Security Intelligence

Casey Brunelle is a security and intelligence consultant with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, specializing in counterterrorism, public safety, and geopolitics. He is a strategic advisor to the International Airport Watch Association, a not-for-profit community policing and crime prevention program enhancing aviation security around airports.

Articles by this writer

July 2021  |  Opinion

Even though Israeli border police and transportation officials strongly discourage travel to the West Bank, travelling in an around the area was an incredible cultural adventure.

July 2020  |  Magazine

Since its 1979 revolution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has garnered a reputation among global powers as the model of a so-called “rogue nation” or a “pariah state.” Orchestrating a range of covert actions in the Middle East, from propping up Shia militia groups in Iraq and funding Hezbollah to allegedly bombing foreign oil assets in the Persian Gulf and clandestinely developing a nuclear capability, the ayatollahs have committed themselves to a campaign frequently labelled as bombastic and illogical, serving only to push Iran further away from international acceptance. This paper argues that such strategic and operational measures are driven neither by political shortsightedness nor revolutionary fanaticism, but rather are a calculated policy that seeks to reassert Iran as a regional powerbroker capable of unilaterally determining events in this volatile crossroads of the world, just like its Persian forebearers of classical antiquity. Through a historical evaluation of the foreign policy objectives of the three major pre-Islamic iterations of Iranian dominance – the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid empires – this essay concludes that many of the historical precedents of these ancient states mirror that of the modern Islamic Republic, and that the same lessons of their respective formations and demises can be accurately applied to the “Iran Question” today.

June 2019  |  Magazine

Organized crime and terrorism are innovation-led enterprises that often require passage through airport security. Authorities are in a constant race to stay ahead while streamlining the security process for citizens.

June 2019  |  Magazine

Performing more than 20,000 patient-related transports every year, Ornge Air Ambulance serves 13.5 million Ontario residents across more than one million square kilometres.

September 2018  |  Magazine

FrontLine looks at the effectiveness of simulation and virtual reality training for officers.

May 2018  |  Magazine

Effective police training solutions rely on replicating the tactical challenges of response and the importance of informed decision-making strategies. Innovative simulation technologies provide the most advanced training possible.

August 2017  |  Magazine

Fundamental advice for the debate on responses to an active shooter situation.

August 2017  |  Magazine

A flood of truth complexes intended to shape hearts and minds of voters is overpowering the value of balanced information and empowering a trend towards the Positive Feedback loop and unilateral policy-making. 

May 2017  |  Magazine

A look at the dangers posed by reckless security policy and the evident lack of contextual understanding by top policymakers.

September 2016  |  Opinion

From all facets across the political spectrum, Donald Trump has been described as both the best and worst thing to happen to U.S. politics.

May 2016  |  Opinion

To state that tensions between Russia and NATO have risen markedly in the last several years does little to improve understanding and insight of political realities.

November 2015  |  Opinion

The recent Paris attacks reminds the world once again of the very real and evolving threat of militant extremism both at home and abroad.

July 2015  |  Magazine

There is an urgent need for new solutions to improve the safety and security of humanitarian healthcare workers deployed in the field.

March 2015  |  Magazine

The contentious RCMP purchase and allocation of modern assault weapons continues into 2015. In a 2011 memorandum to RCMP members, then Commissioner William Elliott wrote of “gaps in our operational firearms capabilities.” Yet four and a half years later, the carbines are difficult to find among RCMP patrolling officers qualified to operate them.

March 2015  |  Magazine

A look at the Minsk Protocol (Minsk I) to stop fighting in Donbass, the implementation of the internationally-brokered Minsk II package (February 2015), and efforts of the Security Council.

July 2014  |  Magazine

With experience in a wide range of operational environments, from Afghanistan and Iraq to post-Hurricane Katrina disaster response, the National Guard has proven instrumental in achieving objectives set both by state and federal authorities.