The following is a collection of White Papers we have curated over the last few months – we will be adding more. password required Lesser…Read More
The State Department has long recognized that their personnel and their families are particularly vulnerable when traveling outside the workplace or residences. This is an October 2016 White Paper entitled – Diplomatic Security – State Should Enhance Its Management of Transportation-Related Risks to Overseas U.S. Personnel.Read More
When vehicle violence occurs, the Security Driver needs to have all three side of the ”Security Driver Triangle” working for them. However, there have been scenarios where two sides of the triangle (The Driver and the Vehicle) overcame weakness in the third side (The Environment), none better than the 1995 motorcade attack on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.Read More
One of the most asked questions in Social Media and from the ISDA Network is – “What training program should I attend?” When selecting a…Read More
As you may have noticed, we have been posting Executive Protection and Secure Transportation flash briefings via Social Media. In short, it is a podcast.
We created the Executive Protection. and Secure Transportation news brief podcast on April 1st. The goal is to create a new marketing platform that allows our members to take advantage of the growing number of people that use podcasts as a source of news and educational material.
A little more than a month into the briefings, the metrics are encouraging. Over 2,700 listeners have downloaded the Podcasts from 57 countries, and the numbers are increasing exponentially.Read More
ISDA has created the Member Spotlight Program. We will be posting an ISDA member every week or twice a month, depending on member participation. The Spotlight is created from your profile as it appears in the membership directory.Read More
The goal of the Member Directory is to get your information out to the ISDA Network. Whether it be about your company, you, your history, what services you offer, or training you offer. Keep in mind that ISDA is relatively new, but our Network is 40 plus years in the making, we have been communicating with that network, via the newsletter for approximately 30 years. Long before there was Social Media (Decades Before), there was a Scotti School Newsletter. We suggest you fill out your bio for the member directory.Read More
This report is an old (2000) and lengthy report from the General Accounting Office (GAO). To get the answer to the question, the GAO asked twenty-seven agencies eight questions. Although the response from the agencies is dated, most of the findings are still valid.Read More
One of the advantages of age – and so far the only advantage I have found – is that I have been a witness to some of the events that changed the way the industry works and trains. These were “game-changing incidents”–vehicle attacks that rewrote the rules for close protection and security driving.Read More
For decades our mantra has been, “When Stuff Happens, You Can’t Be Average.” This is the first in a series of articles that will cover that moment in time “When Stuff Happens.”Read More
When a vehicle is approaching its limit of adhesion, a driver has two conflicting signals. The first signal is the steering wheel getting light, which means that it requires less effort to increase steering input (turn the steering wheel). The reason for this is that the adhesion the tire makes with the road is getting increasingly smaller – quickly.
The second signal is the vehicle load the driver feels at the back of the seat (their butt), which at the limit of adhesion is high.Read More
The Survey The ISDA Executive Vehicle and Secure Transportation Surveys have indicated that, from year to year, the use of armored vehicles in the private…Read More
The 2017 Executive Vehicle and Secure Transportation Survey and Report will be available by the end of this week to ISDA Members and survey participants…Read More
Since the mid-sixties, Carlos Marighella’s book “The Mini-Manual of The Urban Guerrilla” has been a must-read for terrorist groups throughout the world. The manual is the platform for Al Qaeda’s and Bin Laden’s training manuals.Read More
In light of the recent publishing of Inspire Magazine Issue 17 which calls on its followers to target trains in the US and Europe. We(ISDA)…Read More
Using 80% or above of the vehicle’s capability would more than likely only happen during an emergency (accident or ambush). But what percentage of the vehicle does a Security Driver use while maneuvering through the day to day mundane chore of moving the boss from Point A to Point B, such as driving up to an intersection and slowing down – stopping at a red light – driving on an off ramp or around a corner?
To answer that question, ISDA conducted an experiment.Read More
The Kill Zone is a phrase often associated with high-risk driving, but it can describe any scenario that creates an emergency for the driver. The scenario…Read More
This book will give you simple and practical ways to adopt the mindset and attitudes of a warrior so that you can achieve success in your life.Read More
What does a lot of knowledge look like? How about two, two-inch-thick books?
A while back Joe and I decide to put all our articles, posts, white papers, and research not yet published, together in one document.
