This week is an exercise in Anti-Tradecraft (we are calling it ATKRAFT). There are multiple teams of folks from all over the US performing various tasks. Our team has formed the ATKRAFT Group. We are the disrupters. The Red Teamers (if you will). The problem creators and the problem solvers.

Some actions will be overt (client facing/physical penetration/business environment). Some actions will be covert (planning/digital penetration/physical penetration/urban movement). It’s going to be a blast. Best part…it’s all in fun for the sake of growth, development, learning, and sharing.

Day 1 has already had its fair share of ‘situations’ that required adapting to. That’s what it’s all about. Adapt and Overcome. A ‘systems crash’ has limited our credit card usage. Tricky, tricky. A little social engineering and a nice smile go a long way. Situation averted.

Finally calling it a day 0100. Dinner tonight. No rest for the wicked. No nutritional value for the wicked either.

For ATKRAFT actions I created a logo. It’s basically a hand drawn, simplified, wire frame of The Moat Group logo. But it has a double meaning. The triangles represent attack (or penetration). The circle represents The Core (target/principle/objective). Notice the attacks (triangles) come from without and from within the circle. That’s the goal. You never know when. You never know how. From within or from without. ATKRAFT. (This image is a rough rendering I made on the plane. I’ll post a high res later on)

Boots On The Ground

Waiting to meet up with some other teammates. This is bound to be a fun week.

“The trick is to be the guy they never expected.”
— While everyone is pointing attention to the burly dude with tats, beard, ball cap, and sunglasses….the small, unsuspecting, friendly, teammate you didn’t expect….has just killed you.

The Moat Office (Work Space Theory Applied)


I was having a conversation over dinner and whiskey with good friends about the physical ‘work space’.  Much like the theory of keeping your weapon in your ‘work space’ so you can 1) keep situation awareness down range 2) conduct a task on the weapon.  This is how we approach the physical ‘work space’…a place in which business is conducted.

It’s a place to go and conduct a task.  It’s also a place to go that helps keep things in perspective (keep situational awareness down range).  It should be a place that promotes these actions.  A place that touches you on a different level intellectually, perhaps in the decor (having past achievements on display, favorite brands on display, touching moments, etc), perhaps in the trainings space (open room to spread out and get off the chair).  Sometimes these are referred too as ‘Man Caves’.  I don’t buy into that because a man cave (in my mind) is where I go to veg out, relax, unwind.  My work space/office is a place I go to get work done.  To prep.  To reflect.  To be top of mind.  To be productive.

If you find yourself struggling to conduct business, reflect, get ideas, and get actual work conducted, consider changing up your work space.  Just like when operating a weapon, taking your eyes off target to reload…you could quite possibly just lose the target in the process….

Letters From Readers

We get a ton of emails on a daily basis.  Some are simple gear questions, some are situational questions, and some are stories on how Moat has had an impact on their lives.

Although we do not/cannot respond to all emails, we do our best to read them overtime and apply them to how we continue to conduct ourselves.

We are not perfect.  We makes a ton of mistakes.  But we try to learn from them.  Nor are we special.  Just ordinary dudes trying to do extraordinary things.  To help others.  99% of the time it is a quest that provides little to no TRUE feedback.  The other 1% we get these letters.  Letters from readers national and international.  Telling us how we’ve impacted their lives. 

There is no greater reward.  Thank you to all of you readers out there.  And a special Thank You to those that share your stories with us.  You all have a frame hanging in The Moat Offices with your story in it…a daily reminder as to the importance of continuing to grow, share, and learn…together.

Vehicle Works - Parking Garages


I hate parking garages.  One, as a large truck owner they are tricky to maneuver in and out of quickly (that goes for most vehicles, but larger ones especially).  Two, they provide an unbelievable false sense of security.

I try to avoid them as much as possible and I have instructed others to do the same with the following 3 main examples/reasons:

Limited Entrance and Exit.  Most garages have a gate or arm that must rise in order to enter or exit.  This really does nothing to stop someone from walking into the garage that has no business being there.  It is more for controlling traffic and/or payment.  If you are in a hurry to escape a threat, you have basically boxed yourself in, short of exiting your vehicle and jumping from the garage (most likely your best option).

The bottom levels tend to have high fences or gating to stop people from walking through the garage’s open areas.  Again, traffic control.  If you are on the bottom floor trying to escape, your best options are to head for the 1 or 2 vehicle exits, or work your way up to another level without covers on the openings.

Most doors leading to and from the garage are one way doors.  Like maintenance doors or employee only doors.  They are great for getting from a building into the garage, but not from the garage into an attached building.image

-  Limited movement.  As mentioned before, movement in and out of a vehicle can be tricky.  Tight angles, heavy concrete barriers, traffic, and even vehicle ability all come in to play when trying to quickly evade in a parking garage.  It’s not like the movies where wide rows and large ceilings allow for vehicle aerobatics at fast speeds.  In a parking garage, speed and aerobatics will just get you stuck even quicker.

Even on foot, movement is limited.  As mentioned above, viable exits are limited but so is space to evade.  Simply running around a pillar or vehicle does you little to no good when being chased.  You are still CONTAINED within the garage.  Even if you find a stairwell, again, you are contained and limited.

Precautions countermeasures also present equal gaps in security.  Let’s say you park near an exit.  You are still blocked to the front or rear, maybe even the sides.  There is rarely a case in a parking garage you aren’t blocked on 3 sides.  All it takes is for an aggressor or attacker is to block your single open side…now what?image

(look at this above pic.  Door is a one way out into the garage.  The fence barrier on the second floor slows movement.  This small nook is open but goes nowhere.  You are ultimately trapped.)

-Visibility.  Visibility from the mirrors of your car but also when walking.  We can all agree mirrors on a vehicle don’t give you perfect 360 degree awareness outside…well now you’re in a large concrete maze.  Mirrors really don’t do much anymore.  Still helpful and can allow you to see a threat coming, but that still means you are in your vehicle.  Depending on how fast the threat is moving to you, there isn’t much time or space to move or react.

Most garages do have lighting, but again, it’s designed around moving traffic and assisting vehicle movement.  Not security.  Next time you are in or near a parking garage notice how many dark corners there are.  That’s because the garages are designed to help assist drivers…not walkers.  Vehicles can’t get into those dark tight corners.  So they aren’t lit.  Garages are also limited in space to place optimal lighting.  The other part of lighting is in the day time.  Some garages will allow the open spaces to let the natural sunlight bleed in.  This does light the overall area up, however it is still quite dark.  Do you have to take your sunglasses off when you enter a garage?  Because you can’t see well.  Even mid day. 

I am sure there are exceptions out there with very well lit garages.  Good.  That’s one of many things you won’t have to worry as much about.image

(look at the above pic.  Taken in broad daylight.  Notice how dark the environment still is.)

There is a bunch more that we can discuss on Parking Garages.  In fact, we are working on a defensive mindset seminar with a women’s group specifically on Parking Garages later in the year.  Actually working in and around garages to show how challenging of an environment it can be defensively.

I hope these 3 topics are enough to get you thinking about your plan should you encounter a parking garage. 

“Experience talks. And we all want extensive experience. But you have to start somewhere. Be yourself. Whether you are who you want to be or whether you are striving to do better. Accept you have to start at the bottom. Build. Fight. Ignore the stone throwers. Don’t give them ammo. Just keep growing until your shadow over them blocks their aim.”
— The Moat Group
“Help others. Not for fame, fortune, or glory. But for the mark you leave on their lives.”
— If your intentions are truly pure, do this first, and success will find you.