"Dr. Stephen Bryen is a Renaissance man in matters of strategy and military technology. In this new book he again shows his deep knowledge of the issues, exhaustive knowledge of sources and sensitivity to the human factor in tactical situations. It is a must-read for anyone concerned with countering terror against holy places."
--David P. Goldman, Wax Family Fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and a member of the Board of Advisers of Sino-Israel Government Network and Academic Leadership
"Security for Holy Places is the book I have been looking for over two years. The book is impressive with its level of depth and background and gives excellent advice on how to proceed to make one's congregation a safer place. It is well organized and most helpful. I recommend that every leader of holy congregations read this book, take it to heart, and put it into practice."
--M.A. Golden, Security Consultant
This book by Stephen Bryen is a great book to read and a very useful guide for clergy and security experts or even lay persons who are concerned about security in holy places and areas of worship. Violent attacks and intrusions against holy places have increased and are growing. Stephen’s style of writing is very clear and easy to follow up. I have recommended the book to many of the local religious establishments here in London and I certainly recommend it strongly to all those concerned about improving security arrangements in these establishments.
--Dr Goran Talabani, Former Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK
Steve Bryen is one of our nation’s most respected national security experts. Now he turns his sights to a problem close to home, the security of churches, synagogues, and mosques. After so many mass shootings, protecting our holy places has become increasingly frustrating for community leaders, who have been taught by the FBI to be passive recipients of potential threat information, and then to follow their model of “Run, Hide, Fight.”
Dr. Bryen examines a broad array of mass shootings and draws sober conclusions that stray from the hand-wringing and political correctness you hear so often on TV. Gun laws “do not really do much to protect citizens from gun violence,” he notes. And relying on local law enforcement to provide early warning of individual threats is a mistake, since many active shooters have never been on the radar of law enforcement.
Instead, he proposes a new operational model for dealing with potential and actual threats that focuses on hardening physical security, training security personnel to intercept and isolate an active shooter, while protecting as many people as possible from harm.
In the dozens of examples he explores in this timely book, Dr. Bryen shows how his new security model can save lives—and prevent many attacks from happening in the first place.
--Kenneth R. Timmerman, Security Journalist & Author
Given the increasing numbers of armed attacks on US religious groups it is imperative for religious leaders to develop plans to meet these threats.
Dr. Bryen’s book, Security for Holy Places is replete with examples of actual security breeches and how his recommended security planning solutions could have stopped or mitigated loss of life.
Congregation leaders who have yet to act must now “plan the plan” and implement their plan with the minimum essential resources necessary to protect their members.
Dr. Bryen has been engaged in a lifetime of national and international physical and technological security policy planning to inform this timely security contribution. I encourage congregation leaders and members to read this book, then create and implement their unique plan today.
--Howard Ady, Defense Corporate Executive and Episcopalian