60% of ‘Mishaps’ Involving U.S. Armored Vehicles Overseas Were Preventable

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 Dept.: 60% of ‘Mishaps’ Involving U.S. Armored Vehicles Overseas Were Preventable

My Thoughts

This is not only a problem for the State Department overseas, it is a problem for the security community in the US.

More companies are using Armored Vehicles in the US. The 2015 ISDA Secure Transportation Survey, indicated that  22.9% of the respondents are using armored vehicles, also the number of students attending the VDI Armored Vehicle course has increased dramatically. As the report mentions the problem is the drivers. We (ISDA and VDI) have authored many white papers on this and similar subjects for our members and clients.

Here is the bottom line – attending an Executive Protection training program and having a driver’s license does not make an individual  a security driver. You wouldn’t allow the security professional to carry a gun without first objectively measuring their ability to use it: so why would you let a person drive the principal if you don’t objectively measure their ability to drive?

I’ll talk more about this in future posts. Love to hear what you all have to say about this.

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