Updated: Aug 18, 2019

Recommended to use ONLY in Close Quarter Combat situation when the enemy is very close

Our school basic training focuses on the lone warrior tactics. The reason why the focus exist is due to the fact that in most cases you won't get help from the outside fast enough.

To be depending ONLY on yourself require implement set of skill and most of all aggressive mind set in-order to face a potential threat.

The individual warrior doctrine developed by the 'Shin - bet' the equivalent agency to the United States F.B.I and U.S Secret Service. The need was clear our special agents were posted world wide in different locations and conducting missions most of the time alone. Therefore the traditional team concepts and tactics common in army units didn't apply to the challenges and require searching for new tactics and ways to complete the mission successfully. One of the missions were 'Active Shooter' or Active Shooters interception but also Executive Protection and Air Marshal.

The individual warrior doctrine tested in battle for decades and proved effective in a fight against terror.

Published incident were the 'Shin-Bet' used the Individual Warrior doctrine:

  • On 18 February 1969, El Al Flight 432, operated Boeing 720-058B, registered 4X-ABB, was attacked at Zürich airport by members of the PLFB while taxiing for takeoff en route from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv, via a Zurich intermediate stop. An Israeli trainee co-pilot was shot, who died a month later from his injuries, with another eight people being wounded. In a firefight involving security personnel aboard the aircraft, one hijacker was killed, while the others were arrested. The hijackers were later put on trial in Winterthur, Switzerland but released following the hijacking of a Swissair aircraft one year later. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 6 September 1970, El Al Flight 219 from Tel Aviv to New York, with a stopover in Amsterdam, operated by a Boeing 707-458C registered 4X-ATB, was the target of an attempted hijacking by Leila Khaled and Patrick Argüello, members of the Sandinistas working in concert with the PLFB after taking off from Amsterdam. The hijacking was meant to be one of the Dawson's Field hijackings, but it was thwarted by the pilot and on-board air marshal. The aircraft diverted to Heathrow Airport, where Argüello and Khaled were turned over to British authorities; Argüello, who was shot earlier, died en route to a hospital https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 4 July 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet shot six Israeli passengers (resulting in two deaths) at El Al's ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport before he was shot and killed by an El Al security guard.[122] Two of the victims died. Although not linked to any terrorist group, Hadayet, an Egyptian, espoused anti-Israeli views and was opposed to US policy in the Middle East.[123] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation classified the shooting as a terrorist act, one of the few on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

  • On 17 November 2002, El Al FLight 581, a flight operated by a Boeing 767-258(ER) from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, registered 4X-EBS, was the scene of an attempted hijacking by Tawfiq Fukra, a twenty-three-year-old Israeli Arab reportedly armed with a pocket knife. Fukra attempted to break into the cockpit in order to fly the aircraft back to Israel and crash it into a building. He was apprehended by on-board security personnel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#Terrorist_attacks_and_incidents

The doctrine was tested in countless more incidents in other branches of the Shin - Bet, simply the incident can't be disclose here in this article.

Some of the doctrine principals for CQB only situations:

  • Don't be a by stander: You are the general in charge nobody will make the decision better then you - if you passive people will die, therefore the best alternative is to fight

  • Aggressive 100 % mind set: Mark Twain was saying "it's not the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight at the dog" - explanation: Since you are alone and nobody will help you - take the initiative and attack the attacker fast and aggressive - even if the attacker attack you first - even if the attacker have an advantage the more aggressive in the fight will win.

  • Limited penetration room clearing tactics is the chosen tactics for the individual warrior doctrine - since you are alone the main concept is not to enter spaces if you don't need to alone. More about the limited penetration coming soon on this blog.

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