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ESI offers a PSD Protective Operations Course that parallels our world renowned Executive Protection Program designed for corporate and personal protection. The PSD Program can be taken as a full-time 28-Day Residency. Pre-requisites for this program are; Former and current military with experience in a combat zone within the last 5 years, former and current law enforcement with experience in an active SWAT or Drug Task Force Team within the last 5 years, or a Graduate from ESI’s Executive Protection Program with a level 1 shooting score within the last 5 years. Training and experience will be reviewed on an individual basis.
The program meets all the requirements of State Department's Presidential Security Detail (PSD) Protocols, and goes beyond these minimum standards to meet the changing tactics of Jihadis who attack convoys, protection details and their principals daily. Defensive procedures must adapt to the ever-changing tactics of a determined and intelligent enemy. ESI's PSD Protective Operations Course is taught by a staff that is competent and profoundly rooted in the operational side of high threat arenas. (Staff Resumes)
Well Mr. Duggan, I don't know where to begin to thank you. I was recently hired by G W as a shift supervisor at one of the combat outposts in southern Afghanistan and so far I love it! I really had a great time at your school and you were right, it was a life changing experience! I’ve met and made lifelong friends at your school and truly feel like I am a member of a growing family that you started so many years ago. If there is anything I can ever do for you please do not hesitate to ask.
Thanks again Sir you are truly a legend in the business and a master of many young men and women within the industry.
Your Canadian family member
C.P.S., C.S.O.P.S., C.S.S., C.P.I.S., with honors
SENIOR ESI INSTRUCTORS
Chief Training Consultants, Pete Dordal, and Senior Instructors for PSD Protective Operations: Mike Green, Chuck Simpson, Bruce Carleton, John Koosiera, Brian Roethel, Dr. Joe Bannon, and Lt. Col. Scott Schaefer.
Pete Dordal, a 1984 ESI Graduate and former Marine Scout Sniper Instructor, is the principal advisor and consultant to ESI on PSD Protective Operations Program. Pete Dordal is Senior Vice-President of Garda World, the Consulting and Investigation / Global Risks Group of Garda World Security Corporation, one of the most trusted consulting, investigation and security firms in the world. Pete Dordal is the Managing Director of International Security Operations and he is responsible for the delivery of security services to a variety of government and commercial clients in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Mike Green has been affiliated with ESI since 2005 and is a former Special Forces CQB instructor. He has over twenty years of combined experience in Special Operations and the Security field. While in the military he conducted numerous Protective Security Details for High Ranking General Officers.
Mike has been on numerous Department Of State & Department Of Defense contracts since late 2004. He has provided close protection/mobile security for designated personnel to include; US Ambassador to Iraq, Regional Coordinator to Iraq, and numerous US Diplomats. He has conducted advances and site surveys for multiple venues. He has held positions as Agent In Charge (AIC), Shift Leader, Lead Advance, Tactical Commander, Detail Member, Counter Assault Team (CAT) and QRF Team member.
Chuck Simpson was granted DoD Top Secret status with SCI since 1993 and DOS Secret status 2010. From 1995 until the present, Chuck has worked as an Instructor for Special Forces Advance Intelligence Operations, Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat Course Instructor, and a Special Forces Sniper (SOTIC) Instructor. Chuck also provided Military and Protection Advisory for designated U.S. Government Agencies as a Tier 1 Operator. In earlier missions, Chuck served as a Military Advisor and Assault Force Team Leader within a forward deployed, reinforced, Special Operation Unit employed in the training of forces actively engaged in Combating Terrorism and Counter-Narcotics Operations. Provided Advanced Marksmanship, Close Quarters Combat and Advance Source Operation to US and Foreign forces. Chuck advised a commander in combat intelligence operations. Conducted Compartmented Direct Action, Unconventional Warfare and Special Reconnaissance/Surveillance missions. Areas of emphasis: Quick Reaction Force (QRF), Advance marksmanship instructor (DDM/Sniper) and Surveillance and Counter Surveillance Instructor, and Protective Security Detail for High Threat Operations. Chuck is a State Department Certified Instructor for DOS for whom he Designed Defensive Marksman (DDM) programs, as well as Motorcade Operations (MO), Protective Operations (PO), and Tactical Skills (CQB), as of 2010.
