Left of Bang

Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley wrote a magnificent book on how to survive using the U.S. Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program, titled Left of Bang. We call it Situational Awareness in the U.S. Air Force. This program will save your life if you understand the concepts.

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“If you were to picture a timeline, “bang” is time-zero and is in the middle of the line. Bang is whatever event you are trying to prevent from occurring.”
The Next Level of Tactical Awareness— Getting Left of Bang

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Situational Awareness: Let’s Stay to the “Left of Bang”

Getting Left of Bang: The next level of tactical awareness (Police One Article – for Law Enforcement) 

What is the Left of Bang? 

Left of Bang Webinar (FBI’s Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association – Boston Chapter)

Left of Bang and the OODA Loop –

For those that don’t pay attention…

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The F3EAD method

The F3EAD is used by military and government agencies to target individuals, organizations, and more. It can be useful for defending your family, business or self in a self-defense scenario.

The F3EAD (Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, and Disseminate – pronounced “F-three-e-a-d” or “feed,” is a version of the targeting methodology utilized by the special operations forces (SOF) responsible for some of the most widely-publicized missions in support of overseas contingency operations) method is interesting and it used by the military to find a target and eliminate it.


Use the F3EAD method in self defense can work like this:

Find – it is a start point to determine who who targeting you, your business or family.

Fix – identifying the threat or target in space and time (“Unblinking eye”) or known as surveillance.

Finish – neutralizing the threat using whatever means necessary (gun, knife, MMA, police, etc).

Exploit – finding evidence on the individual or group that is targeting your family, business or self, and if this information can be used in prosecution or in your defense in court.

Analyze – what went wrong or right during this self defense situation. Capture lessons learned.

Disseminate – share what you have learned with the self-defense community, so that it will help another person defend themselves in a similar situation.


F3EAD was used to capture Bin Laden –

Defend your home

Clearing your home –

How To Prepare For a HOME INVASION – Home Defense MASTERCLASS
Considerations for home defense: It’s all about developing mindset (VIDEO)

Close Quarter Shooting Techniques – 

Human  Weapon Techniques

 Biblical Self Defense

Home and Family Security

Taking care of your loved ones is essential in defending your home. When you have a family, you need to protect them by any means necessary. Alarm systems alone will not protect you or your family. You need to be well versed in what to do, both tactically and maintaining situational awareness

The Crime Doctor has some good tips here too!


Here are some Home and Family Security tips from the government:

You and your family members should always practice basic personal security precautions.

Familiarize your family with the local terrorist and criminal threats and regularly review the protective measures and techniques listed in this handbook. Ensure everyone in your family knows what to do in case of emergency.

In addition to installation-specific Web sites, the following Web sites may also provide useful information about recent threats or activities. Indeed, portions of this guide are derived from the sources below.

In the continental United States (CONUS):

• U.S. Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov and http://www.ready.gov

• Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov

• The American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.bt.cdc.gov and http://emergency.cdc.gov


• U.S. Department of State http://travel.state.gov or http://www.state.gov Also, the Department of State has a travel registry for U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas. Called STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), this service is used to facilitate contact between the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the individual during times of emergencies. More information on the process can be found

U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas. Called STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), this service is used to facilitate contact between the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the individual during times of emergencies. More information on the process can be found at: https://travelregistration.state.gov 

Ready.gov has this plan on their website:


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“Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan.

Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF – 1.2 Mb), print the pages and fill them in offline.

Your emergency planning should also address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Read more about school and workplace plans.

Once you’ve collected this important information, gather your family members and discuss the information to put in the plan. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise.”


SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES: Knowing a little of everything is a good thing…

Gracie BJJ Self Defense Vol 1

Gracie BJJ Self Defense Vol 2

Judo Self Defense

Kapap Israeli Special Forces Combat Concepts Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4

Krav Maga Tutorial Krav Maga Defense

Systema – Russian Self Defense


Homeland Security Snapshot – December

The Homeland Security Committee just released this visual product and I am cheering all the way bank. They get the threat of terrorism.



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The December Terror Threat Snapshot was released today by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. The “snapshot” is a monthly assessment of the Committee’s continuing efforts to highlight the growing threat America, the West, and the world face from ISIS and other Islamist terrorists.

Earlier this week, Chairman McCaul delivered his inaugural State of Homeland Security Address at the National Defense University, Ft. McNair in Washington, D.C. McCaul discussed the rise of radicalism, terror threats to the United States, and America’s role in winning the war against Islamist terror during his address. See video of his remarks, here.

Chairman McCaul: “The state of our homeland is increasingly not secure and I believe 2015 will be seen as a watershed year in this long war. ISIS sympathizers in San Bernardino executed the deadliest Islamist terror attack on American soil since 9/11 last week. European ISIS fighters returning from the battlefields of Syria conducted a massacre on the streets of Paris in the worst attack in France since World War II. President Obama’s failure to lead in confronting this threat has left us vulnerable and our enemies emboldened. What we need in this moment is a global strategy to win the war against Islamist terror – not more lectures and half measures.”

Key takeaways in this month’s Terror Threat Snapshot include:

  • ISIS and its supporters are engineering a global terror campaign against the West, including here in the United States where they executed the deadliest Islamist terror attack on American soil since 9/11. ISIS has now directed or inspired 66 plots to attack Western targets, including 19 inside America. ISIS sympathizers conducted the recent attack in San Bernardino less than three weeks after ISIS operatives struck in Paris.
  • The failure to destroy ISIS resulted in an unprecedented Islamist terror threat level here at home this year. Authorities have arrested more than one ISIS-linked individual every week, on average, in 2015. ISIS-related cases have been opened in all 50 states and account for the majority of the nearly 1,000 active homegrown extremist investigations.
  • ISIS and al Qaeda’s global expansion is spawning jihadist incubators from Yemen to Libya. ISIS has established a Libyan affiliate that is steadily consolidating its stranglehold on territory and drawing foreign recruits. In Yemen, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has capitalized on the ongoing war there to seize territory and bolster the ranks of its supporters.
  • Foreign fighters operating on jihadist battlefields are a surging threat to Americans and our allies, as demonstrated in the November 13 Paris attack. The ISIS attack plot in France was executed by mostly French and Belgian militants, some of whom had traveled to Syria and infiltrated Europe using the cover of refugee and migrant flows.
  • Islamist terrorists have attempted to infiltrate the United States through the refugee resettlement program since 2011. The National Counterterrorism Center has identified “…individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria attempting to gain entry to the U.S. through the U.S. refugee program.”
  • The transfers of Guantanamo terror detainees overseas and, potentially, to the homeland threaten Americans and broader U.S. national security interests. Nearly one in three detainees released from the facility are known – or are suspected – to have rejoined Islamist terror groups, including a former detainee who now recruits for ISIS in Pakistan. County sheriffs in Colorado warned President Obama in November that moving Guantanamo detainees onto U.S. soil, which is prohibited but which the President has threatened to force through executive action, would endanger American communities.
  • Iran is posed to receive economic sanctions relief from the West despite plotting terror attacks against Western interests, employing cyber weapons to target American government personnel, conducting illicit ballistic missile tests, stonewalling UN inspectors, and stockpiling missiles threatening Israel. The Obama Administration is preparing to ease sanctions on Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism whose sectarian policies are a key enabler for ISIS and al Qaeda’s recruitment.

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The complete December Terror Threat Snapshot is available, here.

View the Committee’s interactive Terror Threat Snapshot map, here.