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Why to learn Counter Terror tactics in an Executive Protection course?

Tomer Israeli - Head of school

Your VIP is going to a red carpet event in Hollywood on one of the most important nights of the industry,
the Oscars.
The situation doesn’t look rushed, but you notice a guy with a camera falls, probably one of the
paparazzi, with another next to him. Then a rain of bullets knocks out two LAPD policemen that weren’t
prepared, not able to draw their weapons to protect themselves, the crowd of fans, other
photographers, and celebrities combined.
Your first reaction kicks in. The training you took from your last course that you have maintained since
then from countless repetitions kicks in. “Contact front” - you knew what to do, you knew it’s the only
option really. Your car was stuck behind another car and another behind you - the way the security
arranged it wouldn’t give your fellow driver any other option to move the car away from the scene. It
was too crowded.
Your fellow agent the driver yelled also “contact left.” He noticed another active shooter moving on your
left between the cars, engaging innocent people left and right - some of them try to run away - hide -
pretend to be dead, but nobody was fighting back, nobody knew what to do.
You get out and open the door like your training - the “contact front” guy, now you could see a white
guy in a suit with an AR-15 in his hands advancing to your right shooting another LAPD cop, neutralizing
him.
You put the “contact front guy” in your sight and unload several rounds until he falls - your brother in
arms, the driver, and fellow agent did the same almost at the same time when he yelled “left fell,” you
replied, “right fell.” Then the important coordinating word that reflects on what you would do next,
“Moving,” and the driver said, “ We are moving.” Each of you moves directly to the terrorist that fell on
the floor making sure he’s neutralized, and away from the car, but still in eye contact since you had your
VIPs in the back sit low as you instructed them to do so in-case of emergency.

“Simply lay low if something like that happened” - You reply to the question of your celebrity movie star
you have protected over the last two years - this power couple dominating the Hollywood gossip yellow
newspaper, considered one of the most down to earth people - they knew what to do.

You progress to a corner that was a combination of a niche in the concrete wall were you could see your
partner, your client’s car, but not exposed in the middle of the sidewalk, making sure you are not an
easy target for a potential third terrorist.

Now fairly secure and waiting for more indications, you take the security hut from your pocket and mark
yourself as a good guy to avoid being shot by confused LAPD cops that start to progress to the scene -
the last thing you want is to get a bullet from a blue-on-blue incident, so you conceal your gun under the
suit still in your hand ready to use and communicate to the cop where you and your brother were
located, what happened, the fact that you are armed, etc. Only when the highly trained tactical teams
take over - could you get your VIPs to the safe room to rest and pull themselves together, while cameras
flash in their faces.
To know what to do in the event of an emergency is not theoretical at all. In-order to be vigilant, you
must have the knowledge to take action, while under pressure. Principles such as evacuation under fire
are problematic, engaging the threat, and making sure that evacuation is even possible requires you to
have a tactical understanding of the situation, and can’t be automatic. Your VIPs are not soldiers - to
move a VIP requires understanding where to take him or her as part of a contingency plan that you need
to improvise, and if possible, plan beforehand during the advance recon missions before the mission
takes place.
These topics were learned intensively during our courses, but more importantly tested under pressure in
live fire and hand-to-hand combat exercises.
Our course has no classroom time or powerpoint slides; we train like we fight - we are out there at the
range, or at the Krav Maga area applying the obvious movements with the VIP, walking from the car to
the building, to in the building, to restaurants, hotels, cocktail parties, a speech or lecture, a car on road
through traffic, or wherever the VIP needs to go, we are with him, with a contingency plan for every
situation, that we train for thousands of times.
Israeli Tactical School Executive Protection program based on the Israeli Secret Service active shooter
interception doctrine, puts an emphasis on taking the war to the other side as first response - taking
tactical position - and consider evacuation only where you understand where you want to take him.

This doctrine is battle tested in numerous incidents where our agent either won the fight, or was able to
secure the VIP, taking him or her to a secure area planned beforehand, or improvised in real time.

By the end of the course, you’ll gain:
● Ability to apply for Guard Security Card or Executive protection certificate for 6 states - Georgia,
Nevada, Florida, Texas, Washington state, and California
● Israeli Tactical School - Executive protection | PSD Agent course - Certificate of Completion
● An array of skills needed to thrive in this new career.
We can also provide support when looking for school security officer jobs and preparing for interviews
to help you land your dream role. Learn fast, earn fast.

Now Is The Time To Start
Whether you’re retired from service or have a time prior to your next employment, your next steps
should influence the next phase of your life. If you’re still unsure, speak to one of our advisors for more
details, as well expectations and earliest start dates.

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Attacks at the Airports of Vienna and Rome

Tomer Israeli - Head of school

Shin bet - Israeli secret service webpage

Attacks at the Airports of Vienna and Rome

On December 27, 1985 El-Al's security was put to test, as two terrorist cells from Abu Nidal's Damascus-based organization attacked simultaneously crowds of El-Al’s check-in passengers at the airports of Vienna and Rome.

 

The events in Rome

At 09:10 a.m. four terrorists attacked El-Al's ticket counters (check-in) at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome. The terrorists opened machine gun fire AK47 from three directions and threw hand grenades at El-Al passengers from the bar opposite the airline's counters. 

