39th Lecture

New paradigms in responding to asymmetric threats,

New paradigms in responding to asymmetric threats

RW

February 22, 2018

OBJECTIVE

To better understand the techniques needed to handle counter terror threats .

CONTEXT

Police and security personnel have generally been trained on conventional tactics for dealing with criminals, but the threat of terrorist attacks on "soft targets" in civilian environments under the spotlight of the media is completely a different threat vector.

Traditional policing tactics of "contain and assess" turns fatal and bloody! The new terror threats, requires an immediate transformation in security training methods. Most firearms & tactical certifications of police, LE and security forces were designed long ago, based on the old out-dated concepts to control 'traditional' criminal acts.

The "paper-target" syndrome is precarious and inaccurate. It creates a false sense of proficiency. Defeating Urban terror requires speed, aggressiveness and an offensive mindset. Tactics adopted by the army, designed for large-scale conflicts cannot be adopted to remediate such threats as the focus is on speed and the right selection of targets.

As witnessed in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels or Dhaka, the intervention by Special Forces or SWAT may be far too late. The key to minimize casualty is to react decisively with an offensive mind-set.

KEY TOPICS

  • The Basic Ground of OTR concept
  • Criminal Act vs Act of Terror
  • Gaps of training and operations

EXPERT

The expert from Switzerland is a tactical specialist, currently training the counter-terrorism police units in Europe with over 40 years of field experience. Since 2007, he has been employed by several countries around the world to design and conduct training hubs for security forces, rapid intervention teams, maritime security and more.

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