Driving in the Middle East

According to the U.S. State Department, motor-vehicle crashes - not terrorism or crime - are the No. 1 cause of death of Americans traveling abroad. Driving in environments similar to the Middle East can lead to serious issues. Duty of care requires some simple precautions. Before leaving for your trip, it is important to understand the laws and driving customs in the country you will be … [Read more...]

4 Levels of Autonomous Vehicles

There is confusion about exactly what constitutes an autonomous vehicle. The government has eliminated the confusion (I think) by separating vehicles’ levels of driver control This is the government's definition of a no-automation (Level 0): The driver is in complete and sole control of the primary vehicle controls – brake, steering, throttle, and motive power – at all times. Function-specific … [Read more...]

All for One, One for All….Can You Work and Live by This Motto?

Alexandre Dumas couldn’t describe better the importance of unity and solidarity within a team when he wrote one of the world’s most well-known historical novels, The Three Musketeers.   In our line of work, we can see how important it is for all team members to work dedicated to one purpose (keeping client and team safe) and, as individuals, pledge support to the team. However, too often what we … [Read more...]

Intelligence and Close Protection: A Practitioner’s Primer

By Kristin Lenardson Schwomeyer and  Charles Randolph The article is the personal opinions of the authors and not their employers. The notion of ‘intelligence’ covers a broad spectrum of concepts.  It conjures an array of images from military operations utilizing drones to attack a predetermined target, to clandestine spies meeting with sources in a dark corner of a bar in Prague, or … [Read more...]

A List of Books Authored by ISDA Members

The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World – ISDA Member Frank Gallagher http://www.amazon.com/The-Bremer-Detail-Protecting-Threatened/dp/1497643988 Left of Bang – a book co-authored by ISDA member Patrick Van Horne http://www.amazon.com/Left-Bang-Marine-Combat-Program/dp/1936891301 Principal Protection; Lessons Learned – The Evolution of Protective … [Read more...]