Kidnapping for ransom works like a market. How it is organized is surprising. (source -The Washington Post)

Hi, I would suggest all people involved in trip over “dangerous countries” and their organisations’ to read the linked article.

Ransom and mediation in a kidnap situation are always a big problem, and in the article you can probably understand how big is it!

As my short and probably “silly or naive” consideration, I think it would be way better for people, organisations, NGOs, etc, that work in dangerous areas, to attend a proper preparation and training, to connect themselves with serious and diligent “travel Risk Management” company, thus to drastically reduce the probability to be be subject to “an abduction”.


It isn’t kidnappers who regulate the market for hostage taking. It’s insurance companies. 

Read the article: Kidnapping for ransom works like a market. How it is organized is surprising. – The Washington Post


Here another FAQS short article, this time about PMSCs.

Let me introduce the article with a personal consideration.  In the eyes of “pacifist” or generally Civilians with none or very little understanding of the security world, all PMSCs are just groups of “mercenaries”, therefore considered dangerous, out of control, and in anyway useless!

Most people consider the PMSCs’ personnel as criminals or even worst “paranoid people” looking for murdering and other stupidities.

Well, this is an idea instilled by Media and other mass communications platforms, that always describe these companies as “non legal. unclear” entities, and that can gather a lot of audience form this description.  In reality, although I admit it remain still some grey zone (i.e. luck of clear international regulation and protocol), the majority of the PMSCs are doing an incredible good job both in war contest and in our normal society.  In fact, under the name of PMSCs are not only these companies that work in war zone, but also all the companies providing any sort of security services around the world.

I will write more on the subject in my future article, but for the moment I leave you at the PMSCs’ FAQS … PMSCs | Remote Control Project.

Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper

Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper

15/01/2015 – Un sottufficiale del Gruppo Operativo Incursori (G.O.I.) del Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori della Marina Militare si è classificato al primo posto alla competizione ICASD (International Concentration for Advanced Sniping), tenutasi nello scorso mese di ottobre nella città di Artà (Djibouti).

L’attività, organizzata dal C.O.F.S. (Comando interforze per le Operazioni delle Forze Speciali) di concerto con le forze armate francesi di stanza a Djibouti, nasce come una esercitazione volta a testare le capacità degli sniper delle diverse forze speciali invitate (Commando Hubert, Commando Mont Fort, CPA 10, 1° RPIMA, GIGN, Navy Seals, G.O.I. e 9^ Rgt. Col Moschin), ma, dato il contesto internazionale in cui si sviluppa, si trasforma fin dai primi istanti in una competizione di altissimo livello, con una vera e propria graduatoria finale.

Nello scenario desertico e roccioso della città di Artà, i 26 operatori sniper, suddivisi in 13 coppie, hanno avuto la possibilità di misurarsi per 15 giorni, con ritmi molto serrati (dall’alba fino a notte inoltrata), in molteplici attività: tiri di interdizione, tiri di soppressione su lunghe distanze, tiri da elicottero, percorso di assalto, tiro a distanze sconosciute (unknown distance game), tiro angolato a lunga distanza con tutti i calibri dotazione (5,56 ; 308; 338; 50BMG; 9mm).

Tutto ciò rispecchia esattamente le situazioni operative in cui gli sniper sono chiamati ad intervenire, senza contare le condizioni spartane in cui hanno operato ed il caldo torrido che contribuivano ad elevare il livello di stress.

Al termine della competizione sono state redatte due classifiche, una di squadra (ovvero di coppia) e una individuale. Nella classifica di squadra per gli italiani il miglior risultato è stato ottenuto dal Gruppo Operativo Incursori con il 7° posto, mentre nella classifica individuale il gradino più alto del podio è stato calcato da un sottufficiale del G.O.I. arrivato davanti ai Navy Seals (2° posto) e al GIGN (3° posto).

Tale risultato, frutto dell’altissimo livello addestrativo a cui si sottopongono gli Arditi Incursori di Comsubin, inorgoglisce la Marina Militare e porta l’eccellenza italiana a livello internazionale anche in questo ambito.