Approximately 60 people were in the area of the bar at the time. The counters opened half an hour before and were crowded with passengers. Many passengers also filled the adjacent Trans World Airlines (TWA) counters, which handled two other flights.

13 people were killed in the attack, and 76 were injured. Three of the perpetrators were killed by Israeli security staff, who returned fire towards the sources of the shooting. One terrorist was captured wounded. The incident took place over 15-20 seconds overall.

 

The events in Vienna

On the same day, El-Al's ticket counters (check in) at Vienna International Airport were also attacked by terrorists.

Three passengers (two Austrians and one Israeli) were killed, and 44 were injured in this attack.

 

133 outbound passengers were registered to the El-Al flight from Vienna to Tel Aviv. At the time of the attack, 09:10 a.m., approximately 60 El-Al passengers were in the terminal. Three terrorists ascended a staircase, threw four or five hand grenades from above into the terminal, and then shot bursts of gunfire.

 

Two security guards closest to the staircase immediately returned fire towards the terrorists and prevented them from ascending any further. As the gunfight continued, the terrorists retreated, descended the staircase and exited the terminal, reaching the car park. One of the terrorists seized a Mercedes vehicle from its fleeing owner, collected the other two perpetrators and quickly drove off, seeking to leave the airport.

 

The Israeli security guards gave chase and asked Austrian policemen, who were sitting in several cars in the area, to drive after the terrorists' vehicle. The security guards shot at the terrorists, who returned fire and threw a hand grenade at the pursuers during the chase.

 

The terrorists missed the airport exit, reached a dead end and had to turn back. Being wounded, they lost control of the vehicle and stopped. The Austrian policemen with service dogs captured the terrorists. 19 shots were found to have hit the Mercedes. One terrorist was killed, and two were captured wounded. The incident, from its beginning until the end of the chase, took place over approximately 60 seconds.

 

Final remarks

The conclusions drawn from the events in Rome and Vienna led to the development of the security doctrine, which is meant to minimize and prevent attacks against travelers to Israel. Notably, the reaction of the Israeli security guards in both incidents was very quick, and in Vienna especially it contributed to swift handling of the event with a relatively low number of casualties.

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How to land your dream job in the field of Executive Protection | PSD | PSS

Tomer Israeli - Head of school

Israeli Tactical School is one of the highest quality combat training academies. The school focuses on combat training for Executive Protection (EP), and Private Military Contractor PMC markets.
The school is unique due to the realistic training we provide. The training is similar to the tier one units training, such as Delta Force, and Israeli Secret Service - Shin-Bet. Our school focuses on attention to detail, and seeks perfection and quality. Our mantra, “less is more,” and our special teaching system is made possible, due to our unique, high-quality instructors, used for training.
 
In fact not a lot of training companies can present such a faculty of instructors from the different elite branches of the US armed forces and elite federal agencies.
 
Tomer, the head of the school, is a former captain in the Israeli Army, with more than 25 years of combat, and combat teaching experience. Before opening the Israeli Tactical School in November 2011, Tomer served as a team member in the Israeli Delta Force (Yuval 92 - Sayeret Matkal), Orev/Sayeret Golani, and as an officer and team leader in the Israeli Special Forces. Tomer led his recon team deep behind enemy lines during the 2nd Lebanese War in 2006. Tomer later served in the Israeli Embassy in Washington D.C., as deputy Chief Security officer, responsible for the dignitary protection team.
 
Since the establishment of the school, Tomer has trained several head of states protection teams, SWAT units, special forces units, and countless officers and operators from all branches of the U.S., and Global elite armed forces, such as the U.S Secret Service, FBI, 75th Ranger, U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Delta Force, Marines Raiders, Force Marine Recon, Marine Recon, 82 Airborne, 101 Airborne, SWAT units officers, Pentagon Police, Capitol Police, and special forces from Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
 
Over the years, Tomer has managed to add top notch professionals as instructors to the school.
 
Ian Nelson, a former weapons SGT in the Green Beret U.S. special forces, leads the Executive Protection | PSD courses with Tomer.
 
Stephan, a former U.S. Secret Service Agent team leader, is our agent in charge, and also teaches at the executive protection academy of the U.S. Secret Service, training the new agents of the agency.
During Stephen’s 25 years of service, he has protected several presidents and vice presidents, also leading countless protection missions around the world, and serving in the agency, until recently as a senior instructor for our agency.
 
The team of instructors lives the legacy of excellence and dedication to its student’s development, and gives the students a wide perspective on what to expect about their role as a professional protection agent.
 
Tomer focuses on excellence and is dedicated to bringing the most updated and innovative tactics and techniques across the world of special forces tactics, SWAT missions, and programs of the SWAT, led by a former captain in the Israeli Delta Force. Teaching with other unit professionals, each in his own field of expertise, the school provides the most updated knowledge, second-to-none.
 