Lt. Col. Scott Schaefer (USMC retired), Former Response Consultant for ASI Global
Scott Schaefer managed Kidnap Response Operations for the Houston-based ASI Global Response until he was medically retired in 2012. As a dedicated response consultant for Travelers Insurance, Scott and the ASI team responded to kidnap-for-ransom, extortion-with-violence, and piracy events around the world. Scott is widely sought after to provide direction and insight to the corporate world regarding kidnap prevention and training, crisis management planning and response.
Prior to working as a Kidnap & Ransom Consultant, Scott served with the Marine Corps and was a Case Officer with the Clandestine Services Division of the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring at the equivalent rank of Lt.Col. He has taught courses for corporate and government clients in the areas of Intelligence Collection and Analysis, Surveillance Detection and Counter Intelligence.
Joe Bannon Dr. Joe Bannon is a 1990 graduate of Executive Security International's Advanced Executive Protection Program. As a Retired Special Agent with the California State Attorney General's Office, Department of Justice – Criminal Intelligence Bureau – Anti Terrorist Unit; he was formerly assigned to the Joint Agency Anti-Terrorist Task Force in Los Angeles as a Tactical Intelligence Agent. This Anti-Terrorist Team conducts covert operations; investigates classified and top secret intelligence information and threats to National Homeland Security, while pursuing and locating violent and dangerous terrorists with an emphasis on Al Qaeda and other enemies of the State and its allies.
Prior to 9-11, Joe was assigned to the Department of Justice "Violence Suppression Unit" in Los Angeles where he served as a cross deputized Special Deputy United States Marshal on “America’s Most Wanted” Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team. The mission statement of this unit was to target violent repeat offender, homicide, murder for hire and other such classified criminals who use weapons in the commission of serious crimes, and to impact the proliferation of weapons and explosives into the state. This targeting included single violators, criminal enterprises, street gangs, triads and other forms of organized crime, including terrorist and armed militia groups.
Bruce Carleton is a graduate of the intense casualty care tactical medical program of the nationally rated International School of Tactical Medicine (I.S.T.M.) in Palm Springs, California, and he is a Certified T-CCC Instructor. In addition, Bruce is a certified technician by the Center for Tactical Medicine, Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support Program (C.O.N.T.O.M.S.)
For the last 35 years, Bruce worked as a career paramedic firefighter with the Portland, Maine Fire Department. On average, Bruce responds to five thousand calls per year that involve the entire range of trauma care from cardiac arrest, to drug overdose and bullet wounds.
Additionally he is a Tactical Medic with the Portland Police Department's SWAT team, and is an accomplished firearms instructor. He is a noted instructor in EMS, and has taught various EMS topics throughout the country.
Beginning in 2010, Bruce became a Guest Combatives Instructor at the U.S. Navy S.E.R.E. (Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion) School, in Rangeley, Maine. Bruce teaches the elite troops at S.E.R.E. a unique version of Stand-Up Grappling. He is a student of longtime Carlson Gracie black belt, Julio Fernandez. He is an active and successful competitor and coach in submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu events, including winning gold medals at the 2002 Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. Bruce is also a student of UFC veteran and world rated Vale Tudo, and champion, Mike Brown as well as a judge for the recently recognized M.M.A. tournaments in the state of Maine. He is constantly in demand as a defensive tactics instructor and has developed an innovative approach to training and teaching defensive tactics in realistic combative fighting. He has taught numerous police departments, SWAT teams, and EMS units his unique blend of subject control principles and tactics.