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Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper


15 January 2015 – A warrant Officer from the Italian SPECOPs NAVY (GOI) ranked the first place in the competition ICASD (International Concentration for Advanced Sniping) held in the town of Artà (Djibouti).

The event, organised by the COFS (Italian JSOC) in cooperation with the French Forces based in Djibouti, was primary organised in order to test the effectiveness and abilities of all invited Special Forces (Commando Hubert, Commando Mont Fort, CPA 10, 1° RPIMA, GIGN, Navy Seals, G.O.I. e 9^ Rgt. Col Moschin).

Given the international context in which it develops, the event becomes at the very early stage a high level competition, ending with a real final ranking.

The 26 Sniper operator, divided in 13 sniper teams, have been challenged in harsh conditions similar to those that they would face in any real operation, therefore competing in a demanding deserted and rocky environment, and with a very tight schedule (from dawn until late at night).

During the exercise/competition, the sniper teams have been challenged in several activities such us Interdiction fire, long distance suppression fire, Heli-sniping, unknown distance shooting, assault path, and long distance high angle shooting, using all diverse supplied calibers (5,56; 308; 338; 50BMG; 9mm).

The competition ended with two separate ranking:

Team ranking, where the Italian best result was the 7th place ranked by the GOI.

Individual Ranking, where the Italian Navy SPECOP warrant officer ranked 1st (Navy Seal 2nd and CIGN 3rd)

Such result is not only reason for pride for the Italian Navy, but also for all Italian armed forces.




Pentagon tests

first network hub

WASHINGTON — Tests of the first hub in the Pentagon’s network consolidation effort, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, have thus far been successful, Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen said. This amounts to a step forward as the Pentagon collapses its sprawling, disparate networks into a more streamlined, standardized, defendable and cost-effective structure. Each network hub, called a joint regional security stack (JRSS), is essentially a collection of servers, switches and software tools to provide better network traffic visibility and analysis. “It has some sensors, which will give us a better tip-off to what’s going on on the network, so we can take more responsive action [against anomalous activity],” Halvorsen said in a call with reporters. Citing security concerns, he declined to discuss the specifics of the test or the protective software — and declined to discuss costs ahead of Congress approving the Defense Department’s budget. The consolidated structure would also be visible to the National Security Agency, for intelligence sharing and collaborating on network defense, officials say.  Starting next year and culminating in 2016 and 2017, the rolling effort will see 11 JRSS nodes in the continental U.S., and 23 locations around the world. The first JRSS is at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been set up to handle both Army and Air Force network traffic. “There’s an enormous push behind the thing, this is happening now, it’s not some future pipe dream type stuff,” Hari Bezwada, the chief information officer for the Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. An Army battalion, which has been installing bulk buys of networking gear, has completed work at nine bases, Bezwada said. The Army and Air Force are converting to JRSS nodes, ahead of the Navy and Marine Corps. The consolidation is meant to reduce the attack surface for hackers, and DoD’s finite number of defenders, Rezwada said. DoD plans to wrap the whole thing in “best-of-breed” security software.  “You don’t want people to come in through the back door and attack, now we can defend these locations a lot better, with sophisticated, trained people,” Bezwada said. The Army and the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate are also collaborating on a laboratory that allows experimentation with new cybersecurity technology. Among other cloud-based applications, the consolidated networks will host “big data” analytics apps that would sniff out intrusions in real time, Bezwada said. What’s more, network overseers will be able to “see” 4 million users simultaneously, Rezwada said.  The transition will also enable the Army to seek cloud-based “unified capabilities,” a package of IP-based services including chat, video and voice communications. The Pentagon plans to issue a request for proposals in early 2015.



Brooklyn Apartment Building Fire Forces Tenants To Jump From Windows « CBS New York

We often refuse to understand that Fire can be dangerous even when is a small fire …

what about if you open your room or house door and fire and smoke are already there … in front of you … to this point it does not matter how big is the Fire, it does not matter if over that “fire wall” there are free stairs … what matter is that you are Trapped in that place!

