Red Teaming Criminal Insurgency

The specter of criminal insurgency is haunting the police stations and barracks of North America. Powerful criminal networks increasingly challenge the state’s monopoly on force, creating new threats to national security. Mexico is currently deteriorating under the weight of criminal violence, but it is by no means the only state in the Americas suffering from criminal insurgency. We are seeing a general rise in the power of transnational criminal organizations ranging from the street collective MS-13 to the powerful Mexican drug cartels—and the threat could hit us very close to home.

Emerging Threat to Officers: From Global Guerrillas

Quotes February 2009

"Organized crime groups that are part of a national network have decided to use local residents ... to seize the main streets and paralyze traffic in our city."
Gov. Jose Gonzalez of Nuevo Leon in response to four days of road closures in Monterrey Mexico (pop. 3.7 million). 

Mumbai attackers had hit list of 320 world targets

Lashkar-e-Taiba ringleaders had ambitions well beyond causing mayhem in India, the Guardian has learned…

The plotters behind the Mumbai attack, which left more than 170 people dead, had placed India's financial capital on a list of 320 worldwide locations as potential targets for commando-style terror strikes, the Guardian has learned. Continue reading

Small Wars Journal Article: Postcard from Mumbai: Modern Urban Siege

Outstanding article all law enforcement and security should read from the Small Wars Journal Postcard from Mumbai: Modern Urban Siege… Our adversaries are adapting their tactics to exploit our weaknesses with small unit tactics and multiple targets spreading our resources and capabilities.

The Coming Swarm by JOHN ARQUILLA

Picked this up from Global Guerilla's: Take a look at the New York Times article The Coming Swarm. The article focuses on the changing trend in terrorist attacks to one of multiple small unit tactics to exploit responder resources and capabilities. Local Police Departments and Security practitioners of Hotels, Businesses, Universities and Colleges had best re-evaluate their methods of handling one critical incident at time to one that adapts to multiple tiered attacks. It appears our adversaries have studied us well and know us possibly better, than we know ourselves.

Homeland Security Group Releases Homeland Security Report 192

Great insight into Homeland Security related topics.

This issue addresses:

  1. An Officer Safety Item
  2. Protecting the Information of Law Enforcement Personnel
  3. Piracy and the Rules of Engagement
  4. Plenty of FREE Resources, and
  5. Thoughts of the Mumbai Attacks

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Top Cops News Magazine December 2008 Issue

A great International publication that will help keep officers informed of law enforcement and security related issues from around the world. Also a great resource for networking. To get involved go to the web-site or contact Deborah Gulley at to get added to the mailing list.


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