Counterterrorism Strategies for Corporations: The Ackerman Principles

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When America?s corporate leaders need reliable information and expertise about dealing with threats to personnel both here and abroad, they turn to Mike Ackerman, who for more than thirty years has helped the business community deal with everything from random street crime to global jihad. Widely acknowledged as one of America's leading authorities on terrorism, Ackerman's forte is recovering kidnap victims. He has been involved directly in more than 150 cases.
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Overview

When America’s corporate leaders need reliable information and expertise about dealing with threats to personnel both here and abroad, they turn to Mike Ackerman, who for more than thirty years has helped the business community deal with everything from random street crime to global jihad. Widely acknowledged as one of America's leading authorities on terrorism, Ackerman's forte is recovering kidnap victims. He has been involved directly in more than 150 cases.
In this comprehensive overview, a distillation of his 46 years of experience in intelligence, military security, and, most of all, corporate security, Ackerman explores in depth the risks, direct and indirect, to multinational corporations from al Qaeda and its affiliates, and suggests practical countermeasures. Similarly, on the subjects of kidnapping and extortion, where his experience is unparalleled, he explores risks and suggests strategies for prevention and response. Several kidnapping and extortion cases in which he has been involved are described in dramatic detail.
Ackerman also comments in depth on the use of bodyguards and armored vehicles, two of the more controversial subjects in corporate security, and addresses in depth residential security. Again, arguments are buttressed with concrete examples drawn from Ackerman’s long experience.
Like no other book on the market, this excellent resource is a must-read for corporate CEOs; CFOs; general counsel; executives charged with security, legal, human resources, risk management and travel management responsibilities; overseas travelers; business-school students; and, indeed, anyone concerned about terrorism.
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"Dick had the highest regard for Mike Ackerman’s ability to adapt skills learned at the CIA to problem-solving for American corporations navigating a troubled world. Counterterrorism Strategies for Corporations is a "good read" that discusses in unemotional terms the risks we all face. Dick would have loved it."
--Mrs. Richard Helms, wife of the late CIA director

"Mike Ackerman gives sage advice, distilled from decades of first-hand experiences, about how to negotiate with kidnappers and other terrorists—if you must."
--Howard Raiffa, Professor (emeritus), Harvard Business School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591026549
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Ackerman (Miami, FL) has been the CEO of The Ackerman Group LLC for over thirty years. His company provides services to sixty-five of America’s top one hundred multinational corporations, along with numerous European and Japanese corporations. His former positions include operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency and security officer for the US Air Force Strategic Air Command. He frequently comments on terrorism-related developments on Fox News and has also appeared on NBC News, ABC News, The Larry King Show, Crossfire, The Today Show, and other programs.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 13

The Ackerman Principles 17

Section 1 Prologue

1 The Great Asparagus Caper 21

2 The Critical Need for Intelligence 27

Section 2 Contending with Global Jihad

3 The Character of Global Jihad 37

4 The Aims of Global Jihad 43

5 Al-Qaida Goes for the Jugular: The Pakistani Aberration 47

6 Specific and Class Attacks: Algeria and Egypt 53

7 Attacks against Specific Economic Targets 65

8 Class Attacks: Commercial Aviation 75

9 Class Attacks: Trains and Subways 83

10 Class Attacks: Hotels and Hangouts 91

11 Class Attacks: Tourism 97

Section 3 Dealing with Kidnappings, Extortions, Threats

12 Chaos Breeds Kidnapping 105

13 Kidnapping: The Ultimate Corporate Nightmare 113

14 Cases from Hell 131

15 Dealing with Extortion 137

16 Dealing with Threats 145

Section 4 Conventional Crime Problems

17 Express Kidnapping 155

18 Other Violent Street Crime 161

19 Entertainment Venues 167

20 Residential Crime 169

Section 5 Protecting Employees from Specific Attacks

21 Modifying Behavior 181

22 Armored Cars 189

23 Bodyguards 195

Section 6 Interacting with Corporate Security

24 The Corporate Security Function 207

25 What to Look for in a Corporate Security Director 211

26 Success Depends Upon: Credibility, Authority, Business Acumen 215

Section 7 Epilogue: A Look Back and a Look Ahead

27 A Look Back at My Career 223

28 A Look Ahead 241

Addenda

Major Global Jihad Attacks and Attempts Post-9/11

A Direct Attacks on Commercial Targets 249

B Commercial Aviation Targets 251

C Train and Subway Targets 252

D Hotels 253

E Tourism-Related Targets 254

F Governmental and Military Targets255

Travel Guides

1 Air Travel 257

2 Travel by Senior Officers with Protective Details 263

3 Solo Travel to Countries with High Terrorism or Crime Risks 267

4 Travel to Moderate-Risk Destinations 272

5 Travel to the Muslim World 275

6 Travel to Hostile Countries 278

7 Travel to Unstable Countries 281

8 Travel Tips for Women 282

9 Travel Tips for Nonwhites 283

10 Surviving an Abduction 283

Residential Security Checklists

1 Apartment-High-Risk Area 285

2 Apartment-Moderate-Risk Area 290

3 Single-Family Dwelling in Walled, Gated Community-High-Risk Area 294

4 Single-Family Dwelling on Public Street-High-Risk Area 299

5 Single-Family Dwelling-Moderate-Risk Area 305

Index 309

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