’t necessarily mean packing a gun, though that is certainly an option. It means we have to learn how to recognize an incident that is about to happen and, learning the skills it takes to survive — to evade, escape, or, as a last resort, to fight. All of us need to understand how to stay ahead of the bad guys, or ‘left of bang’.

What if there is a way to know what is about to happen, before it happens?

Well you can actually do just that. As numerous military, police, and private individuals can attest to, anyone can learn the skills necessary to stay ahead of the attack, to stay alive.

We call it Dynamic Threat Recognition and Decision-making (DTRD). Back in 2007 the US Marine Corps started development on what was to become the ‘Combat Hunter Program’. Though the course still remains, it is reserved for the few, for the elite. The Combat Hunter course later became the base for the further developed into what is now known as DTRD.
The objective remains the same, to stay, in military terms, ‘Left of Bang’. To understand what is about to happen, BEFORE it happens. It’s not magic, it’s based on the same scientifically proven methods employed by the military and clandestine services. It involves different behavioral assessments that comprise the pillars of observable behavior. Put simply, it is understanding how to “read” the human terrain. How to read the people we come across on a daily basis wherever we go. – Is a guy wearing a long Trench Coat on the beach in Miami in July up to something? Are the people running through the Airport trying to catch a plane, or is it something more sinister? Is the delivery guy entering your office every day suicidal? People are everywhere, and everyone shows recognizable behaviors that, if you know what to look for, or how to unmask them, can be easily read and understood.
The bottom line is, these skills make the difference. And, more importantly, anyone can learn what to do, and how to initiate a response.