Archive for February, 2010


HSTV Presents: Leadership 101

[1] Leadership 101 For Homeland Security Professionals. HSTV talks to Donald E. Vandergriff, a leader development expert, and Terry Shear, the Vice Consul for Homeland Security at the British Embassy about the issues surrounding leadership development in homeland security.

Starts March 1

The type of leadership methodology that military, first responders, law enforcement and security should be practicing is adaptive leadership. Adaptive leadership is a method of leadership that is constant and all encompassing. All encompassing not in the sense of let’s all sit around, hold hands and hope things work out, instead in the real sense of lets create and nurture the proper climate and culture that breeds mutual trust and cohesion. Allowing an organization to adapt and deal with any problem as it unfolds. This includes prevention efforts and response abilities. Developing superior individual and collective situational awareness through constant analysis, synthesis and experimentation in a given set of circumstances overrides any plan due to an ability to adapt on the fly, individually and collectively.

“…Experimentation is not a destination to be reached, but an unending process of trial, feedback, learning, renewal and experimentation again. The organization as a whole is agile, ready to learn, continually changing and improving. It is fast, flexible and never prepared to say: “We have not finished getting better.” Innovative organizations depend less on forecasting, planning and control and more on scanning, agility and feedback. Innovative organizations embrace uncertainty, recognizing that an uncertain future potentially holds as many opportunities as it does threats.” ~Brig.Gen. David Fastabend and Robert Simpson

Leadership is a daily activity, not just an event activity. Adaptive Leaders, lead daily by interacting with, training and developing their people and themselves for the conventional and unconventional threats and problems foreseen and unforeseen.

Leadership 101 video series will be well worth viewing.

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 From the Fabius Maximus website. Our Congress is broken and corrupt. If it continues the way it is now, the entire nation will pay with a deep depression and worse anarchy due to greed and selfish service. Fabius Maximus (I really don’t know who he is) is in my novice opinion, one of the most brillian thinkers on the economy and government. Given what I know (I just read a lot, but have no degree in economics), Fabius is spot on. As I keep saying, Where  have all the leadergs gone?

The solution is fix a broken political system with a peaceful revolution at the polls.  My friend and the brilliant James Fallows has also recently written a piece for the February 2010 issue Atlantic Monthly called How American Can Rise Again http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/201001/american-decline that talks in detail about this. One of the best written articles I have read.

Jim’s synopsis is:

Is America going to hell? After a year of economic calamity that many fear has sent us into irreversible decline, the author finds reassurance in the peculiarly American cycle of crisis and renewal, and in the continuing strength of the forces that have made the country great: our university system, our receptiveness to immigration, our culture of innovation. In most significant ways, the U.S. remains the envy of the world. But here’s the alarming problem: our governing system is old and broken and dysfunctional. Fixing it—without resorting to a constitutional convention or a coup—is the key to securing the nation’s future.

I agree with Jim as well, that our nation can remain strong, that the people can reverse the titantic, but it most be bold, spend some time studying the issues, and then elect leaders and not self serving politicans. Accept the hard truth and its solutions, otherwise, there is no turning back soon, just gloom.



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A biography of the author of this excellent essay can be found here.
Sun Tzu and America’s Way of War
by Jon Basil Utley, February 04, 2010

America’s way of war is, actually, not so new under the sun. Centuries ago, China’s Sun Tzu would have recognized some of our ways and errors. Indeed he would be rolling over in his grave at seeing how his famous dictums for successful wars are ignored and violated by America: a trillion-dollar war in Iraq, losing our allies, creating more and more fanatical enemies willing to do suicide missions against us, borrowing from foreigners to finance our wars. In fairness, part of our failure is the simple determinant that democracies can’t run empires and most armies hate occupation duty. Our military still trains to re-fight World War II, not for unending wars of occupation and trans-national terrorism. So now we fear and isolate ourselves from most Muslims, nearly a quarter of the world’s population, and are nearly bankrupted. However, bin Laden’s campaign followed Sun Tzu’s teachings to a “T.” (See “How Bin Laden Bankrupted America.” For why we can’t win our wars, see Andrew Bacevich’s “When Was the Last Time We Won A War?“)


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This is very very good, and I highly recommend it.


A collaborative effort of Homeland Security Television and Law Enforcement and Security Consulting, Inc produced a new training video, Are Police Officers Ready For The Next Generation of Active Shooters?

HSTV explores law enforcement’s preparedness for the Next Generation of active shooter threats. Featuring law enforcement training expert, Fred Leland of Law Enforcement Security Consulting Inc., you’ll be surprised by what you learn.

You can view the two part program that starts this Sunday night, January 31st 2010 at 7PM at HSTV and

http://www.lesc.Net . Part 1 Active Shooter 2.1

The evolution of active shooter response and the problems that must still be overcome.

Part 2 Active Shooter 2.1

The art and science of active shooter response.

We look forward to your feedback and comments on part one of the series.

Stay oriented! Fred

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