First, this book serves an important role in helping executive protection specialists understand the range of threats facing our clients and countermeasures to mitigate these threats. Second, this book serves as a safety guide for any international traveler.Read More
I'm guilty of using the phrase "common sense security practices," and I imagine that many executive protection professionals throw around that term periodically too. Every time I've used that phrase, I've thought "what a cop out" ...there's no phrase in security that's more lazy and vacuous than "common sense security practices." Is there even such a thing?
Below is an excerpt from the training materials for the Travel Intelligence Masterclass. Here, I attempt to iron out some of these illusive (but common sense?) practices.Read More
Did you know that 80% of our success in producing valuable travel intelligence rests on us internalizing only a handful of patterns? What do I mean?
Patterns begin to emerge once we've read enough briefings from the US State Department, UK/MI5, iJET, Stratfor, etc...
This article highlights 15 patterns that consistently appear in travel security briefings and related literature. Once these patterns are identified, our work as executive protection analysts becomes much easier.Read More
This is one of the few instances where the Instagram-bodyguards (or "hot bodyguards" as the news media characterizes them) posting gym selfies and pictures of their clients, are in the right. They may know nothing about executive protection, but they do know that healthy habits keep them mentally sharp.Read More
As an analyst collecting and producing travel intelligence for executive protection programs, you will undoubtedly come across alerts from iJET, The Center for Disease Control (CDC), The US State Department, and others about a range of ridiculous viruses and illnesses you’ve never heard of.
As an exercise for myself and the reader, I have created a simple chart breaking down the most common and notable illnesses that we should be aware of. You’re going to see alerts for these, so you might as well know if they’re fatal, if there’s a vaccine, and how to prevent becoming affected.Read More
I have a challenge for junior executive protection analysts and novice students of travel intelligence. Experts need not apply.
If you produce your own report (following the guidelines in this PDF) based on real locations, for a specific time period, for a specific high-net-worth traveler, and email it to me…
Provided that it is up to our (your and my) standards, I will mail you a physical certificate for completing my challenge AND I’ll enter you into a drawing to attend my in-person, 2-day Travel Intelligence Hacks training FOR FREE.Read More
Travel intelligence in executive protection means many different things to many different people. I am going to outline how I prefer to structure and curate my travel intelligence reports. What to include, what is assumed, what’s irrelevant, and so on. The structure of my travel intelligence reports share similarities with reports of iJet, OSAC, and the US State Department. (USE WHAT WORKS!)Read More
“Intelligence deals with all the things which should be known in advance of initiating a course of action.” The following are valuable excerpts of wisdom from the book Communicating With Intelligence: Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities (2nd Edition) by James S. Major. I highly recommend reading this book whether you’re a novice executive protection analyst or a veteran that wants to brush up on the fundamentals.Read More
The Travel Intelligence Mind Map is a framework for the executive protection analyst. It gives them a systematic process to tackle the ambiguous task of producing travel intelligence. I have broken down the mind map into three sections: General, Macro-Level, and Micro-Level. General encompasses the most basic information about the location, such as entry requirements, immunizations, infrastructure, and crime & safety...Read More
Suppose you only had 10 minutes to initiate your travel intelligence research, and and then you had to provide an initial report to your principal / executive protection manager. Where would you start?
10-Minute Travel Intelligence will not fulfill all of your travel intelligence needs in 10 minutes. Rather, it is a proven framework for the analyst to conduct their initial assessment of a particular domestic or international travel destination.Read More