Head of Section visits Colby Smith of Radio Free Brooklyn to celebrate the life and legacy of Roger Moore – our introduction to James Bond through Roger Moore, his effect on the legacy on Bond, and a few of our favorite Moore films.
Roger Moore – Nobody does it better! Thank you for many years of class, style, sophistication, adventure and laughs! You will be greatly missed! Being James Bond looks back at the man behind Bond, his early career, his generous humanitarian work, and of course his tenure as James Bond.
âWait… three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.â What is it about Casino Royale that works so well? Tune in for this in-depth look at the 21st Bond film.
Fresh off the set of Steven Soderbergh’sâ âLogan Luckyâ where he plays a character named Joe Bang, Daniel Craig was still sporting the platinum blonde hair as he bonded with his fans in a way that one might not expect from the actor with the reputation for being âpricklyâ with fans and media. What might surprise the casual fan was just how warm, humble and candid Daniel Craig really came across, and with a self-deprecating sense of humor.
About his âpricklyâ reputation: âIâm not at all! I love my job and I celebrate what I do! But, Iâve always had pretty strict rules about privacy, so when that line gets crossed, I get pissed off.â Of paparazzi and living in the public eye, âItâs incredibly unnatural!â He added, â2005 was the year the Internet went âbah-bam,â and suddenly I was very exposed online.â
Naturally in a 90-minute forum, the conversation will cover the gambit. Daniel Craig was born on a stack of beer crates in the city of Chester, England. His grandfather was a master tailor, his mother an art teacher, and his father was the landlord of two rowdy pubs in Cheshire. With a background like that, you would think Craig was almost destined to become an actor portraying the worldâs best-dressed brawler. But, Craig will be the first to refute any reputation as a pub-scrapper. âNormally, what happens in bar fights is you get two guys who are really drunk and get really exhausted really quickly, swing a couple of times and start gasping for breath.â Craig can recount being approached by self-proclaimed tough guys looking to get into a âdick swingingâ competition. âIâm an actor! Itâs not real!â
A self-proclaimed âmassive Sean Connery fan,â the 48-year-old actor described his early days of sneaking to the local cinema where they showed third run movies. He cited Blade Runner as an early influence, as well as Harrison Ford as an actor, and laments the current generic, focus-group-driven nature of the film industry today.
Craig spoke at length about current projects, including the Broadway production of âOthello,â in which Craig will be starring in, that Barbara Broccoli will be producing, as well as the upcoming TV series, âPurityâ currently in production, which is based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen. When asked what drew him the character of Andreas Wolf, Craig look bewildered and responded candidly, âHave you read the book? Itâs fucking great!â
Of course, there was no escaping the current political landscape. While Craig confirmed he had donated to Bernie Sandersâ campaign and was a Hillary Clinton supporter (âIâm with her by the way.â), even the most ardent Trump supporter couldnât feel offended by his mild criticisms. âYou canât run a country like a business. There are losses, and businesses wouldnât put up with that. But those losses are there for good reason; we need to pick up the slack and we have to look after people.â
Craig was asked why at this stage of his career he would take an uncredited role as a stormtrooper. He once again looked confused, saying, âItâs fucking Star Wars!â
His introduction to the role of Bond has to be one of the most unlikely in cinema history. When a good friend passed away, Daniel was one of the pallbearers at the funeral. It was there that a mutual friend came up and introduced herself. That friend was Barbara Broccoli. Six months later, Daniel was invited out for âa cup of tea.â From there, it took a year and a half of deliberation before he would be crowned the new James Bond.
Craig was carefully diplomatic when asked about where the Brosnan era had left the Bond franchise. âI canât actually raise my eyebrow, I have to use my hand.â He admitted that if the script for Casino Royale had been similar to the last few films, he would have turned it down. It was Craigâs request to be part of the creative process that prompted him to accept the role and make history.