Here is some more information about our Executive Protection courses and industry information that will help you to land your dream job as an effective combat capable agent, protecting executives domestically or internationally, as an overseas contractor PSD | PSS or PMC


 
Personal Security Detachment (PSD)


A security detail, often known as a PSD (Protective Services Detail, Personal Security Detachment, Personal Security Detail), PPD (Personal Protection Detail), or PSS (Protective Security Specialist), is a protective team assigned to protect the personal security of an individual or group. PSDs can be made up of federal and state government organizations, military personnel, law enforcement agents, private security contractors, or private military contractors.
 


Private Military Contractor (PMC)


In December 2006, there were estimated to be at least 100,000 contractors working directly for the United States Department of Defense in Iraq, which was a tenfold increase in the use of private contractors for military operations since the Persian Gulf War. This growth led to the foundation of the trade group, known as the Private Security Company Association of Iraq. In Iraq, the issue of accountability for contractors carrying weapons was a sensitive one, as Iraqi laws do not hold over contractors.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld justified the use of PMCs in Iraq on the basis that they were cost effective and useful on the ground. He also affirmed that they were not subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Two days before he left Iraq, L. Paul Bremer signed "Order 17," giving all Americans associated with the CPA and the American government immunity from Iraqi law. In July 2007, a report from the American Congressional Research Service indicated that the Iraqi government still had no authority over private security firms contracted by the U.S. government.
In 2007, the Uniform Code of Military Justice was amended to allow for prosecution of military contractors who were deployed in a "declared war or contingency operation."
PMCs supplied support to U.S. military bases throughout the Persian Gulf, from operating mess halls to providing security. They supplied armed guards at a U.S. Army base in Qatar, and used live ammunition to train soldiers at Camp Doha in Kuwait. They maintained an array of weapons systems vital to the invasion of Iraq. They also provided bodyguards for VIPs, guard installations, and escort supply convoys from Kuwait. All these resources were called upon constantly.
 


Examples about the role of the protection PMC | PSD



 
Job Description
Employer is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to apply for PSD roles predicted on a range of projects in Basra, Baghdad or Badra, Iraq. Would ideally suit those with no notice to serve/ available to deploy immediately upon receipt of visa. Rotation is 8  weeks on and 4 off.
 

Job Duties
The PPO/ FPOS Medic is responsible for assisting the team leader with the provision of armed security, both mobile and static in order to provide the client the appropriate level of protection on all missions. In addition the PPO/ FPOS Medic is responsible for the provision of basic life support to the client and company staff, and reports directly to the team leader.
– Act as PPO and vehicle commander on all SET movements outside the LSC.
– Responsible for providing armed deterrent and presence at all sites visited by the SET in support of the dedicated client.
– Responsible for delivering the security brief to all clients on vehicular missions.
– Responsible for maintaining a high level of situational awareness on all missions.
– Responsible for check navigation as required.
– Responsible for the maintenance of all weapon systems issued.
– Act as PPO/ Medic on all SET movements.
– Responsible for conducting client medical welfare checks whilst static on site.
– In conjunction with the medical trainer is responsible for conducting all medical training within the SET.
– Provide support & assistance for any Medical Officer as required
– Perform any other tasks and duties not mentioned above as directed by Project management.
 

Hiring Criteria
·         Military experience obligatory minimum of 5 years
·         Completed a recognized Close Protection Course
·         Private Security Company experience is desirable, especially as Operator/ Medic.
·         Previous experience in the Oil and Gas industry is desirable.
·         Previous hostile experience in the Middle East of at least 2 years .
·         Good standard of written and verbal skills required.
·         Computer literacy is advantageous.
·         Certification and experience in Basic Life Support essential (FPOSi Course)
·         Certification and experience in Basic Life Support Resuscitation essential.
·         Previous experience in clinical care is desirable but not essential.
·         Medical training role qualifications desirable.
·         Good interpersonal skills, both with Project, Client & external personnel.
·         Age is not prescriptive, but candidates will need the experience referred to above.
·         Be in possession of a current driving license.
·         Must be able to work productively under pressure.
·         Will need to demonstrate flexibility.
·         Be in possession of a clean police criminal records check.
·         Must be physically fit to operate in extreme weather and arduous conditions
·         In date SIA license or international equivalent.




 

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One Man Room Clearing

 

Tomer Israeli - Head of school

 

How a Israei Secret Service & Green Beret Clears a Room

 

In the military world, there are a lot of highly debated clearing techniques. While some argue

regarding their favorite plan of attack, there a huge lack of knowledge on the effectiveness of

varied area clearing techniques. Until recently, there was virtually zero analysis on one man area

clearing. Here, we discuss and analyze the most advantageous one man area clearing techniques.

After years serving in the Israeli Shin-Bet, I consider myself to have some sort of expertise. By

presenting an analysis with a variety of thoughts on outcomes, I believe you’ll be with agreement

concerning the conclusions.

Historically, officers and SWAT units would form a perimeter.

Today, that no longer acceptable. Departments now push for first officers to take immediate entrance on the scene; as this trend continues to increase, and departments continue to allow officers to make solo entries,violent encounters are ending much more quickly, and more efficiently.

While departments are improving to mitigate risk, room clearing is always dangerous, and one

men's room clearing is even more dangerous. You should think of one man room clearing as a

tactic of last resort.

