DEFCON 2019

DEFCON 2019

August 16, 2019 14 Comments

A rogues review of DEFCON 2019 in Las Vegas! Check out this post to get the skinny on what's become summer camp for cyber kids.

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6 Tips for Managing Dynamic Human Growth

6 Tips for Managing Dynamic Human Growth

June 06, 2019

I know I've learned a lot of ways I would never want my soldiers lead from this organization. In an effort to find the positive I wanted to illustrate a few methods I personally feel lead to team success

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Return on Human Investments

Return on Human Investments

May 23, 2019

Recently in a DoD organization, someone asked a soldier what the return on investment was for them in exchange for sending that soldier to advanced training.  The higher command wanted a storyboard template block, asking again what the return on investment for any event was.  I immediately cringed.  Not only is it shortsighted with a fundamental lack of human and organizational development, but it’s simply poor leadership.  Let’s break down some of the failures in a small minded leader, and their leadership to illustrate why it destroys trust, cohesion, and productivity.  We may even dive into some of how it impacts unit and organizational retention while we’re at it.  

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Death by 1000 Cuts

Death by 1000 Cuts

March 08, 2019

In roughly 900 CE until its outlaw in 1905, the Chinese developed a method of execution called Lingchi.  This form of execution served as torture, public embarrassment, and punishment that continued well after death.  The practice was reserved for severe crimes -  treason, patricide/matricide, and mass murder.  Its continued use is reported through the Vietnam War, even after it was outlawed several years earlier.  While it may conjure images of just 1,000 cuts, the practice of Lingchi was a brutal and drawn-out process.  Executioners would deliver justice through a series of cuts to the skin, removing pieces of flesh intended to see how many cuts a person could withstand before dying.  The practice was generally followed by amputation, a stab to the heart, or decapitation.  

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Epoch Eyewear

Epoch Eyewear

February 25, 2019

Several months ago I was sent a few pairs of glasses from Epoch by a friend.  He asked only for my honest opinion and evaluation.  In the ensuing months I traveled to a few countries, more than a handful of states, and took on several work sets from relaxed to professional attire needs.

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Trayvax Contour

Trayvax Contour

January 06, 2019

HDT had a huge impact on me when I was younger and still at times whispers in my ear when I'm looking for that solution that seems untenable at best and precarious more often than not.  His writing when I first encountered it was sophisticated yet obviously simple.  I longed to rebel and move to a cabin on a pond to stand against the encroachment of law to the wilds of man.  Long lasting echos of simplification still encroach on my life some twenty-two years past when I enlisted for the most conforming process possible for a seventeen year old boy.

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The Survival Tree

The Survival Tree

April 12, 2018

A lot of people have asked me about how they could increase their survivability in an active shooter situation. The reality is sometimes you can’t win and that’s something you should be training for. Train for the worst day of your life and hopefully when it happens it’s nowhere near the level you trained for. If you’re lucky, your preparations will have paid off. However, the reality that you should always keep in the worst case scenario box is that you will not win. Get comfortable with that monster and snuggle up. You’re going to be spending a lot of time together. When you understand and embrace the fear, it allows you to rationally respond. In some fortunate moments, you will recognize the monster you’ve become comfortable with.

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Self Over Brand

March 15, 2018

I read somewhere recently that people put their faith in brands now over more traditional things.  Looking at my social media feeds and several news outlets this becomes very clear.  Not only do people get upset when they find out their favorite brands don’t fit their social expectations but they pay homage to brands for their personal successes.  Somewhere along the way we lost sight of the fact that brands are there for business but without the customer there is no brand.  Examining the idea of such things can be taboo but I like taboo so lets do this.

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Changing your path

February 22, 2018

There was recently a statement that I read from former Facebook employee that said something to the lines of people are mistaking popularity for truth. Perhaps once upon a time this was for the most part true but the days of the popular opinion being accurate are gone. This leads both sides of an argument to utilize not only inaccurate data for decision making but readily gives the other side flaming arrows to fire back. Unfortunately along with the truth exiting stage left it took civility along for the trip. The study was abandoned for the cave by men and the hard choices are left to what will gain the individual the most digital likes. The currency of doing the right thing has dropped in value like a third world currency in the middle of a violent revolution.

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Random reflection -

Random reflection -

February 17, 2018 1 Comment

It all just appears deep in your ears but shaping itself into your soul and then its gone.

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Just Be Cool

Just Be Cool

February 08, 2018

The story goes there was a small team in Afghanistan working the Pak border.  They were new on the ground and decided to reach out to the local elders in order to show respect.  What better way to build rapport than to host them all for a meal.  Hasty preparations and poorly worded invitations went out for a meal to be hosted in a local village within the week.  Now this little team arrived of their shiny new four wheelers and barely moon dusted kit early to make sure things went smoothly.  This sort of thing can make or break your rotation very easily.  

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Sniffing out the truth from the hype

Sniffing out the truth from the hype

February 01, 2018

Humans are liars, and understanding that is key in the intelligence community (IC).  The most trained liars still react in one form or fashion. In the real world, you can utilize techniques to help understand and assess these acts on a daily basis.

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