About Contributing Author Richard Broome

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Inspiration & Mindset from Richard Broome

Early in 2014, I was contacted by Richard with regard to his novel Leaving the Trees.  To be honest, I am contacted by a lot of authors and as we initiate our correspondence, I never quite know where the conversation will take us.

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Serendipity must have been working hard back then, because the conversation continued and evolved into my hosting a number of “think pieces” that were crafted for Backdoor Survival and our prepping community.

Here is some information about Richard.

Richard resides in Bozeman, Montana and teaches at the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

He frequently writes articles on resilience and survival. During his career he has over fifty articles, interviews and major presentations including in the New York Times and Washington Post. His novel, LEAVING THE TREES, was published in July 2013 and is a fictional account of how the cyber threat could destroy the global financial markets and the likely aftermath.  The sequel, GOOD CRAZY, was published in November, 2014.

He joined the U.S. Army at age eighteen with a high school diploma and then spent the next twenty-seven years in military service going from a Private to a full Colonel. By the end of his military service, he had earned his Bachelor’s Degree and two Master’s degrees. The military was followed by almost nineteen years as a businessman, mostly on Wall Street.

He also had the extraordinary good fortune to be asked to serve on the White House staff for two Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush as a member of their National Security Council staff on their crisis management team. During this period he also spent a great deal of time studying and learning about the many threats facing the United States and what measures need to be taken for our survival as a nation if the worst ever occurred.

Retiring from the military, and given the increasing threats facing all of us, he became a management consultant to both the government and commercial businesses, helping them plan for the resilience of their enterprises. He was privileged in November 2012 to deliver to the faculty and students at Montana State University, the David B. Orser Executive Lecture. His topic was: “Managing Risk in the New Operating Reality.”

He is now living in a small community in Montana ,and is a member of the faculty at Montana State University where he teaches leadership.  When he is not writing or teaching, he takes pleasure in all that Montana has to offer with his wife of forty-five years, Pam, and their golden retriever, Molly.

I am so very pleased that Richard will continue to bring his insight and thought-provoking wisdom to both our BDS family and to me personally.

Below you will find think pieces contributed to Backdoor Survival by Richard Broome.

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Are We Headed Toward a Cyber War?

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One of the most insidious end-of-the-world-as-we-know it scenarios is an an invisible attack on our power grid and the communication and information networks that drive our daily lives.  I am not referring to a short term outage, as annoying and as disruptive that can be. What I refer to and even fear, it a true SHTF where we are without power and communications for months or even years.

Many authors have explored this topic along with the corresponding breakdown of society that will occur when factories cease to operate, medical services are unavailable, and banks and stores are permanently closed. 

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Forward Thinking – The Coming Tipping Point

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When I first wrote about the burden of truth and knowledge, I was referring to the weight that we, as preppers, carry on our shoulders as we attempt to make sense of the world around us. Since then, time has marched forward and not much has changed.

There is a sense of uneasiness among the informed masses that take the time to open their eyes and view the truth about our global economy, world hunger, Wall Street corruption, corporate shenanigans and the ever-growing threat of a world wide Armageddon.  The question is still asked: What are we preparing for?

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Stepping Up to Manage the New Reality

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When it comes to prepping, risk assessment is something that tends to get shoved to the back burner as we move in a frenzy to learn new skills and purchase “stuff”.  I know that in 12 Months of Prepping, I stress the importance of evaluating specific and inherent risks, but you know the saying, out of sight is out of mind.

Until something bad happens.

When a disaster other disruptive event occurs, we scramble to catch up by looking at our own lives and our own situation and formulating a plan specific to unique, geographical and familial needs. 

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Define the Prepper Movement With A Call Action

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Back in the day, I was considered somewhat of an activist.  Although normally quiet, unassuming, and nerd-like, I fought for the end of political tyranny, power to the people, and women’s rights in the workplace.  I was a small voice in a big sea of voices, but, to this day, would like to believe I have made a difference.

Now, years later, in my own quiet away, I have proudly labeled myself as both a “Prepper” and a member of the Prepper Movement.  In addition, I have gone so far as to publicly define prepping as a form of personal activism.

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Agenda for Change: The American Prepper Movement

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Last month when I posted Define the Prepper Movement With A Call Action, I did not know what to expect.  One part of me thought, okay, I am going to put this out there and be run out of town for expressing such crazy ideas.  The other part of me dictated that I post the article because I believed in it.  Not posting would be paramount to selling out to what was popular as well as profitable in the prepper blogging community.

Selling out is not in my DNA so I went ahead and shared the think piece by Richard Earl Broome, and much to my delight, it found a thoughtful and passionate audience here at Backdoor Survival. 

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We Prepare for Survival But Is It The Main Thing?

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In the past, I have written about the never ending list of things to do, the frantic pace of organizing preps, and the never ending quest to learn just one more sustainable skill.  Couple all of that with the burden of truth and knowledge that keeps you awake at night, and you have a recipe for frustration, exhaustion, and burn out.

There goes those words again.  Prepper burn out.

The truth is we all have a need for quiet, reflective, time whether we know it or not.  It is during that reflective time that we can think, really think, and focus on what is really important. 

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Tipping Our Hat to the Next Generation of Preppers

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Over the course of the last few months, I have given a lot of thought to the role of our more seasoned citizens as harbingers of the prepper movement.  Since I am very much a baby boomer, I throw myself into that lot.  As far as I am concerned, boomers are smart, funny, active, resourceful, and, for the most part, experts in perseverance.

Many of us are also MSH people, a term coined by my pal George Ure back in the early seventies. What does MSH mean?  Make “stuff” happen!

As easy as it is to praise my own generation, I find it trendy to disparage the younger generation, commonly referred to as Millennials. 

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