The goal of collecting the information was to determine if we had enough material for a book. When the information was collected, the results were two, two -inch-thick books. So I guess the answer is yes. The attached is a picture of one of the books, the table of contents is three pages long for each book.Read More
The book was written by Tony Scotti and is more than 30 years old. The 220-page book was intended for executives and the general public…Read More
A book from International Security Driver Association Member – Steve Collins As the newspapers and television constantly remind us, violent crime is on the increase,…Read More
Last year, in an attempt to get a better understanding of the Skills Gap that exists in the Executive Protection/Secure Transportation profession, ISDA researched the…Read More
Recently, some comments posted in the Social Media post/blogs got my attention. The comments were about females in the industry. Contrary to popular belief, women…Read More
The ISDA 2015 and preliminary data from the 2017 Executive/Security Vehicle Survey indicate a dramatic increase in the use of SUVs for Executive Transportation. The…Read More
Changes in the weather conditions can challenge the most experienced Security Driver. These are some tips taken from my book Professional Driving Techniques.Read More
Porsche feels that chauffeur driven executives are the Executive Panamera market, and they believe that market is in the US and China, they may be correct, but it all depends on Porsche’s definition of “a market.” Our (ISDA) experience and our surveys indicate that it will be a hard sell.Read More
If a provider supplies “Secure Transportation” They Must Be In Compliance With The IRS Code That defines Secure Transportation. There are many secure transportation providers that use those two words as a marketing tool, BUT if a supplier does not comply with the IRS code, they expose their client to financial risk.Read More
Security Driving is a decision-making process that requires the driver to manage time and distance, and anything that slows that process down can and often does become an emergency. Whether driving the boss to work, in a low-risk environment or driving an armored vehicle in a high-risk environment, understanding the basic principles of managing time and distance is life-saving knowledge.
Our frame of reference for measuring time and distance is the speedometer which supplies information in units of kilometers and hours – KPH. The driver does not have an hour or a kilometer to make life-saving decisions; in a vehicle emergency, Kilometer Per Hour is an irrelevant unit of measurement.Read More
Although your U.S. driver’s license lets you drive in many foreign countries, the translations in the IDP are intended to minimize language barriers when you drive in countries where English is not widely spoken or understood.Read More
According to the U.S. State Department, motor-vehicle crashes – not terrorism or crime – are the No. 1 cause of death of Americans traveling abroad. Driving in environments similar to the Middle East can lead to serious issues. A duty of care requires some simple precautions.Read More
This is a comment we hear often when we (ISDA) are asked about our certification. Our answer is simple – No offense, but the ISDA…Read More
In reference to the Ohio State attack – This is an article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine,” that appeared in the Jihadist Magazine Inspire. The article…Read More
These pictures are taken from the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire, Issue 16. This issue of the magazine offers lessons on building a pressure cooker bomb and where, when and how to detonate the bomb for maximum effectiveness. The picture outlines the four steps in building a successful pressure cooker bomb.Read More
From 1979 – I’m sure most of the people reading this do not remember the Volvo 242 GT, it was a hell of a performance…Read More
It may not have a high educational value but it is great entertainment. It’s been 15 years since BMW made its first foray into Hollywood…Read More
A Skills Gap is defined as the difference between what the market wants and what is available for skill. This is a common problem in all industries. In an attempt to get a better understanding of the Skills Gap that exists in the Executive Protection/Secure Transportation profession, ISDA researched the job market. Our goal was to determine the skills, education and training, and experience that are the most sought after by the Executive Protection job market.Read More
The recent video of a Secret Service Agent driving the Presidential Limo in reverse around Lime Rock Race Track took the social media by storm. According to some reports the video received 40 Million views. The majority of those viewing the video were under the impression that the video was real, but actually, it was an excellent animation. Truth be told, the first time I looked at it, I thought it was real.
The video did create many questions concerning the skills needed to drive in reverse.
So for those working in the Secure Transportation profession; some thoughts on backing up.
Here are some quick points on backing up when the objective is to escape the Kill ZoneRead More
An old book from an old friend – Since its release in 1994, Killing Zone: A Professional’s Guide to Preparing and Preventing Ambushes has been hailed by…Read More
This is an excerpt Transportation Security White Paper I wrote in 1979. The paper was written for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and…Read More
Raffaele Di Giorgio’s book is about protecting our protectors. The men and women, and the agencies they work for, who go out every day and risk…Read More
First and foremost – WHAT IS NOT SECURITY DRIVING – a security driver IS NOT a person who attended an EP Training program and has…Read More
The Friction Circle is a graphic and straightforward method of measuring a driver’s level of competence in any vehicle in any scenario. Via an APP or…Read More
The Police Ambush Fact Sheet A report produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police – US Department of Justice community Oriented Policing Services –…Read More
The article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine”, called for jihadists to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but to mow down the enemies of Allah. “The ideal location is a place where there are a maximum number of pedestrians and the least number of vehicles.”Read More
If an individual has an average occupation, my guess would be they can survive having average skills. But as a member of the protection profession, you…Read More
The following is an excerpt from the results of 2015 ISDA Security Vehicle/Secure Transportation Survey. One of the questions asked in the survey was –…Read More
Finally, a book for both public and private sector protection professionals who are required to manage protective operations with a minimum of headcount and budget, in an increasingly complex and demanding environment.
