Seven months after a 9.0 earthquake and devastating Tsunami hit Japan, claiming at least 15, 821 lives and causing what some estimate could exceed over $300 billion dollars in damages, the last of this year's joint Public/Private OSAC delegations arrived in Tokyo, the first of three key stops in Asia: Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul. As one makes their way from Narita International Airport, one sees no visible signs of any lingering effects of those horrific days (although I'm told that apparently the Tokyo Tower is still slightly bent). Most of those effects are yet being dealt with much further to the north.
We're here in beautiful Orlando, Florida, guests of ASIS at the ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. Former Acting-Executive Director, Peter Ford, and OSAC analysts--Aiste Ray, Jennifer Hardwick--and I accepted a gracious invitation to attend this year's event and the opportunity to host an informational booth to educate the participants on OSAC and its services.
The beguiling out-stretched, welcoming arms of Rio’s iconic symbol stood in stark contrast to the long lines that awaited us at customs, something the city will definitely want to have addressed before the arrival of the Olympic Games.
Monterrey, situated picturesquely at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains in the heart of what’s now reputedly Mexico’s most dangerous state (Nuevo Leon), is paradoxically also known as the economic juggernaut of Mexico.
Well-rested from our February foray into Iraq, Peter Ford and I are once again converging on a site in the Mid-East—not for a Country Council this time--but rather a large gathering of more than 225 Regional Security Officers, OSAC analysts, and Private-Sector Security Representatives...
We arose before dawn to meet our Security Detail for the ride back to the airport. Although there appeared to be more than just a few large commercial craft parked at the gates of the International terminal, including a large 747, our selected mode of travel this morning was a C-130 managed by what‘s affectionately known as “State Air”.
The number of Private Security Companies operating in Baghdad is surprising and gives way to an appreciation of the magnitude of the mission. Meeting with all of them would have proven infeasible, so we advanced the next best thing by meeting with the President of the PSCAI (Private Security Company Association of Iraq).