Research has found that these are not only applicable to law enforcement officers, but also for

military, tactical units, as well as any person who owns and carries a firearm for self-defense.

Intro

The researchers wanted to examine the safety and efficiency of two styles of solo room entry,

known as the peek, or the push. Using a corner-fed room, the researchers placed participants in a blind corner of the room.

The blind corner of a room refers to the portion of the room that cannot be seen from the

doorway without looking, hence the term, “ peek,” or moving into the room, “push”. The room

was classified as “corner-fed,” as the entrance fed into one of the corners of the room. If the

entrance fed into the center, it would be called a “center-fed room”.

Scenario

Each participant was placed into the blind corner of the room, and given a training firearm, with

the ability to fire a round at 300 feet per second. The scenario included a terrorist having shot

someone, now waiting to ambush the police officer from the corner of the room. The terrorist

was given one round and were told to shoot the officer on sight.

The researcher then performed either a peek, where they leaned into the room and engaged the

suspect from the doorway, or they made a makeshift entry into the room, pushing into the room

at an angle. The researcher had one blank round they fired at the participant, where 147

randomly sequenced room entry attempts were made.

Results

The researchers discovered some interesting points after analyzing the data. For the peek

method, the participants shot the officer 33% of the time. In the push condition, the participants

shot the officer 44% of the time.

They noted the difference was small, but still significant, suggesting that entering the room via

the push technique would be the preferred technique. However, the data also goes on to show

that the accuracy of the terrorist’s shot, and placement of the rounds on the officer, were much

different between the two conditions.

In the peek method, there were 11 hits that would have likely been fatal, whereas there were 6

hits for the push method. All the other hits were distributed throughout the rest of the body, or

potentially, non-immediately fatal. They also noted that it took the participants an average of .76

seconds to shoot the officer in the peak condition, and .64 seconds to shoot in the push condition.

This meant the terrorists had to react faster, likely leading to less accuracy.

In conclusion, the research and experiment suggested that the push method is the likely more

preferred method, in terms of survival-ability for a solo entry scenario.

However, as in any research, there are limitations.

Limitations

Number one, the experiment was aimed to answer specific questions, meaning additional

scenarios and experiments would be required to conclude, or further conclude, the better method.

For something as perilous as solo room clearing, this is highly important.

For example, one round was shot by the terrorist hiding in the corner, whereas in real life, a

terrorist is likely going to continuously shoot. This would likely increase your chances of

casualty. Then, shots through a door or wall are likely to pass through, which would add more

risk for the peek method. Depending on what the room is made of, would be a real-life, in the

moment scenario, where you’d have to make a decision.

The experiment did not test the officer accuracy on combating the terrorist, having only shot one

blank round. This is a vital figure for research, as shooting a moving target, one that is shooting

back at you, is a dangerous task. Solo entrance on a center-fed room would have resulted in a

much higher officer hit percentage, as the officer could only clear, or enter, one corner at a time.

This means you’re vulnerable to someone pursuing you from behind, increasing your risk.

It would also be good to see how it would have turned out, if the officers approached from

various positions, such as crouching, lowering, as well as measuring how quickly they entered

the room, etc. Anything to throw the terrorist off-balance, surely would lead to different results.

 

Conclusion

To reiterate, this is one study, where we addressed several limitations. There are numerous

studies, however, nothing is as conclusive as real-life training. Training from proven tactical

professionals, could make a world of difference.

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Attitude of Close-Quarter Battle

 

 

Tomer Israeli - Head of school

 

How the Israeli Secret Service Clearing a room



When engaging in a Close-Quarter Battle, or combat, (CQB) scenario, much of the success rate
depends on confidence. While training is an important part, confidence, is the primary factor to
succeeding. With something as CQB being for dangerous, the more you think, for more fatal it
can be.
Think about this. You have a closed-room, and you need someone to charge for a rescue
mission, or whatever the scenario. That in itself, is a key indicator if a person will be successful.
If you’re not willing to do that, the battle’s already lost. The rest can be taught, such as the
simple techniques to implement, as a CQB operator.
While one may think of someone sitting behind a cushy desk, when the term, “operator,”
comes to mind, a CQB operator is far from it. The few that are in this line of work, are brave,
ready to answer the call. These men, are fearless.
Once you check the pre-requisite, the remaining training comes from someone that is willing to
train, over, and over, repetition, after repetition. While there is a common thought, that
confidence, and ferociousness is all it takes to be successful as a CQB operator, this is also far
from the truth. At the end of the day, someone may sit on the other side of a door, with a full-
loaded weapon, ready to shoot. Good tactic is required.
When dealing with a lethal situation, you have to be prepared for the worst. People can die.
And, if you’re not careful, it could be worse than just you. Knowing you’re going into this
industry, you must be prepared to do whatever it takes, ready to fight. There’s no room for
error.
In terms of CQB etiquette, how can you ensure success? Though, none is necessarily greater
than the other, these points are used to measure, and determine, your ultimate level of
success. These are principles to adhere to.
What is CQB? By definition, CQB is a raid. Take it deeper. A raid consists of three elements.
Surprise, Speed, and Violence of Action.
Surprise means, catching the enemy off-guard. To do so, stealth is paramount. You must
remain quiet. Tactic and training will teach out ways to approach a raid, while maintaining
surprise.
Next, speed, is significant as well. While moving stealthily, you must also move quickly. Even if
you are quiet, once you are seen, or in the chance you are heard, if you are not quick enough,
you’ll lose your advantage. You must be ready to attack, and staying a step ahead, is a key to a
successful raid.