Bruce developed and taught ESI's first responder medical course to resident students for several years and he is a Senior Instructor in ESI’s PSD Combatives and Tactical Med programs. Between 1994 and 2009, Bruce was invited to Mexico to provide medical training for the governor’s protective detail and wealthy industrialists.
PSD PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
The PSD Protective Operations course is focused on the basic concepts and building blocks of Protective Operations in a Combat Zone. Emphasis of training is live action exercises and team operations. The course will cover the following:
Protective Operations Orientation
Low Profile Protective Details in High Risk Zones
Personal Security Detail Operations
Special Protective Issues
The course will begin with an overview of the requirements, duties and responsibilities of a Protection Agent in High Risk environments, including a summary of State Department Protocols for Presidential Security Details (PSD). From the understanding of the operational procedures of enemy tactics, the principles of protection simultaneously evolve and remain constant. Universal protective principles of Cover & Evacuate, Advances, Threat Assessment and Surveillance Detection are taught as constants, but adapting to the tactics of terrorists and the changing needs of the principal.
Students learn the importance of route selection, accurate intelligence and analysis. Emphasis is placed is on methods and strategy to prevent attacks on the Principal or the Team. However, the student will become proficient in the skills necessary to defend against organized assaults, Attacks on Principal (AOP) Drills, Cover and Evacuation and apply AOP Drills in simulated urban ranges.
The Threat, Types and Case Studies
Principal Vulnerability Assessment
The Protective Operational Plan
ADVANCES AND SITE SURVEYS
This component of the training addresses the art of conducting Protective Advances for single-agent and multi-agent details. Pre-Departure Preparations, Site Surveys, Reports and Presentations will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will perform Advances in live urban environment, and learn how the entire protective mission relies on the thoroughness of the Advance, accurate intelligence and pro-active measures.
Beginning with the Principles of Protection, the course covers a wide range of activities and operational skills required on a Protection Detail. Students learn via lecture and discussion, then reinforced learning via a series of practical exercises.
Formations / Working the Principal
Assault on Principal (AOP)
SURVEILLANCE DETECTION & COUNTERMEASURES
Technological advances have broadened the Protective Agents' capability to effectively use the Internet, Google Earth and social networks in support of a protective mission. Students will also learn the importance of physical verification of the information derived from all sources. Instruction is provided in a format that allows the student to obtain a basic understanding of the critical role of surveillance detection in a hostile environment, and how to manage a covert counter surveillance operation.
Contingency Planning / Managing Major Events
Special Mission Posts
Surveillance Detection & Countermeasures
INTELLIGENCE IN PSD OPERATIONS
The Role of Intelligence in PSD Operations is the critical block of ESI’s Teaching Philosophy. It is based on a weeklong realistic scenario called the Red Orchestra. Students begin by a careful study of Al Qaeda’s training manual: "The Management of Savagery", which is Al Qaeda’s playbook for a military/political strategy of conquest to re-establish a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. The early stage of this strategy is focused on achieving a social, economic and political state of Chaos. Students are assigned two countries, one Islamic and the other non-Islamic for country specific intelligence Threat Assessment and Management Plan for the purpose of understanding the common elements in their security threat assessments. While gaining some understanding of the effects of a religiously motivated and a secular criminal gang destabilizing a state, students will learn the dramatic impact of information leakage on a PSD team’s personal security.
Surveillance activities are the foundation of a terrorist or organized criminal attack. Having the ability to detect and validate suspected hostile surveillance during the planning phases of an impending terrorist or criminal attack make it possible for the protective security detail (PSD) to deter and potentially prevent an attack.
The purpose of the Red Orchestra is to expand upon the preceding Surveillance Detection and Countermeasures class by subjecting the student to actual hostile surveillance and attempts to solicit and collect intelligence information. This exercise allows the student to apply the classroom instruction received to a real world setting applicable to PSD operations.
Upon completion of the exercise, students will be able to:
Discuss the critical necessity to maintain operational security (OPSEC) to ensure the safety and security of the principle and members of the protective security detail (PSD).