In the accident described in the video and article (link on the bottom to this page) I am glad to say that all saved their life … but still two people went to the hospital (one of them is a small child). They escape from “the only evacuation way they had… “THE WINDOW” … in this case thanks to a “neighbouring roofs”.

Always consider the opportunity to have a secondary and safe way out! (EBE Emergency Building Evacuation plan)

You will probably (hopefully) never gat in such situation, but “never say never” … following some salient phrases from the interviewed people … Probably they also thought “it will never happen to me”

“In one minute I smelled smoke, opened my door and it was too late — had to head straight to the window,” he said. “I was fearing for my life, I had to get out of there. It was so intense, so quick, so fast.”


“Just a whole flame of fire, just fire and smoke. I couldn’t see nothing,” he said. “I jumped through the window around the back and waited until fire rescuers came and take me down from the other side of the building.”


Greene said he probably lost everything but he’s thankful he was able to get out.

“I’m alive, it’s okay. I’m alive, I’m glad to be alive,” he said.

Brooklyn Apartment Building Fire Forces Tenants To Jump From Windows « CBS New York.

Fire at apartment blocks kills 4, leaves 124 injured-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily

A police officer helps a resident retrieve her belongings Sunday in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi. By Kim Sang-seon

We should all think about fire or other dramatic events that could seriously treat our lives… and we should not get scared about it, because today we have the proper knowledge and technology to help “helpers” and to rapidly and safely evacuate a building…

Every day we spend money in probably “not of primary needs” goods and services, but when it comes time to prevent a possible problem, therefore prepare ourselves and probably spend some money for proper training, equipments, and tools, we just say the most common and famous sentences… “it will never happen to me… my house is safe… fire?  there are firefighter for it … etc.”

here few sentences from the linked article (on the bottom of this page) that could stimulate your attention 😉

The female victims were 26-year-old Han Kyeong-jin, 29-year-old Yoon Hyo-jeong and 68-year-old Ahn Hyeon-sun. Lee Gwang-hyeok, 44, was the only male victim. 

VICTIMS ARE ALWAYS FROM ANY AGE AND SEX… when you are trapped, you are just trapped!


Four helicopters and 160 firefighters were sent to the scene, with the first fire truck arriving at 9:33 a.m. But authorities said they had a tough time getting to the location because the road leading to the buildings was too narrow for the fire truck to drive through. 

Thick smoke rises from the scene of a fire in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi, 27 kilometers north of Seoul (17 miles) on Saturday morning, leaving four dead and 124 injured as of press time Sunday. [NEWSIS]

We never know how long Firefighters or other Rescue Unit will take to arrive… and in such situations, time run faster than ever!


During that time, the flames obstructed the main doorways on the first floors and smoke billowed up inside the buildings. Most of the trapped victims evacuated to the rooftops and waited for helicopters to rescue them. 

Others who lived on the lower floors jumped out of their windows or climbed down the outer walls before firefighters arrived at the scene. 

Opportunity to run out the window could be for everybody… you only need to know How and with What!  (EBE)

Fire at apartment blocks kills 4, leaves 124 injured-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily.

EBE out of a window-building on fire-evacuation-rope-survive the fire-easyyou are trapped in a Building because of Fire or Earthquake or any other incident… your best evasion way (probably the only one) is the window or balcony… but you are above 6 Mt (20Feet)… how to escape than? you wait for Rescue team? sure?

have a look at this…EBE
Be safe, choose to learn when you don’t need… because when you would need it would be too late!

Sei Intrappolato in un palazzo che va a fuoco, o dopo un terremoto o per ogni altro incidente… la tua migliore via di fuga e’ la finestra o il balcone… ma sei oltre i 6 Mt di altezza (20 Piedi) … come fai? aspetti i soccorsi? sicuro?
Dai uno sguardo a questo EBE
Sii sicuro, scegli di imparare quando non ti serve… perché’ quando ti potrebbe servire potrà’ essere troppo tardi!


(2) Danilo Amelotti.