When the subject of Craigâs future as James Bond finally arrived, the actor was eager to clarify his âslash my wristsâ comments. âThey say that shit sticks and that has definitely stuck to me. But, that was the day after I finished filming. Itâs like youâre 20 yards from the end of a marathon and someone asks if you want to do another one, youâd say âfuck you!â
Finally, Craig was asked about the next Bond film. âWhere does that conversation stand?â He replied bluntly, âIt doesnât.â
He explained that it wasnât his intention to make any announcement at this time, and continued, âThereâs no conversation going on, and genuinely because everybodyâs just a bit tired.â
With that, the floor was opened up for questions, and right out of the gate, one Bond fan pressed Daniel on the issue of continuing the role, and asked what is most tedious about making a Bond movie? Daniel discussed how physically demanding it can be, but continued, âThe things I get to do on a Bond movie, there is no other job like it. And if I were to stop doing it, I would miss it terribly.â
He was then asked about âSpectreâ, and if throwing his PPK into the Thames and driving off into the sunset represented the end of his character arc? Craig replied, âThe answer is, Yes,â but continued on, âAt that moment, thatâs what he thinks. But, it always says, âTo be continuedâ at the end, doesn’t it?â
As the enjoyable evening was reaching its conclusion, yours truly had the opportunity to approach the microphone and ask one question: âDaniel, thank you for everything you have brought to James Bond. Is there something that James Bond has given to you? Something that you have taken away from being James Bond that may have surprised you?â
Daniel Craig literally clasped his hands together with a childlike smile and said, âThere is a garage upstate somewhere with an Aston Martin in it!â
To hear the interview in it entirety, check out the link below. (Sorry for the poor audio quality.)
âFranz Oberhauser died twenty years ago, James, in an avalanche alongside his father. A man you’re talking to now, a man inside your head, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.â Being James Bond is proud to announce we’re getting back into VIDEO, and we kick off our new YouTube page by revisiting the 24th James Bond film â Spectre!
âFranz Oberhauser died twenty years ago, James, in an avalanche alongside his father. A man you’re talking to now, a man inside your head, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.â It was a tough film to review when it first came out, and now we’ve had some time to reflect on Spectre! How does the film hold up? In this episode, we revisit the 24th James Bond film! And hang on, cause this one ended up being a two-part episode!
‘Spectre’ Revisited: Part I:
‘Spectre’ Revisited: Part II:
Imagine yourself out on the open ocean. Land is out of sight, and with it the lights and sounds of civilization. Even the smell of the shore, which people on land often confuse with the smell of the sea, is gone. The night is clear, the air is warm, the breeze is steady, and it’s difficult to pick out constellations because there are too many visible stars in the sky. With the sails trimmed properly, the boat sails itself, cutting smartly through the water and you’re left to read a book, stare skyward, or watch the trail of phosphorescence the boat leaves in it’s wake.
Sailing is a truly indescribable experience. Moving through the water using nothing but the power of the wind is exhilarating and liberating. Unlike driving a car where the motor is chugging away and the driver simply puts their faith in the engine and mechanics of the vehicle, sailing is completely transparent; the same wind you feel in your hair is pushing the sails, which you are in complete control over. It’s a hands-on experience and leaves you feeling a sense of accomplishment for every inch you travel.
While the ultimate goal of many sailors is to take off to exotic ports, you can still experience the freedom the sport has to offer by cruising around in lakes and harbors, participating in races, and crewing on friends’ boats. A lot of people seem to be intimidated by sailing, but there’s really nothing difficult or complicated about it. After all, we’re talking about a technique that’s been around for thousands of years. Thousands of years ago, the ancient polynesians discovered and inhabited remote islands thousands of miles from any other land in small handmade crafts. With modern advancements, sailing has become easier, safer, and nearly foolproof. Enrolling in a short course or learning from others will get you on the water in no time, so leave your doubts on shore, cast off the docklines, and dive into the ancient art of sailing.
Overview: What is Sailing?
At its core, sailing is simply the act of harnessing the power of the wind to propel a ship through the water. It is truly a unique form of transportation; navigating the boundary between two mediums, the sea and the air.
