Counterterrorism Strategies for Corporations
The Ackerman Principles
Publication Date: September 23, 2008
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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.
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.
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.
"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