Identify the types of hostile surveillance employed during the exercise as well as discuss the methods used to collect and solicit intelligence information.
Discuss how the surveillance countermeasures and counter surveillance tactics and techniques employed by the PSD were able to expose and validate the hostile surveillance being conducted.
Identify and discuss how the information gained from the surveillance countermeasures and counter surveillance operations was used to effective plan PSD operations and deter and prevent an attack.
BATTLEFIELD TACTICAL 1st RESPONDER
T-CCC Basic Law Enforcement Certification
This course is taught by Certified Instructors of the NAEMT association. The course prepares combat zone contractors to operate in the austere, hostile world of tactical operations whether it is convoy under assault in the Third World or a Forced Entry in an urban environment.
The T-CCC Basic LE course is designed for YOU to take control and responsibility in the absence of a medic on scene. The course is best suited for law enforcement officers, security contractors and other health care providers. The concepts and techniques taught at ESI are the most current methods practiced in the military and is often referred to by other names, including Save Yourself. Save Your Partner, Self-Aid, Buddy-Aid, Combat Life Saver, and First Responder, etc.
The Tactical First Responder student will be trained and possess the confidence to demonstrate the skills necessary to save a life while under enemy fire. In addition, the student will be tested on their understanding of non-emergency wounds, self-treatment techniques for burns, heat related illnesses and musculoskeletal injuries. The course incorporates lectures, discussions, hands-on skill stations, and individual instructor feedback. The course is built around realistic field training that culminates is high speed, stress induced, tactical drills and a Field Training Exercise (FTX).
BATTLEFIELD T-CCC Basic LE OUTLINE:
How People Die in Combat
CBRNE & Field Expedient Decontamination
Medical Equipment and Gear Selection
Rapid Trauma Patient Assessment
Assessment and Re-Assessment Care
Immediate Action Plans
Management of Airway
Management of Blast Injuries & Burns
Management of Hemorrhage
Management of Tension Pneumothorax
Management of Chest Wounds
SERT –Special Extraction Rescue Techniques
Medical Aspects of Specific Operations
Medical Threat Assessment & Medical Preplanning
Patient Medical Information
Bandaging and Splinting in the Field
First Aid / CPR /AED Certification
EMPTY HAND CLOSE QUARTER COMBAT
A two time Gold Medal winner in International Brazilian Grappling, Philippine and Korean fighting arts, Bruce Carleton has evolved a simplified CQC system for non-martial artists, SWAT Teams, SERE and special military units. It is a form of Stand-Up Grappling designed to blitz the opponent, suddenly and violently. This course combines elements of Stand Up Grappling, Jujitsu and Kick Boxing.
This approach is infinitely flexible in that the operator can insert weapons (blunt, edged, firearm) into the control positions...while the same tactics apply to ALL the operators, the individual pieces can be mixed and matched. For example termination can be in the form of a neck break, a rear naked choke, a spinal compression, blunt trauma, etc. It could be that the operator initiated empty hand, and then accesses a blade or firearm from the primary control point to terminate the threat. Same holds true for restraint or incapacitation.
The above blends seamlessly with STAB which is an extreme close quarter/last resort empty hand response to an all out blade assault...same tactics, same control strategy, same responses from the bad guy, same finishes (including access to firearms, blades, etc.). If follows the same 3x3x3 Rule. Therefore it is easy to assimilate to the students on top of their empty hand tactics.
It is not fancy, nor is it meant to be comprehensive...covering every possible method of attack/defense. It is meant to provide a generic approach to close quarter assault survival that is flexible and a template to build from or add to if the operator wishes to. It is easy to learn, easy to teach, easy to use and works very well with resistance.