The many forms of sailing can be as diverse as the boats and people who sail them. At one extreme, boatbuilders design ultralight ships made of state-of-the art materials which are capable of flying across the water at up to 75 miles per hour using nothing but the power of the wind. At the other extreme, boats are made extremely heavy and tough to ride out gale-force winds in the most dangerous seas on the planet in comfort.
Somewhere in the middle lies the average sailor who gets around in a fast but sturdy boat, keeps it safely tied up in a marina, and goes out on the water either for a casual race, or a daysail with friends. This is the type of sailing this guide will focus on.
There are several different fundamental types of sailboats, most notably, the monohull and the catamaran. A monohull sailboat is what you probably think of when you imagine sailing and as it’s name implies, it only has one hull. A catamaran on the other hand is made with two hulls connected by a flat platform. Each has it’s advantages and disadvantages in certain situations. When a monohull is sailing properly, it leans from the power of the wind, sometimes up to 45 degrees, which can become uncomfortable compared to the steady catamaran which experiences little or no leaning at all. Additionally, because catamarans are much harder to lean, they can be made lighter as opposed to a monohull, which needs to carry extra ballast, or weight, in the bottom of the boat to keep it steady. This added weight makes monohulls ride much deeper in the water compared to catamarans, which can sail much faster due to the reduction in weight.
On the other hand, monohulls are generally safer than catamarans. Because monohulls are designed to lean with the wind, they can be pushed upside-down and still right themselves naturally. Catamarans however, if flipped upside-down by an unanticipated strong gust of wind, are nearly impossible to get upright again.
No matter the type of sailboat the fundamentals of sailing are the same, and are surprisingly simple to learn. While it could take years of experience and lessons to become a competitive racer, it only takes one day out on the water for most people to learn the essentials of sailing and learn to maneuver the boat themselves.
For the most part, being prepared to sail is a simple matter of showing up at the right time to crew on a boat or take a course. With a little forethought though, you can guarantee that your first sailing experience will be an enjoyable one.
A common phrase among sailors is, âBring one more sweater than you think you needâ. If you don’t think you need something warm to wear, bring it anyway. If you know it’s going to be a bit chilly, then bring something extra to layer up or lend to someone not as prepared as you. Especially when sailing on the coast, the wind can quickly change from a warm offshore breeze in the morning to a chilly seabreeze in the afternoon, so don’t just pack for the current conditions. Compound that with the fact that you may get wet along the way, and it’s doubly important to bring an extra layer of clothes.
The type of clothes you should bring will depend on the type of sailing you’ll be doing. If you’re going out on a calm day in a large boat, your chances of getting wet are pretty slim, but if you’ll be sailing a small boat in rough conditions, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be getting wet, so pack accordingly.
A good waterproof jacket is a must when conditions get bad, so bring the best you’ve got. A decent ski jacket will do the trick in a pinch. If you’ve got them, waterproof pants or bibs can also make a huge difference. As for footwear, barefoot is the way to go in warm weather, but if it’s too cold out for that, you could either spring for a pair of sailing shoes, or just bring a pair of tennis shoes if you don’t mind them getting wet.
And of course, always make sure there are enough life jackets on board before taking off. If you learn to love sailing, you’ll want to invest in an automatically inflating lifejacket. These Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) fold up in a thin roll you wear around your shoulders. If you fall overboard, there is a CO2 canister, which deploys automatically and inflates the vest. They are much more comfortable to wear than a full rigid PFD and easier to carry along as well.
Also be sure to have a decent meal in your stomach. Many first time sailors confuse the feeling of hunger in a bobbing boat for seasickness. To top it off, sailing burns a lot of energy. Even if you’re not hauling in lines, the motion of the boat forces you to keep a rigid core, so your abs get a pretty decent workout even when you’re sitting still.