Finally, violence of action builds on the first two. Think about it. Being violent, breaks things up.
This means, being aggressive. Since you have the state of surprise, and speed on your side, you
can be aggressive, because you’re likely on the offensive. When you’re on the offensive, the
enemy has little time to react, and at that point, that’s when the retreat. When they retreat,
that’s where you want to be. Make sure you finish the task, once you have the upper-hand,
keep it.
To keep it, after a successful raid, you’ll want to maintain what’s known as 360-degree security.
This is a CQB principle. To do so, you remain vigilant, with the ability to move on a swivel, react,
ready for anything. When clearing a building, your team will split up, because of the amount of
rooms, so while the raid was successful, you’ll want to maintain the elements you implemented
at the start of the raid, while keeping a 360-degree field of vision. Moving stealthily, and
quickly, in case hostiles remain is key. Once you’ve done a quick search, and implemented 360-
degree security, your team can go back more a more thorough sweep, or check.
In terms of mindset, you must stay confident. Now you have the training, confidence is a key
indicator of keeping your success. Move room to room, owning it. Think about once you leave
the room, it’s no longer yours. If you want to return to it, you must own it, once again. This
requires discipline to stay on top of your game, and stay humble.
A great technique while enter the rooming is pulling your barrel back towards your chest, in
case an enemy onlooker quickly approaches. You don’t want to get jammed, so you can use
your weapon to fend them off. This will buy you time, and the ability to look them down your
scope. Best practices in CQB are the ones with few moving parts. With fewer moving parts, less
can go wrong. Your mind is already up against tremendous stress, and now you must do
everything you can do, to not make it worse.
Case 1:
We set up targets for target practice in a shooting house. Once finished, the team lead leads his
group through the house, showing all the possible target locations are. The purpose of doing so,
is to instill to the team, that you must not enter the building, until you have most of the data,
starting with the basics, such as knowing the floor plan, and target dispersion.
Now, we remove one of the targets. The group clears the room, however is caught fixating on
something missing. This lack of adaptability, costs them time; they’ve now lost stealth, speed,
and ultimately, violence of action. The enemy the group was looking for, now runs in from
behind.
You argue, if they looked behind after clearing the room, they’d be fine. Wrong. The purpose
here, was to show, how to not get fixated. It’s one thing to study, it’s another to apply.
Case 2:
Jungle setting. Fort-style. Night. Definitely more dangerous, from a superficial sense. The team
moves forward, ready to approach. The start of the raid. Three targets remain, and are sprayed

upon the stealthily entrance. Now speed, and violence of action are on our side. The goal is to
keep all three, as we move forward, because there could be more targets. Keep focus.
As we enter the building, we clear room-by-room, each main taking a different one as he can,
gun lights out. Two of us get to the last room, and after taking a 45-degree approach, we kick
the door in. There sits the target on his knees in the dark, blindfolded, hands in the air. If not
careful, we could’ve mistaken him for an enemy, which is why it’s paramount to rely on
training, a calmness. If you’re not calm, you won’t be able to accurately assess threats in real-
time.
The team did not prepare to face an unexpected live person in the scenario, but proves
testament, that their CQB training held true. With blue-on-blue casualties being a real thing,
and not so uncommon, the goal is to keep CQB simple, by only shooting enemies. Being able to
differentiate in real-time, under high-pressure, real-life scenarios, will give you the ability to fall
to the level of your training. Training that will come in when handy.

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Israeli military technology allows operators to 'see through walls'

 

How to Clear a room now days 

New Israeli military technology allows users to detect objects and people behind walls by using an AI-based tracking algorithm, according to a report.

The Xaver 1000, produced by the Israeli imaging solutions company Camero-Tech, was unveiled for the first time at the Eurosatury 2022 exhibition in Paris, France. 

It's part of the "See Through Walls" family of products which, according to the company, provide real-time information on objects and people concealed behind walls.

Camero-Tech claims the new XAVER-1000 is an "essential system" for military use, law enforcement, intelligence units, and search and rescue teams.

The company said it is a new tool for tactical operations, as it can detect the presence of life in rooms, the number of people and their distance from the system, target height and orientation, and the general layout of a space.

The technology can display live objects, behind walls, in such high resolution that it can detect whether a person is sitting, standing, or lying down, even if they have been motionless for a significant period. Specific body parts are also detectable, the company said.

Operating it is easy and requires minimal training,  and it only requires a single user to make use of a simple interface on an embedded 10.1-inch touchscreen display.

It can penetrate through most common building materials, Camero-Tech said.

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Active Shooter Response in an Executive Protection Role

Active shooter situations have become much more common nowadays. It may find us anywhere we go and now require protection agents to plan for an active shooter situation more thoroughly than ever. Although the foundation of planning for emergencies will always be part of the job, how you respond to these potential emergencies changes.

