In “Rental Vehicles and Secure Transportation; Best practices for Less-Than Perfect Solution” (Vehicle Dynamics Institute, Nov 25, 2014), Joseph Autera, a well-known and respected leader in the Executive Protection (EP)/security driver industry, describes a scenario in which an EP/security driver finds himself behind the wheel of a rented automobile for an assignment. While the article mentions such things as vehicle type and mechanical condition, it misses a crucial point—Liability. Professional security service firms are creating situations where drivers are exposed to risk because the firms’ practices are at odds with current laws and insurance policies.Read More
Anyone can become a victim of an ambush, be it a robbery, carjacking, or straight up assault. If we work in or travel through hostile environments (war zones, insurgent areas, high crime neighborhoods) we need to utilize some specific skills to prevent or survive an ambush. In the protective operations world, these are sometimes referred to as Protective Intelligence (PI) skills while in other security disciplines they are known as situational and tactical awareness skills.Read More
In our book “Just 2 Seconds”, chapter five deals with the essential lesson of SEE: “In every environment, identify and assess the best suspects. They are always there.” We describe nine adversary behaviors that we commonly catch. In this case, the gate crasher exhibits three behavioral categoriesRead More
The article, “Mark Zuckerberg’s SF security detail under siege,” from the San Francisco Chronicle (click here to read it) was widely circulated throughout Social Media. The article elicited lots of response from the close protection community.
ISDA member Mike Spearman’s shares his thoughtsRead More
The attack on U.S. ICE agents Jaime J. Zapata and Victor Avila is a sad story with several “lessons learned” all protectors should considerRead More
Route Planning and Analysis Developing a Vehicle Ambush Counter Measures Program by Steve Powers An ISDA Note – This article was written by ISDA…Read More