Posts by Chameleon Associates

The Red Sea Diving Resort

Tales of crazy covert spy operations make great memoirs.  Ex-Mossad agent Gad Shimron tells such a story about Operation Brothers, a mission that took place in the 1980s to extricate starving Ethiopian Jews from Sudan, a Muslim state.  Hollywood has jumped on the bandwagon; a movie based on the operation and starring Chris Evans will…

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SECURITY OFFICERS ENGAGEMENT

The biggest difference between how security is conducted in Israel versus most of the U.S. (and other countries) is a mindset of actively seeking engagement and the fact that law enforcement, military and private security officers all work based on the same threat-based methodology.  The notion of engagement isn’t only about responding to an event…

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SECURITY AS A BUSINESS PRIORITY

Security as a business priority is changing. Many organizations today regard security as a vital resource for the success and sustainability of their business communities. The bottom line action item that this increased priority brings to governments and private organizations alike is the need to continuously evaluate and test security systems with the objective of…

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Guns in Israel

Some people have the idea that in Israel, gun laws are very liberal.  In fact, the very opposite is true. There are strict requirements to gun acquisition and ownership.  Gun ownership in Israel is a privilege, not a right. Guns per Capita The United States has one firearm per capita, the highest in the world. …

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Pot and Crime

A huge marijuana dispensary is going in across the street. I can see it from my office window.  I dread its opening for the traffic I imagine it will bring. Some anti pot politicians and activists have claimed that crime will increase where marijuana is legalized.  This view has been discredited (at least by Snopes)…

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Why are we Digitally Imprudent?

A number of events this week point to our disturbingly naive relationship to an increasingly digital world.  A woman in Washington State was videotaped by a home security camera stealing a package off a front porch.  The video of her slipping and spraining an ankle in her victim’s front yard as she ran to the…

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Global Cooperation

Any security professional knows that when securing a place of business or a home, extending the rings of security outward from the target is the most effective approach.  It provides critical distance and time in addition to a potential opportunity for intelligence gathering.  The sooner we can identify a threat before it arrives at a…

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This is Only a Test

This past weekend, people in the state of Hawaii experienced some excitement when an emergency alert was disseminated state-wide.  Although sent in error, it was a scary 38 minutes between the receipt of this text message:  BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, and the subsequent message explaining…

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Become a TRV Wizard

Over the past few years, we have been asked provide Threat, Risk and Vulnerability Assessments for many clients at locations across the globe.  These clients range from academic institutions, mass transit agencies, government facilities and corporate offices. Our approach to TRVs is based on a particular methodology.  Methodologies by definition are applicable to any environment…

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It Was a Very Good Year

Chameleon Associates has had a great 2017. We expanded our consulting and training services for independent schools and have done over 40 TRVs this year.  More than ever before, school administrators are looking to ensure the safest environment for their academic community.   Using our network of professionals from across the globe, we provided international…

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