The Parts of the Boat
Starting out on deck, you’ll find yourself in the cockpit. The cockpit is where you’ll be spending most of your time while under sail, since this is where all the steering and ropes for controlling the sails are located. There are seats, a tiller or wheel for steering, and perhaps some instruments for displaying things like boat speed, GPS position, wind speed, and water temperature. Looking up from the cockpit, you’ll see the mast extending skyward. The mast is responsible for carrying the load of the sails, and is held to the boat by wire cables. Because these cables are stationary, they are referred to as the standing rigging, while the halyards and sheets (used to hoist and trim the sails respectively) are known as the running rigging. Now we’ll take a moment to understand directions on a sailboat. Looking forward, you’ll find the bow, or front of the boat, while looking behind (aft) is the stern of the boat. To your left (when looking forward) is the port side, while the right side of the boat is known as the starboard side. These terms may seem confusing, but are actually very useful. It’s really quite easy to get confused when talking about left and right, since both these directions are relative to the speaker. Port and starboard on the other hand remain the same no matter which way you’re facing.
Moving below, you’ll enter through a hatch known as the companionway and find yourself in the cabin. Inside, you’ll find a bunch of familiar names have been replaced with fancy boat names. Instead of a kitchen, is the galley. The toilet is known as the head, and a bed is a berth. Don’t worry too much about all these new words though, everybody will still know what you’re talking about if you use everyday names.
In just about every corner of the boat, you’ll find a whole pile of oddly named parts. Knees, chainplates, swedges, clamcleats, and stanchions just to name a few. Throw all these names out the window and suddenly sailing gets a lot less intimidating. The best practice when you’re learning to sail is simply not to worry about these things; in time you’ll learn them as they become necessary.
Under the water two of the most important parts of the boat lie. The rudder is connected to the steering device and is responsible for controlling the boat. Extending downward from the middle of the boat is the keel, which is basically just a big chunk of lead used to balance the boat and keep it upright.
Because space is so limited, everything serves an important role on a sailboat. When you get out on the water, don’t be afraid to ask questions and soon the confusing vocabulary of sailing will become straightforward.
If you choose to enroll in a proper sailing course, they will take you step by step through the process of getting a boat ready to sail, leaving the dock, using the engine, raising the sails, setting the sails properly, sailing in different directions, and returning to the dock.
Generally, sailing schools will start you out learning on sailing dinghies. These boats are usually only around 8 feet long, yet they function in almost exactly the same way as a full size boat. The advantage to learning on sailing dinghies is that they respond instantly to a change in sail trim, as opposed to a full size sailboat, which will slowly accelerate when sails are set differently. This instant reaction time allows you to better understand the ideal positioning of the sails while sailing in different directions. Another advantage of sailing dinghies is that they can tip over. This may not sound like an advantage, but it’s an incredibly good way to learn a lesson. If you make a wrong move and are tipped into the water as a result, you’re probably going to learn pretty quick not to mess up anymore.
On sailing dinghies, you’ll learn to raise the sails, steer the boat, and adjust the sails properly for maximum speed. All of these essentials are really only different from larger yachts in that they are much easier on a smaller boat. After you graduate from sailing dinghies, schools will usually take you out on consecutively larger and larger boats. As you make your way up, you’ll learn how to leave and reenter the dock, power up and use the auxiliary engine, and reef (reduce the size of) the sails in heavy weather.
If you choose to take courses beyond simply maneuvering the boat, many schools offer offshore navigation courses. These classes will teach you how to read charts, plot your position using GPS, understand navigational markers and buoys, and navigate coastal hazards.
If you’re interested in even more advanced courses, you can learn how to repair and diagnose problems with marine diesel engines, navigate using a sextant, and manage the boat in heavy seas.
Sailing schools will of course have a website, so you can search for schools in your area and enroll in courses online. Your local marina will likely have the best knowledge about sailing schools and instructors in your area. One important thing to remember about learning to sail is that you don’t need any official certificates to take a boat out on the water. You don’t need to enroll in an expensive sailing course in order to sail, you just need to have a boat and the confidence to take it out. That said, if you’re a true novice, there is a lot you can learn from taking a proper course.
