How To Avoid Catastrophe? 1: Have a Preparation Mindset; 2: Focus


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Bob Mayer

(excerpt from It Doesn’t Just Happen:  The Gift of Failure)


Have A Preparation Mindset

The key is to accept that shit doesn’t just happen. As you now know, most catastrophes are the result of cascade events. The origins of future catastrophes lie in our past and in our present.

When my A-Team traveled, my engineers would always be looking at things they saw with a different perspective than most people. When they saw a bridge, they were mentally calculating how to blow it up. When they saw a stream, they were thinking how to dam it and provide a water supply to villagers. My weapons men would look at terrain for fields of fire for direct and targeting points for indirect fire weapons. To be a survivor, you have to look at your environment in terms of what you can use and what can be a threat…

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Three days later: What we know, and what we don’t (with video)


Terrorism has reached homefront

Ottawa Citizen

“Possible shots fired.”

This week’s response to the dramatic events in Ottawa began Wednesday at 9:52 a.m. with an all-too-familiar 911 call. It was followed, within a minute, by a dispatcher’s startling update: “We may have multiple patients. One soldier has been hit.”

That ignited an unprecedented emergency response that flooded downtown Ottawa with more than 400 police officers, paramedics, hostage negotiators, tactical officers and incident commanders. Reports followed of gunmen on Parliament Hill, in the Rideau Centre, on top of the Château Laurier. Confusion — and terror — reigned for much of the day as politicians, civil servants, shopkeepers and students locked their doors against an unknown threat.

Three days later, we know, of course, that the mayhem was the work of a lone gunman, and that the threat he posed was extinguished seven minutes after his cold-blooded slaying of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot twice in the back…

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No dogs left behind


Actually, There Are No Military Dogs Left Behind
difference between Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs (CWDs) which are, as Bill Childress, the Marine Corps MWD program manager, explained it to me, a little like Rent-A-Cops — the military contracts out CWD teams for certain missions.
The U.S. military did leave its dogs behind, once, more than 40 years ago. When U.S. troops made their hasty withdrawal from Vietnam, they did not take the dogs with them. They were left in the care of South Vietnamese and most likely met a terrible end. It is a blemish on our military history that cannot be washed away. But one I believe would never happen today.
These dogs are treated like Marines. We bring everybody home.”