As the title suggests, this book is about the lessons learned through several thousand years of trial-and-error, creating and adopting best-practices, striving to provide protection for persons of public interest and others at risk.
Inside the Bubble is a new book authored by ISDA Member Mark James. Mark came to the Protective Services Profession via the corporate community. He is a former corporate executive and performance consultant to Fortune 500 companies and now executive director of a full service protection agency, Panther Protection.
Although Mark is emphatic that his book is not about “Protective Services”, and we agree, it is a book that should be read by all security practitioners.Read More
Are you training for a career or a job?
It seems that one of the most asked questions on social media is – What EP/CP training program should I attend? Those that ask that question need to ask one of themselves – What are my goals? Are you looking for a career or are you satisfied with a job? What is it that I want from the training program and what will be my training ROI? It must be noted that many of the high-level EP Practitioners have never attended an EP Training program.Read More
If you are relatively new, or have been in the profession for some time; whether you are a sole practitioner looking for the next job; a security provider looking for the next customer or client; or a trainer looking for the next student…
YOU OR YOUR COMPANY ARE A BUSINESS!Read More
If you enjoy reading and are involved in the profession, ISDA Member Tom Taylor supplies you with a great reading and learning experience. Tom as authored a series of novels based on the EP profession. Tom takes the day to day tasks of a protection team and turns them into a page turning work of fiction. All of Tom’s novels are executive protection handbooks, masquerading as novels. We (ISDA) are a bit prejudice, but in our minds Tom’s novels are better than many EP books.
EP Novels By Tom TaylorRead More
Coming up is the 102nd running of the Indy 500, so I thought I would do a simple analysis of the track; hopefully it will…Read More
Rodolfo Torre Cantu was a physician and politician running for governor of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas. While driving in a non-armored, two-vehicle scenario, he was ambushed and assassinated.Read More
This article was originally posted in the November 2015 ISDA Member Newsletter. Considering a recent Fox News broadcast entitled – “Al Qaeda magazine calls for…Read More
One of the first “vehicle assassinations” was that of Tsar Alexander II in Russia. He was one of the first victims of an assassination in…Read More
Just got this news article from Frank Gallagher, it is something that Frank, Joe Autera and I have been talking about for a long time. State…Read More
ISDA member Deni Athena was recently interviewed by the BBC. Deni is indicative of the ISDA membership, and we are proud to have Deni as…Read More
An attack on the principal is a time, distance relationship. Moving the principal, driving or walking is managing time and distance. If there is an attack…Read More
Two topics of discussions that dominate social media, both in the U.S. and abroad are certification and the state of training in the protection industry. In reality, the two subjects cannot be separated. IMHO – The job market wants, and will support, a certification that meets standards set by respected industry and government organizations. Those who supply job opportunities welcome a certification that withstands the scrutiny of the corporate, legal, and insurance community. Nonetheless, there are still global job markets in the protection business where certification, insurance risk, and liability are not major concerns.Read More
A consumer report article begins with the sentence, “In a striking example of the law of unintended consequences, a popular automotive convenience feature, push-button start,…Read More
The following are the results of a survey sent in 2015 to ISDA Members, and Secure Transportation practitioners. The survey was also posted in selected Social Media Groups. A similar survey was conducted in 2013, and when applicable, a comparison will be made to the 2013 survey.Read More
Mikes’s experience in the profession dates back to the late 80’s early 90’s. At that time a group of like minded professionals got together and formed the Tactical Response Association (TRA). The association was made up of active police – military – government – corporate and private security practitioners. Mike came on board to manage the Association and within a few years, in the era of no emails – no social media, he grew TRA to about 800 members.Read More
In August 2015, Mark graduated from the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, and recently Mark was notified that he was selected for the Command Sergeants…Read More
An article that appeared in the December issue of Tactics and Preparedness. The title is “High Performance Driving” but is more about defining and scientifically measuring driving skills. The contents of the article will be familiar to ISDA Certificate Holders and VDI graduates.Read More
This part two of a post that originated on LinkedIn in October of 2015. The title of the post was “Does Security Driving have anything…Read More
On August 21st the International Security Driver Association (ISDA) conducted the first in a series of Constant Learning Programs for the protective services community. ISDA…Read More
The International Security Driver Association (ISDA) is often asked if we certify instructors, the answer is NO, we certify Security Drivers. There is an instructor certification…Read More
On Feb. 6, 2001, Gus Boulis left his offices on Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale about 9:30 p.m. and headed down Miami Road, a shortcut to Federal Highway on his way home to Hollywood.