If you choose not to enroll in a sailing class, your local marina may be able to help you out. Wherever there are a large amount of sailing boats, there are typically organized races. The captains of racing boats almost always need crew to help out and are willing to take on people with limited or no experience. As crew on a racing boat, you can expect to learn the ropes one job at a time. In the early stages, inexperienced crew may act as nothing more than mobile ballast, shifting from one side of the boat to the other to help even out the weight. This job may also involve hoisting sails, performing various duties on deck, and washing down the boat after the race is finished. It may not sound glamorous, but it is certainly one of the cheapest ways to learn to sail. After crewing a few times, you can expect to take on new roles such as adjusting the trim of the sails and steering. The good thing about learning to sail on a racing boat is that the captain is always striving for the best possible sail setup, so you’ll get plenty of practice adjusting sails and be learning from someone who would be equally qualified running a sailing course.
Having a friend with a boat is of course the most pleasant way to learn. Keep an ear out for friends of friends who own boats and you may be able to coerce them to take you out sometime. Be sure to express your interest in learning to sail, because most boaters are eager to share their knowledge.
Whatever your method, be it paying for sailing courses or catching a ride on someone else’s boat, it won’t take long before you get the hang of things and get the itch to buy your own boat. Despite their reputation, buying a simple boat can actually be quite affordable. You may not end up with a luxury yacht, but there’s a boat out there for nearly every budget if you keep looking. With even a little experience, you can realistically start taking your own boat out safely, and that’s where the real learning starts.
Proper Sailing Etiquette
Even though there aren’t lanes like driving, there are still well defined right-of-way rules when sailing. Luckily, there are only a few of them, and they’re pretty simple:
1. Sailboats always have right-of-way. This doesn’t mean it’s okay to sail in front of a speeding tanker ship, but it does mean motorboats should maneuver around you while you’re sailing. It also means that if you’re motoring in a sailboat, you need to keep out of the way of boats that are actually sailing. Naturally when passing a slow or drifting powerboat, keep clear.
2. Because it is more difficult to sail into the wind, any boat sailing upwind has right-of-way over a boat sailing downwind.
3. If both boats are sailing upwind or both are sailing downwind but in different directions, the boat with the wind coming from it’s starboard side has right-of-way.
4. If two boats are sailing in nearly the same direction but are about to collide, the boat furthest downwind has right-of-way.
5. When sailing in channels, always keep to the right side as you would on the road.
Although the sport of sailing is generally considered safe (you’re much more likely to be injured in a driving accident than a boating accident), it is of course important to follow safety regulations.
1. Always wear a lifejacket in rough conditions. Even if you’re a good swimmer, in a bad accident or fall you might not be conscious when you hit the water. Lifejackets are also brightly colored and can help you be spotted in rough seas.
2. If you need to walk up to the mast in rough weather, always clip yourself in. Most larger boats have high strength nylon straps running down the length of the boat. Use a harness to connect your lifejacket to these lines, and you won’t be able to fall off the boat.
3. If the wind is strong but your confidence is not, don’t be afraid to call off the trip.
4. Always plan out your trip before you leave the dock. Take a look at the wind and decide where you’d like to sail off to.
After taking a sailing course or learning the basics through a friend or on a racing boat, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not sailing is for you. If the bug has bitten, start keeping an eye out for a boat of your own. With the profusion of long lasting fiberglass boats on the market, a good sound practice boat can be bought for next to nothing. Sailing your own boat is the best way to complete your training, since you’ll be forced to learn to do everything yourself.
Once you’ve become confident, a whole new world is opened up to you. In a coastal area, you’ll have access to beaches and islands very few people ever get a chance to see. On lakes and in bays you’ll always have something to do to keep you occupied. With the right boat, it’s entirely feasible to take off with only a year or two of experience and start making extended coastal passages. Suddenly a trip to Mexico or the Caribbean becomes more realistic. So give sailing a shot; you just might find yourself dropping anchor at a beautiful secluded tropical island some day.