The basic ideas of RUN, HIDE, FIGHT, are still an approach for surviving an active shooter. However, we should add into our consideration that we have a VIP to care for. This can either maintain the continuum, change the order in which we would act, or completely eliminate some options altogether. For example, if we were with a completely capable client that had high mobility, we may choose the option to grab our client and run. On the other hand if we were with a client with low mobility, we may have to eliminate the option of running from our emergency action plan. Hiding is usually not the best option when in a protection role. Running or fighting become options that are more likely to play out. You are either “Mobile or Hostile”.

 

The mobility of the VIP is an important factor in our emergency action planning. When we talk about a fully capable client or injured, shocked or panicked , older changes in the ability to move the VIP may decrease your ability to move swiftly in that particular situation. Therefore in cases we can’t evacuate rapidly we rather not move the VIP in cases it’s not possible unless you can anchor down in a designated area such as a safe room.

During the advance team assessment is required to spot where the client sits, moving from the seating chart has placed your client in the center of an auditorium or ballroom, evac to a safe room may not be immediate feasible solution in this case we fight as the last solution.

One of the first principles of being a bodyguard in an emergency situation is to get your client to safety. In an active shooter situation, this does not change, but you will have to figure out if it can be done. If you can move your client to a near exit and escape, do it. This will be dependent on the proximity of the threat, the tools you have on you to eliminate the threat and as we spoke about, the mobility of the client. A hero factor usually shows itself when conversing about this situation. If, no matter what the situation, distance of the attack or ability you have to confront the attacker, you say that you would leave your client to hunt down the threat, understand you have done just that “left” you client. Keeping yourself and your client out of a situation where there is imminent threat to life is the primary directive.

“Fight” is the response that most people would like to think they would take in an active shooter situation, especially those in the protection field. There are multiple hard skill courses available to prepare yourself for a violent encounter with someone and they are taught by a variety of great instructors. Once you have made the decision to fight, only the moment will tell if you have trained hard and long enough. The important thing in the decision to fight, is the information you have gathered to make that decision and how you have analyzed it. This must all be done in a matter of seconds so whatever information you have, you will need to use to make a decision, but some instances cater to fighting better than others.

One key component is the distance between you and the active shooter. If they begin their shooting only feet from you and the client, the run and hide methods are pretty much useless. Therefore you will need to, and should fight in this instance. Your ability to close distance and answer the perpetrator’s violence, with violence, will be the difference between life and death. If the distance is pushed to yards, you may consider the run option, unless you have the surprise on the attacker or have a weapon of your own and the ability to make the shot. A large portion of Executive Protection is done without a firearm. If this is your case, then fighting as a first option with someone 30 yards from you with a semi-automatic rifle might not be the best choice. Your ability to close the distance with the shooter firing at high rates gives way for a low probability of success.

If you do have a weapon of your own and choose to use it, be sure to thoroughly understand your own capabilities. Most people think they could make a 45ft head shot on a stationary target. But even when presented with this situation on a static range, most average shooters fail often on their first attempt. If you cannot shoot a target at 25 yards and you see an active shooter situation evolving 60-70 yards away, your decision as an EP agent should shift to escaping with your client instead of leaving your client to fight the enemy.

Ultimately your and your client’s safety are top priorities. Because your client’s life is so directly tied to your own, the best reaction for your client’s safety is often the same for yourself. A protection agent should not pursue a gunman, leaving his client to fend for themselves until you return, or not. If you do not have the ability to carry a firearm while acting as an agent, be sure to plan accordingly. Do not come up with imaginative scenarios that you will grab a gun from someone and save the day. Hiding is the weakest of the run, hide, fight model and in the decision making process should be last. This leaves you with two decisions, you are either mobile or you are hostile. Either you are getting yourself and your client to safety or you are attacking.

Courses like this are offered at Israeli tactical School in the Executive Protection training.

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Use deadly Force during Executive Protection Mission

With violent crime on the rise across the US, many affluent and/or high-profile individuals are turning to private security for their protection. This role is often filled by Close Protection (CP) or Executive Protection (EP) Agents. Executive Protection agents are, usually, highly trained individuals whose main objective is to facilitate the safe movement of their client(S) in both personal and professional aspects of their lives. Taking on the responsibility of protecting someone can come with a risk most security professionals are aware of.  Violent encounters that may involve serious injury or death are part of the day-to-day reality of this role. Individuals accepting this role, and the immense responsibility that accompanies it, should not only be tactically and technically proficient in the use of deadly force, but also in the legal and moral technicalities that are involved. Above all else, every agent should be adept in ways to avoid potentially dangerous situations all together.

Prevention and Avoidance

When accepting an EP role, the agent should first begin with developing a thorough understanding of the situation in which they may become involved. This understanding generally begins with planning. An agent must first develop a threat assessment that involves risks associated specifically to the client(s) as well as to the environment in which they will be operating. Understanding the client’s background, including their personal and professional lives in conjunction with any possible threats that they have or may potentially face is important foundational information. When this information is applied in context with specific risks associated with the environment in which they will be working, an agent can begin to formulate a plan on how to limit their client(s) exposure to these perceived threats, ideally by avoidance altogether.

