Episode 10

Situational Awareness in hostile and remote environments | Thomas Pecora

If you’re caught by surprise in an ambush site, you’rehistory. Before an attack happens, there are clues in the environment that can help you beat the surprise factorand increase your chances of survival tremendously.


This week’s guest is Thomas Pecora, former CIA, author of the book Guardian and an expert in situational awareness and counter-ambush. Tom shares knowledge from his 24-year CIA career and explains how incorporating principles of staying under the radar and stealth helped the CIA to improve its protective mobility.


In this episode, we discuss:


▪ How the ‘bad guy’ thinks, operates, and the tacticsthey use.

▪ How to hone situational awareness skills and pick up on the patterns of life when entering a new country.

▪ How to incorporate situational awareness skill sets into your everyday life.

▪ And, how to come out on top even without the backing and resources of an intelligence agency or a modern military.


This should be a great episode for anyone working overseas, particularly those working in hostile environments. But also for executive protection professionals everywhere!


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More about Tom Pecora: 

Thomas (Tom) Pecora is a former CIA Senior Security Officer who retired after 24 years of protecting Agency personnel. He managed large security programs and operations in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and in various conflict zones. He has over 30 years of experience in protective operations, crisis management, personnel/physical security, and counter-terrorism. As Director of Pecora Consulting Services, he provides security vulnerability and threat assessments, as well as personal safety and crime prevention/avoidance skills training. He is also a published author and has written a memoir entitled “GUARDIAN – Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA’s War on Terror.”

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Guardian - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's war on terror

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