Welcome back to our good friend Scott! Being James Bond revisits the Music of James Bond, Part Two! In this podcast we discuss the theme music from ‘Octopussy’ through ‘Spectre’.
Ever since September 11, 2001 many civilians as well as military and government members have found themselves going through more and more unique survival training. This type of training prepares the individual to escape situations that they may find themselves in in urban and non-urban environments. These are called High Threat Protection training or HTPâs. Much of this training involves preparing for situations before they occur if possible. B they were embedded with the military many journalists went through such training in case theyâre separated from their security detail. The difference is they are not armed. As often the case the quality of high stress threat environment training depends on the organization that provides the training as well as the amount of time the individual is allowed.
The scenario Iâll walk you through is a standard HTP scenario, and it will cover single individual as well as a team of two. The important thing to remember is that although this form of training is very involved, the situation that you may find yourself in can be very unpredictable, scary, and fast pace. In high threat environments your enemy knows the area and their capabilities better than you and of course this depends on the region of the world youâre in. As an example, Russia and former Eastern Block countries had security service members that follow individuals on a moment by moment basis, however other countries such as Latin America and the Middle East have organized groups that control certain areas so they already know when foreigners have arrived and what their plans are, as well as who they work for. Letâs start with a Latin American or Middle Eastern situation.
Letâs begin. For this scenario we will say that you were provided a car from the consulate or embassy. Many times this vehicle will be either a large sedan or a pick up truck similar to a Toyota Land Cruiser. These vehicles are seen all over the world and are very common among indigenous people as well as those working in these countries from NGOâs or government agencies. If for some reason you know that there is a high probability that you and your partner could be stopped at either a checkpoint or indiscriminately while traveling through a small town on your way to your extraction point, you have a few options to up-armor your vehicle that could buy you time or save your life during an escape.
Preparing Your Vehicle
Many times you will have what is called body armor issued to you in High Threat Environments. This is similar to a vest jacket that covers your vital organs as well as your spine. The Achillesâ heel to body armor, unless you specifically purchase a specialized protective vest, are the sides which are exposed as the driver his or her hands on the steering wheel. So we need to prepare the vehicle with materials we have around us.
One option if youâre able to find a place to work on your vehicle for at least 30 minutes to an hour is simple. Remove any impeding doorframe cover from the top of your door, at the base of the window. If youâre able to find some form of digging tools such as a shovel dig deep until you find moist soil. Sand will simply pour through the door and not allow much protection as you drive. However, soil has enough dampness to keep the dirt compacted together in the doorframe. Fill and pack both the driver and passenger doors as best as you can while trying to keep the bottom of the door sealed in any way to prevent the loss of the dirt. You are, in simple terms, making a sand bag in the shape of a door.
The Weapons You May Come Against
The most common assault rifle in the world is a Kalashnikov or AK-47 which fires a 7.62 caliber round. This is an accurate and very deadly munition. What you are trying to do is divert or slow the energy of the round as much as possible either away from you, to your side or below you. A 7.62 round will cut through a normal door, on a continuous path or while tumbling through to the passengers door. You need to divert its energy. Vehicle movement also helps, the forward moving vehicle also will deflect the energy of a straight shot. Another very effective form of improvised armor for your vehicle is duct tape phonebooks or any thick bound material. If youâre only able to find clothing lay it flat as though youâre packing it folded in half and then half again on itself and begin to roll it tightly and then bind it in rolls with duct tape. Perform this over and over again until youâre able to create the dimensions large enough to cover the inside of your door panel.
For each separate section tightly roll duct tape as though you were creating separate logs for a raft. Then put each row together and cover all of the rolls tightly with bound duct tape to make one semisolid mat. The better option, is to use phonebooks bound tightly in duct tape. I have seen phonebooks that are properly prepared along a door panel absorb a 9 mm round when shot through the door. The standard AR or automatic rifle fires a 5.56 round. This round can also be stopped if fired through a moving vehicle door, into the packed soil and ending in the duct taped bundle. Of course this depends on the distance from the shot to the door. The windows on both the drivers side and passenger side break instantly on impact, this is a safety measure to allow emergency responders to enter a vehicle that has been in an accident and the passengers need to be removed. The front and rear glass is non shattering glass meant to keep shards of glass from causing grave damage in case of an accident. If for some reason you are shooting from the front seat, the trajectory of the bullet will change significantly due to the curvature of the window.