Along with developing a threat assessment, on-site advances of working locations can help with contingency planning and facilitate the movement of the client(s) within the environment while minimizing the client’s exposure to risks. Also, conducting on-site advances and being familiar with your working environment can help you to evacuate your client(s) when potentially hazardous situations arise. Let’s be honest, thorough planning won’t allow you to fully predict unforeseen hazards that may arise therefore a clear and concise evacuation plan is crucial.

De-escalation

Strong Presentation. When working in a dynamic and high exposure environment it is important for an agent to be portrayed not only as courteous and professional, but also as someone who is in control both mentally and physically. If an agent is viewed as “weak” or as a “soft target”, someone with nefarious intent may be more likely to carry out their plans. The way an agent is viewed by a potential attacker can oftentimes be the first level of mitigation or de-escalation.

Verbal Commands. If an agent finds his or herself in a position facing a potentially hostile individual and they have no means or ability to safely evacuate their client(s), verbal commands are often the next step in controlling a situation. When given the opportunity, an agent must give clear and concise verbal commands to the perceived threat in an attempt to de-escalate or to at least take control of a situation before it turns hazardous.

Physical Touch. Physical contact and control techniques can tentatively be a security professional’s last step in keeping control of a volatile situation before it becomes deadly. Every EP agent should consistently study and train in systems that involve making space, striking, grappling and control techniques. If an agent is trained properly and is confident in his or her abilities, a strong combatives base can be used as a de-escalatory or mitigation technique that can often provide the space needed to evacuate the client or also to control an individual from creating a potentially catastrophic scenario for you, your client(S), and any bystanders present at the scene.

Less than Lethal

Tasers, stun guns, pepper spray and other less than lethal means of self-defense are often legal to carry and are often available and used by EP agents in the field. These types of items can be especially useful for several reasons:

  1. Legality- Often, state and local laws will hinder or prohibit an individual from being able to carry lethal weapons, but less than lethal tools are often allowed.

  2. Distance- These tools can often be used from a distance and can allow an agent to thwart or hinder a would-be attacker just long enough to escape the situation.

  3. Minimize damage- If used safely and correctly, these tools can be great alternatives to other options that may cause collateral damage to both hostile individuals and innocent bystanders alike.

Deadly Force

Every professional working in the security industry should understand that deadly force should only be used as a last resort. This idea carries with it both moral and legal aspects to consider. Just because you are within your right to use deadly force against another human being, you should always understand that taking a human life can impact each individual differently. Although most professionals accept the fact that they may need to end someone’s life in the undertaking of their duties, most people don’t actually know how they would react mentally and emotionally after the fact. The psychology of inflicting harm to others or taking a life in the line of duty is complex and can impact several aspects of the individual’s life.

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health have shown a direct correlation between police officers and military members who were forced to kill or cause serious bodily harm to another person and PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms and social adjustment disorders.

Legal guidelines outlining when a person is allowed to use lethal force either in self defense or in the defense of others can vary greatly depending on what area the agent is working. It is important that every professional be well read and educated on the legal guidelines involving the use of deadly force that are specific to the area in which they will be working. For instance, in California you not only have the right to defend yourself from imminent danger, but also the right to protect others. However, in order for the defendant’s defense to be successful, you must establish:

  • You reasonably believed that yourself or the other person was in imminent danger;

  • You reasonably believed the use of force was necessary to prevent harm and;

  • You only used the amount of force necessary to prevent harm.

Deadly force may be justified if you are reasonably fearful of rape, murder, robbery, mayhem, or any attack that would cause great bodily injury. (Section 505 of California’s Criminal Jury Instruction)

These area specific legal guidelines and instructions can vary depending on location and it is important to understand that even though a defendant is found to have acted in good legal standing, they may still be exposed to civil litigation and investigations that can leave them financially exposed and/or temporarily unable to work under their previously held professional licenses or certifications.

Although individuals may find themselves in situations where they are immediately left with no other option than to use deadly force, it is important to make the attempt to exhaust all other means when able to do so. It is every security professional’s responsibility to train, research and be knowledgeable in different ways to avoid or address potentially hazardous situations before they become lethal, and also to thoroughly understand the laws and regulations in their areas of operation.

Executive Protection Agents should undertake extensive training that include, among many other things, avoidance and prevention measures, de-escalation techniques and mitigation tools in conjunction with being proficient in the use of deadly force. In-depth EP training, which covers multiple facets of the dynamic environment of professional protection, is available at Israeli Tactical School in our executive protection training

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Use deadly Force during Executive Protection Mission

With violent crime on the rise across the US, many affluent and/or high-profile individuals are turning to private security for their protection. This role is often filled by Close Protection (CP) or Executive Protection (EP) Agents. Executive Protection agents are, usually, highly trained individuals whose main objective is to facilitate the safe movement of their client(S) in both personal and professional aspects of their lives. Taking on the responsibility of protecting someone can come with a risk most security professionals are aware of.  Violent encounters that may involve serious injury or death are part of the day-to-day reality of this role. Individuals accepting this role, and the immense responsibility that accompanies it, should not only be tactically and technically proficient in the use of deadly force, but also in the legal and moral technicalities that are involved. Above all else, every agent should be adept in ways to avoid potentially dangerous situations all together.

