Over 10000 terror attacks occur worldwide every year. Japanese people are now considered viable targets by terrorists. Anti-terrorism measures are required not only while overseas, but here in Japan as well. Ordinary citizens and private companies, which primarily get wrapped up in terrorist attacks, must become “Hard Targets.” Most anti-terrorism measures are also effective anti-crime measures as well. With Japan being an economic superpower, its information is targeted by industrial spies. Japanese firms are increasingly being required to foster employee personal security and information security. Companies may face all sorts of crises, not just terrorism and crime. By incorporating the Crisis Response process, which is the United States Marine Corps’ Rapid Response Planning Process adapted for corporate use, companies can respond rapidly and rationally to any sort of crises they may face.
Terrorists prefer to attack “Soft Targets,” in other words private citizens and companies. Instead of resigning ourselves to waiting for an attack for happen, it is critical we be aware, make preparations, and become “Hard Targets” able to fend off such an attack.
Specific knowledge is required to heighten our awareness of anti-terrorism and anti-crime measures. There are many practical countermeasures we ordinary citizens can use. Just a little knowledge can spell the difference between life and death. Companies are increasingly being asked to develop their employees’ security awareness and skills, as well as enhancing information security. By being able to respond to all sorts of crises, not just terrorism and crime, a company can turn itself into a “Hard Target.:
Based on the foundation of my 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy,
I instruct, in Japanese, anti- terrorism measures, anti-crime measures, and information security practices.
Born and raised in Kamakura, Japan. Native level Japanese language.
- Former Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
- Served as Aide to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan
- Served as Flagship Operations Officer onboard the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood
- Designated U.S. Navy Anti-Terrorism Training Officer (ATTO)
20 years experience as a U.S. Navy officer, visited 22 foreign countries during the course of my duties.
- M.A., National Security Affairs, East Asia and Pacific from the Naval Postgraduate School - M.B.A., University of Washington
The current “Era of Terrorism” started on October 12th, 2000 with the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Aden harbor. The U.S. Navy reeled from the impact, and anti-terrorism became a top priority. At the time, I was a staff officer assigned to a U.S. Navy headquarters in Singapore, but was ordered to become an anti-terrorism specialist. My duties included ensuring the safety of U.S. Navy ships, aircraft and personnel operating in Southeast Asia, and educating other staff members in personal anti-terrorism measures. Following that tour, I was assigned as the Homeland Defense Assistant on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and oversaw fleet level anti-terrorism operations for the U.S. West Coast, Hawaii, and all U.S. territories in the Pacific. After retiring from the Navy, I earned a MBA from the University of Washington. I currently consider anti-terrorism from the perspective of the average Japanese citizen, and started a consultancy to teach anti-terrorism and personal security measures to firms and individuals with vested interests overseas.