If someone is directly in front of you with a weapon, letâs say 20 feet away you will need to shoot lower then a direct shot on the target. You are attempting to compensate for the angle of the glass and redirect the round upward. This inevitably will be what is called âeffective fireâ. This means that it is intended to make the individual in front of you move, duck or miss his shot. Trust me when I say that firing accurately form a moving vehicle is very hard without the obstruction of non-shattering glass.
Defeating and Navigating a Minimally Protected Checkpoint
If you were not being pursued and you come upon a checkpoint the best advice is to act as natural as you can muster while you slow the vehicle before the checkpoint stop. If you are in a manual vehicle the driver will shift the vehicle into a lower gear, such as 2nd or 3rd gear approximately 15 feet before the actual stop. Make sure to remain calm and do not display any form of agitation if possible. Just before you come to the check point stop, be it a another vehicle, 50 gallon drums, or an improvised gate push the brakes enough to cause your vehicle to dip down under the weight of the engine. The second you do this gun your engine which will cause the opposite effect of raising the front of the car as high as possible. This momentum will bring the front of The car high enough to engage with the rear of a blocking car causing it to spin as if on an axis far enough to allow you to pass quickly. Do not attempt this with the front of a checkpoint vehicle as the weight of the engine will negate the energy of your vehicle bring you to a stop. The breaking also gives the security at the checkpoint a sense of control as well as comfort that you are complying. This will buy you 2 to 3 seconds before they can react. These 2 to 3 seconds can save your life, but the action of defeating this checkpoint requires calm, preparation and commitment.
Exiting a Downed the Vehicle
This portion of the scenario involves being stuck either in traffic or with a down vehicle that will not get you to your extraction point. Depending on which side of the vehicle you may come in contact with gunfire the driver or the passenger will have to return fire while declaring âcontact right!â or âcontact left!â. We will assume for the scenario that the gunfire is coming from the passenger side. In this situation the passenger will return fire allowing the driver to exit the vehicle and move to the rear of the vehicle. A very important point of returning gunfire while covering your partner while they are moving is to make the spread of gun shots sporadic. This allows an unpredictable stream of fire which will keep your enemy unsure of when to show themselves and return fire. After the driver comes to the rear of the vehicle he or she will begin to engage the enemy, while yelling âready!â for the passenger to know to prepare to move, and then followed with the command âmove!â This gives the passenger the chance to remove any obstacles near them unhook your safety belt or simply slide across the seat while taking cover to exit the vehicle.
Once the passenger has exited the vehicle he or she will move to the front of the vehicle keeping your body concealed as best they can with the tires at their feet. The engine, axel and wheels provide terrific protection from the enemy but the passenger will have to cover the driver using the same commands of âready!â and âmove!â to allow the driver to run, while under cover fire. The driver will take a second to assess the next best protected area to move to, this could be a building or anything that provides cover. The process of Covering and moving will continue until both you and your passenger have found shelter. Bear in mind that this could also mean âacquiringâ another vehicle that could already have passengers in it.
Making It Out Alive
The purpose all of these forms of High Threat Protection and threat environment training simply to give you the tools and understandings to get out of the situation alive. Every situation is different and cannot be thoroughly prepared for, but knowing ways of understanding the situation and preparing for the worst can save your life as well as your partner. Remember, movement is key. Move, move, move! Static positions are great ways to die in the field. Also knowing what you have around you that can aid in an escape is key. Changing your appearance, changing vehicles, changing direction are all keys to survival. The point is to never stop and engage the enemy; your only plan is escape and live to die another day.