HEAT Risk Assessment

July 17, 2015By Richard C PendryInformation 2 Comments

A HEAT Risk Assessment (RA) is essential for working in hostile enviroments and is a potent tool for ensuring your safety, however the term risk assessment automatically make peoples eyes glaze over. Thoughts of death by power point from instructors eager to show their knowledge by burdening simple topics into complexity a heavy chore. I’m … Read More

Hostile Environment Awarness Training

July 10, 2015By Richard C PendryInformation 2 Comments

Hostile Enviroment Awarness Training (HEAT) I’m going to give you a unique insight into the steps that security professional’s use when working in hostile areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Africa to keep themselves out of harms way. The set of free presentations starting with Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT): An Introduction, will be available … Read More

Charleston: Hate Crime or Domestic Terrorism?

July 3, 2015By Richard C Pendrynews 2 Comments

Charleston: hate crime or domestic terrorism? This is the question being asked after the slaughter of nine church goers in one of Americas oldest cities.  But the massacre has been overshadowed by another gruesome shooting in Sousse, Tunisia, with a second lone gunman taking 38 lives, the similarities between the two attacks striking.  The latter … Read More

Hotel Attack Survival Tips

June 26, 2015By Richard C Pendrynews No Comments

Ten things you need to know if your hotel is attacked by terrorists, this article could save your life. The assault on the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Tunisia, shows how vulnerable we all are against organised attacks by determined terrorists desperate to exploit violence to further their extremist agendas. The following are ten things you need … Read More

Will ISIS destroy ancient Palmyra?

June 17, 2015By Richard C Pendrynews, Syria No Comments

In May 2015, ISIS seized the city of Palmyra, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the Syrian Desert 215km north east of the capital Damascus. Another World Heritage Site the city of Hatra in northern Iraq has already become a casualty of the fanatical group.  The question is; will ISIS destroy ancient Palmyra? … Read More

Iraq Chaos; Afghanistan to Follow?

September 14, 2014By Richard C PendryAfghanistan, Iraq No Comments

As Iraq is pushed closer to chaos by IS/ISIS forces, there is concern that Afghanistan – the other country invaded as a result of the policies undertaken after 9/11 – will follow, as troops from the NATO derivative ISAF, will be pulled out later this year. However before the Afghans can look at the scheduled pull … Read More

Terrorist or Thief?

September 7, 2014By Richard C PendryAfghanistan No Comments

Acts of violence need to have a political context in order for them to be officially classified as a terrorist attack, if not their just criminal.   However within a conflict or post conflict environment such as Afghanistan, the lines between the differing of categories of attacks can get so blurred that they often cease … Read More

Iraq, ISIS and the Sunni-Shia Split

June 20, 2014By Richard C PendryIraq 2 Comments

Iraq, three years after the withdrawal of Western Coalition forces is falling apart. Is it a straightforward result of Western intervention or is there more? Lets consider the wider context of Iraq, ISIS and the Sunni- Shia Split. As the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) juggernaut gathers pace, it seems that the Iraq … Read More