First of all Die Hard is a Christmas movie…. With that out of the way lets talk about something called “Nakatomi Space”

In Geoff Manaugh’s book “A Burglar’s Guide to the City” he describes the concept of Nakatomi space. The Idea is that the Character John McClane is unable to use traditional methods of navigating the Nakatomi tower and is forced to move through spaces not Ignore designed for human occupation.

This brings about an important concept in red team thinking. If it can happen it will happen. The direct real-world example of this is Eyal Weizman’s description of the 2002 Israeli battle of Nablus where IDF soldiers “walked through walls” in order to avoid traps laid by the Palestinian resistance who assumed that the IDF would use the door, like a normal person.

This same concept can be seen in the classic Art of war where Sun Tzu tells us to be like water

” ..Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning may be called a heaven-born captain.”

So what?

The takeaway here is to not confine your thinking to social norms. If it’s normal to go through a door, but the door is booby-trapped, go through the wall.

Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish.” – Marcus Aurelius



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