Prevention and Avoidance

When accepting an EP role, the agent should first begin with developing a thorough understanding of the situation in which they may become involved. This understanding generally begins with planning. An agent must first develop a threat assessment that involves risks associated specifically to the client(s) as well as to the environment in which they will be operating. Understanding the client’s background, including their personal and professional lives in conjunction with any possible threats that they have or may potentially face is important foundational information. When this information is applied in context with specific risks associated with the environment in which they will be working, an agent can begin to formulate a plan on how to limit their client(s) exposure to these perceived threats, ideally by avoidance altogether.

Along with developing a threat assessment, on-site advances of working locations can help with contingency planning and facilitate the movement of the client(s) within the environment while minimizing the client’s exposure to risks. Also, conducting on-site advances and being familiar with your working environment can help you to evacuate your client(s) when potentially hazardous situations arise. Let’s be honest, thorough planning won’t allow you to fully predict unforeseen hazards that may arise therefore a clear and concise evacuation plan is crucial.

De-escalation

Strong Presentation. When working in a dynamic and high exposure environment it is important for an agent to be portrayed not only as courteous and professional, but also as someone who is in control both mentally and physically. If an agent is viewed as “weak” or as a “soft target”, someone with nefarious intent may be more likely to carry out their plans. The way an agent is viewed by a potential attacker can oftentimes be the first level of mitigation or de-escalation.

Verbal Commands. If an agent finds his or herself in a position facing a potentially hostile individual and they have no means or ability to safely evacuate their client(s), verbal commands are often the next step in controlling a situation. When given the opportunity, an agent must give clear and concise verbal commands to the perceived threat in an attempt to de-escalate or to at least take control of a situation before it turns hazardous.

Physical Touch. Physical contact and control techniques can tentatively be a security professional’s last step in keeping control of a volatile situation before it becomes deadly. Every EP agent should consistently study and train in systems that involve making space, striking, grappling and control techniques. If an agent is trained properly and is confident in his or her abilities, a strong combatives base can be used as a de-escalatory or mitigation technique that can often provide the space needed to evacuate the client or also to control an individual from creating a potentially catastrophic scenario for you, your client(S), and any bystanders present at the scene.

Less than Lethal

Tasers, stun guns, pepper spray and other less than lethal means of self-defense are often legal to carry and are often available and used by EP agents in the field. These types of items can be especially useful for several reasons:

  1. Legality- Often, state and local laws will hinder or prohibit an individual from being able to carry lethal weapons, but less than lethal tools are often allowed.

  2. Distance- These tools can often be used from a distance and can allow an agent to thwart or hinder a would-be attacker just long enough to escape the situation.

  3. Minimize damage- If used safely and correctly, these tools can be great alternatives to other options that may cause collateral damage to both hostile individuals and innocent bystanders alike.

Deadly Force

Every professional working in the security industry should understand that deadly force should only be used as a last resort. This idea carries with it both moral and legal aspects to consider. Just because you are within your right to use deadly force against another human being, you should always understand that taking a human life can impact each individual differently. Although most professionals accept the fact that they may need to end someone’s life in the undertaking of their duties, most people don’t actually know how they would react mentally and emotionally after the fact. The psychology of inflicting harm to others or taking a life in the line of duty is complex and can impact several aspects of the individual’s life.

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health have shown a direct correlation between police officers and military members who were forced to kill or cause serious bodily harm to another person and PTSD symptoms, depression symptoms and social adjustment disorders.

Legal guidelines outlining when a person is allowed to use lethal force either in self defense or in the defense of others can vary greatly depending on what area the agent is working. It is important that every professional be well read and educated on the legal guidelines involving the use of deadly force that are specific to the area in which they will be working. For instance, in California you not only have the right to defend yourself from imminent danger, but also the right to protect others. However, in order for the defendant’s defense to be successful, you must establish:

  • You reasonably believed that yourself or the other person was in imminent danger;

  • You reasonably believed the use of force was necessary to prevent harm and;

  • You only used the amount of force necessary to prevent harm.

Deadly force may be justified if you are reasonably fearful of rape, murder, robbery, mayhem, or any attack that would cause great bodily injury. (Section 505 of California’s Criminal Jury Instruction)

These area specific legal guidelines and instructions can vary depending on location and it is important to understand that even though a defendant is found to have acted in good legal standing, they may still be exposed to civil litigation and investigations that can leave them financially exposed and/or temporarily unable to work under their previously held professional licenses or certifications.

Although individuals may find themselves in situations where they are immediately left with no other option than to use deadly force, it is important to make the attempt to exhaust all other means when able to do so. It is every security professional’s responsibility to train, research and be knowledgeable in different ways to avoid or address potentially hazardous situations before they become lethal, and also to thoroughly understand the laws and regulations in their areas of operation.

Executive Protection Agents should undertake extensive training that include, among many other things, avoidance and prevention measures, de-escalation techniques and mitigation tools in conjunction with being proficient in the use of deadly force. In-depth EP training, which covers multiple facets of the dynamic environment of professional protection, is available at Israeli Tactical School in our executive protection training