Cal Smith


Understanding & Preventing Tragedy in Outdoor Public Areas

A Manhattan mile transformed into a killing field yesterday, when a man rented a pickup truck and carried out his Jihad. “Rent me starting at $19” read the sign on the grotesquely bent truck, a painful testament to the disproportionate economies-of-scale of asymmetric warfare. In the city where law enforcement, intelligence, and anti-terrorism capabilities have been constant since 9/11, bent bicycle frames littered the streets like post-carnival decorations. Eight innocents died before the pickup hit […]


Electronic Weapons of Mass Disruption

In World War II, Nazi Germany unleashed thousands of Wonder Weapon attacks against it’s foes. Technologically-advanced V-1 and V-2 guided missiles caused over 33,000 casualties in England alone. As innovative as these weapons were, however, they lacked the precision targeting capability needed to be of significant tactical value and to avoid collateral (civilian) damage. With limited accuracy (i.e. “probably” hitting London) they became Nazi tools of reprisal and terror. Life in and around London was […]