Maritime and Corporate Anti-Terrorism Training and Education
The United States is waking up to the reality of terrorism on our shores, as the attacks today have become more egregious and involve large numbers of victims. This is not a victimless crime; when a randomly placed bomb is detonated, or a prominent business- person is kidnapped, the victim becomes incidentally involved. The incidents of suicide bombings, hostage takings, and kidnappings have given the terrorist more confidence in their desire to hurt America.
The terrorists have determined that the most effective way to hurt this country is to violate the economy, and they are now feasting on these soft targets. How protected are you from a suicide bomber walking into your building? Are the CEO and other executives vulnerable to kidnapping? How safe are your hospitals or movie theaters? Are you protected from industrial/internal espionage? What about an inside job? Are there mechanisms in place to help employees cope with corruption or a terrorist “asking for a favor”? Are your ports secure or vulnerable? Is the Container Security Initiative making you feel more secure? Is your cargo safe on the high seas? How safe are you on that cruise? These propositions raise the most serious social, political, humanitarian, and financial issues for those who must make the decisions affecting the lives and safety of their employees.
Simply think about the World Trade Center bombings in 1993 and 2001, or the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, or perhaps the Unabomber’s reign, 1978-1995. The professional men and women of The VonFrederick Group are dedicated and committed to train and educate your employees and executives in measures that are needed to minimize or prevent a terrorist attack on your facilities, your assets, and your employees.
Psychological Anti-Terrorism Training
Terrorism can be political or ideological in nature, but can be a violent personal crime as well. Most terrorist acts are planned much in advance, and, to be effective, terrorists must be able to manipulate the community and public to which their message is addressed. The inculcation of terror is paramount and deliberate; it is the main purpose of their ambition, and having an audience is crucial.
Terrorist victimization can traumatize an individual or all of your employees. Many hostage and kidnap victims experience incongruous feelings toward their captors, and the events may constitute a serious challenge to their own value systems. The most striking manifestation of this is the Stockholm syndrome. The Stockholm syndrome is an incongruous feeling of empathy toward the hostage takers and a displacement of frustration and aggression on the part of the victims toward authorities.
A team of Forensic psychiatrists is on board to train and teach employees/staff how to deal with the psychological ramifications of terrorism, should they be unfortunate enough to experience such carnage. The team will also provide employees with the mechanisms for coping with corruption and fraud, as well as solicitations from terrorists.
Organizational Anti-Terrorism Training
Organizations are usefully conceptualized as technologies, social structures, cultures, and physical structures that overlay and interpenetrate one another within the context of an environment. Since the organization is the belly of the business, there is a strong desire for the terrorist to eviscerate the organization, bringing on economic hardship and strife. A terrorist attack would put an organization in disarray, or, worse case scenario, out of business.
For organizations that have experienced an attack on its physical structure, its employees, its technology, its assets, or its products, this would be a time of discomfiture. Nonetheless, the organization will need the resources and tools to revamp. A highly trained staff of organizational management specialists with doctoral degrees is on board to train and teach the intricacies that will be needed if such an event were to occur.
Corporate Finance and Terrorism
Organization’s shareholders are the mainstream to corporate vitality and growth. Positive public opinion adds value, which directly correlates to an organization’s price to earnings ratio. A corporation’s publicly reported financial statements create an avenue of access directly into the internal techniques of a company, and the hierarchy of management and business practices.
Outsiders looking to cripple a business identify areas of vulnerability, which will directly affect the organization’s profitability, and which conversely affects the economy as a whole. The socio-techno systems put in place by an organization need to be analyzed, understood, and secured by upper management. Placing a corporation in financial ruin, which negatively adulterates the economy, is the primary objective of any act of terrorism.
A team of public relations and financial management specialists with doctoral degrees is on board to assist key leaders in preparing for any catastrophic events, focusing on the positive public relations aspect of maintaining corporate securities value, while enduring an unfortunate emergency situation.