As he was driving down Miami Road a car stopped in front of him, blocking his way. A vehicle coming from the other direction pulled up next to Boulis. A passenger sitting in the back seat fired on him with a semi-automatic weapon.Read More
The book was written by Tony Scotti and is more than 30 years old. The 220-page book was intended for executives and the general public…Read More
The book is based on Patrick’s training as a Marine. The title of the book, Left of Bang, comes from the Marines Combat Hunter Course….Read More
There are those who believe that if they have training and/or experience, their education is complete. But in a time when there are ever more…Read More
The ISDA SUV of The Year is the Chevy Suburban LTZ (and its GMC twin, the Yukon XL). The major characteristic that separates the Chevy…Read More
Many security drivers drive in the morning sunrise and the evening sunset. Blinding glare from a low sun or bright light reflecting off snow, puddles,…Read More
The polar plunge that has chilled much of the nation does more than bring out ice scrapers and antifreeze. It can trigger a vehicle’s tire-pressure-monitoring system overnight, sending nervous drivers to dealers and service centers.
For example, about 20 customers visited a Chevrolet dealership because their tire-pressure-warning icons were illuminated. Here’s why a cold snap affects tire pressure and sets off the tire-pressure-monitoring system (TPMS) warning lamp.Read More
There is confusion about exactly what constitutes an autonomous vehicle. The government has eliminated the confusion by separating vehicles’ levels of driver control. There are…Read More
Chairwoman of Colombia Sportswear, Gert Boyle, was held briefly at gunpoint as a man tried to burglarize her home. The investigation of the robbery of Boyle has revealed she was the target of a kidnapping plot.Read More
The charts show significant kidnappings by the job/role of hostages taken in 2014. It covers incidents tracked in the ICD Hostage Component for 2014 as…Read More
One of the features of Security Driver Magazine (SDM) and the ISDA Resource Center is a section titled “Lesser Known Incidents” There are many unknown…Read More
One of the features of Security Driver Magazine (SDM) and the ISDA Resource Center is a section titled “Lesser Known Incidents” – There are many…Read More
The Marketing Power of ISDA. We recently posted an announcement of ISDA member Frank Gallagher’s book on the ISDA website. In less than two days it…Read More
We have read the book, as we have with all of Tom’s books”, and they just keep on getting better. For those who are not…Read More
The debate of Certification vs. Certificate continues to fill the Social Media. It is ISDA’s opinion many of the training organizations misuse the word certification….Read More
An overview of Frank Gallagher’s book, “The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World”, co – authored with John M. Del Vecchio.Read More
Security Driver Magazine (SDM) is the Quarterly publication of the International Security Driver Association (ISDA). The Journal is free to all ISDA members. Click here…Read More
Introduction The purpose of an armored vehicle is to absorb the initial burst of fire and maintain the capability to drive out of the ambush,…Read More
Backing up fast is hard and if not done correctly, dangerous. But with that said it is by far one of the most valuable driving…Read More
ISDA’s philosophy is that driving is a science. This is a series of videos that explain the basics of vehicle dynamics and driving – although meant for the racing community the videos apply to anyone with an interest in driving.Read More
This is a collection of vehicle attacks that have occurred in about a 7 to 10 day time frame, and this is not all of…Read More
One of the bodyguards of the Venezuelan president was shot to death while driving along a Caracas highway on Sunday May 4 2015Read More
De Gaulle Attempt. A little know vehicle attackRead More
German diplomats survive a vehicle ambush in Saudi.Read More
Make sure you are going at the same speed as the traffic you are merging with before you hit the point at which the ramp…Read More
The first thing we need to know is that brakes don’t stop cars. Brakes stop wheels from rolling. The friction of the tires against the…Read More
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration driver distractions are the leading cause of most vehicle crashes and near-crashes. A study released by the National…Read More
Armored car sales are booming throughout the Middle East (pun intended) – folks still insist on calling armored vehicles – “bulletproof”. My opinion creates a…Read More
1. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA),drivers who commit road rage are between the ages of 18 to 26 males, poorly educated, with criminal…Read More
There are three ways to reverse direction – U-turns – Two-point turns – Three-point turns. This article discusses the various ways to conduct those turns.Read More
Security Driver Magazine (SDM) is the ISDA Journal for the Secure Transportation Professional. SDM is a Quarterly publication that addresses the issues that affect membership….Read More
A while back we conducted a Vehicle Dynamics Training Program for a Law Enforcement Agency in Massachusetts. One of the training vehicles was a Ford…Read More
A roadside bomb was used in the attempted assassination of the Syrian Prime minister. News reports are saying that there are multiple fatalities. An excerpt…Read More