practical skills and applied knowledge in Security, defense, and risk management


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risk management

A Berkeley expert assesses personal security in on-edge America, 15 June 2016

The 6.5 Ts: Rationalising security and risk management strategies, March 2015

MH17: ​Ground threats to airliners, 19 July 2014

How can we better manage the risks of acquiring expensive technologies like IT? 12 February 2014

The many vectors by which somebody could obtain your private information, 20 January 2014

Managing "insider threats", 6 January 2014

How to get started in managing operational risks, 9 December 2013

Whom to audit? Whose security and risk management should you be auditing? 25 November 2013

What's the difference between a hazard and a threat? 11 November 2013

Risk analysis or risk assessment? Solving contradictory language and practices, 4 November 2013

Strategies for managing risk and security, 28 October 2013

Counter-terrorism AND HOmEland Security

Counter-terrorism needs to recognize the complexity of newest terrorism, 16 January 2018

Countering violent extremism needs to shift from community engagement to law enforcement, 19 July 2017

The government must get real about counter-terrorism strategy, 7 July 2017

The newest terrorism: Why terrorism is getting riskier, 28 June 2017

Why the latest wave of terrorism will get worse before it gets better, 21 June 2017

Nieuwe terroristen zijn veel ideologischer en moordlustiger, 12 June 2017

Manchester: The newest terrorism, and the future of terrorism, 24 May 2017

Defeating the Islamic State in the fifth dimension, 16 September 2016

The European Union is NOT good for British security, 12 March 2016

Surviving new terrorist attacks in 10 steps, 18 November 2015

Terrorism in Paris: Hard lessons for soft borders, 14 November 2015

How to defeat ISIS (and why it probably won't happen), 2 March 2015

What should Britain do about its Jihadists? 28 August 2014

The Boston bombers fit the American Jihadi profile, 30 April 2013

A newer strategy against newer terrorism, 27 June 2012

American suicide terrorism, 21 February 2012

From extrajudicial killing to judicial prosecution, 13 February 2012

intelligence and counterintelligence

Insider threats, 6 January 2014

Five misconceptions about US cyber espionage, 5 November 2013


Brexit is a repudiation of left-wing populism, not a right-wing populist conspiracy, 15 January 2018

Tony Blair's arguments abuse logic and evidence in favor of pathos, 8 January 2018 

Adonis' barmy Brexit-bashing is partly the fault of the government's contradictory policy, 31 December 2017

Downing Street is scuppering its own negotiating position by failing to extol the virtues of Brexit, 27 December 2017

May's disingenuous Brexit vision, 16 December 2017

Theresa May's Brexit doesn't mean Brexit: We're not sovereign, still paying, more uncertain, less stable, 16 December 2017

Without reform, the EU is too unstable to be worth £40 billion, 22 November 2017 

Brexit and instability, 28 January 2017

Could the Brexit unite Ireland? 19 July 2016

Britain will leave the EU: What else is predictable? 24 June 2016

Americans would choose Brexit, 19 June 2016

The European Union is NOT good for British security, 12 March 2016

​How to defeat ISIS (and why it probably won't happen), 2 March 2015

Churchill as war leader: Myths and realities, 5 February 2014

The withering of a once special relationship, 17 August 2010

Democracy's war problem, 18 November 2009 


Europe's crisis, America's lessons, 24 February 2012

Failed Britain's uncomfortable lessons for American finances, 14 February 2012


"Independent" "blame-less" healthcare: British government still fails at managing health risks, 28 November 2017

Exposed! The PHSO's secret attempts to spin out of my criticisms, 20 November 2017

The Key Problem with the NHS is not money or culture, it's accountability, 13 August 2017

British Health Department must handle complaints over healthcare, 6 April 2015

Unaccountability is bad for healthcare and democracy 31 March 2015

The NHS is unregulated, and patients practically carry all the risks, 3 July 2014

The incestuous, unjust, and ineffective regulation of British healthcare, 27 September 2013

Is the British healthcare a model for the US? Current scandals suggest not, 7 September 2013


Critical conservatism versus educated liberalism, 20 October 2017

"Sense About Science" is an agenda-drive partisan lobbyist pretending to advocate for science, 26 October 2016

The Campaign for Real Social Science, 28 August 2015

What Rolling Stone magazine should learn from social science, 11 April 2015

Declining standards in British education, 16 July 2012

Defence education, 29 April 2012

Game On: Does digital training encourage trigger-happy cowboys? 4 February 2012

Choosing the right experiential training, 1 January 2008.


When "PROTEST! is wrong: UC Berkeley's anti-free speech, anti-learning, anti-democratic, un-safety, 2 February 2017

Stop blaming "populism" for everything, 11 December 2016

Is Britain heading back to the 1970s? 5 May 2015

Britain needs more accountability, 4 May 2014

If you find yourself agreeing with UKIP's policies, are you racist? 29 April 2015

Great British reforms under great international attention, 12 July 2012

Society, Culture, and media

Another BBC report whitewashes the BBC's mishandling of science, 10 August 2016

The news media triumph again, 21 April 2015

Despite scandals, news media accountability is missing from Britain's national election, 17 April 2015

What Rolling Stone magazine should learn from social science, 11 April 2015​