Keep it Simple and Savage
Stay on the Offensive
Develop Power for Short Range
Three Point Cover
Crash The Line
Don’t Hang in the Middle Range
Clinch Reference Points
Upper Body Tools
Lower Body Tools
Close Range Handgun Disarms
Take Downs and Defenses
This course consists of a careful collection of documents from government agencies and private sources that analyze a wide variety of terrorist deployment of improvised explosive devices. ATF documents the application of VBIEDs and IEDs by Al Qaeda worldwide, their targets of attack and the means of delivery. The course discusses the wide spread use of shaped charges and land mines by Al Qaeda and Insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan that account for more than 50% of American troop fatalities. The course covers the use of suicide bombers, their motivations, recruitment and sacrificial suicide.
PSD Protection Duties and Responsibilities
Identification of Types of Explosives
Sources of Explosives
Sensitivity and Initiation: Firing Train, Initiators, Firing Systems, Methods of Initiation
Tools of the Trade
Commercial and Military Explosives
Home Made and Incendiary Devices
Search Procedures: Search of Buildings
CARBINE & HANDGUN IN PROTECTIVE OPERATIONS
BASIC CARBINE & HANDGUN
The Basic Carbine & Handgun course begins with an active inventory of shooting skills necessary to qualify with a carbine and handgun. The student must be a Level 1 graduate of ESI EP Shooting Course, recent Military or current Law Enforcement service. The skill base will achieve the following:
Safety, Stripping, cleaning, assemble, function check of the weapon
Fundamentals of marksmanship (Primary & secondary weapons)
Administrative, tactical and speed reload drills (Primary & secondary weapons)
Weapon malfunction drills
Weapon transition drill and Combat speed shooting
Single / multiple shots and targets
Target identification drills
Shooting on the move and Lateral shooting
Firing positions (kneeling, prone, squatting)
Strong / weak hand drills
Two man / four man team tactics
At the end of the Basic course there is a Staff evaluation of student’s basic gun safety and weapon handling for primary & secondary tactics. The student must pass the Staff personal evaluation to qualify to enter the Tactical course. If the student fails to pass the minimum shooting qualifications and staff evaluation, he will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The student will have the option of returning for remedial training or terminate the Program.
TACTICAL CARBINE & HANDGUN
The Tactical Carbine & Handgun course builds on the basics and quickly moves on to higher skill sets. This course will stress the critical importance of immediate and aggressive reaction to assaults or ambushes. Teams will perform Immediate Action Drills (IAD) repeatedly until a coherent response of each team member can be predicted in actual convoy ambushes or protective formations. Once the student is able to demonstrate safe and accurate carbine fire in the basic building blocks of the Course of Fire, the student will advance towards tactical maneuvers in Vehicle Convoys, Assaults on Formations and Assault of Principle, Multiple Threat Response and tactical awareness skills. The IAD drills will focus on reaction to 360 degrees of assault, shooting positions, clearing of the weapon stoppages, re-engagement, accuracy under stress and movement.
Students who complete academic and practical components of the PSD Protective Operations Program will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and an ESI PSD Protective Operations Credential. The Tactical Shooting course includes:
Door Entry Drills
Stress drills / Shoot No Shoot
Shooting from in / around Vehicles
Initiative Based tactics (IBT)
Advanced Room Clearing
Advance Mission Planning
Ballistic Breaching / Mechanical Breaching
Stress Shoots Day / Night
Tactical Movements Under Fire
Suicide Car Bombs Moving target engagement
Target Indication / Identification
Barrier / Medium shooting
*Students without recent military or law enforcement experience (within the last five years) will be required to complete ESI’s 28-Day Executive Protection Program with an 80% or better in order to participate in the PSD Program.
MOTORCADE AMBUSH RESPONSE
CAT TEAM RESPONSE
This final block of instruction is a simulated terrorist assault on convoy with pyro-techniques. Student teams are expected to respond to the assault and protect assets. The course will stress firing from moving vehicle, target engagement and response to convoy ambush.
OVERALL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Students are evaluated in each skill area taught, using a variety of techniques, including practical application exercises and written examinations. These include: