Executive Protection — My Interview With a Tactical & Sports Performance Expert

Executive Protection — My Interview With a Tactical & Sports Performance Expert

Given that these are the primary physical tasks of an executive protection specialist, what should their strength & conditioning goals look like and how should they go about achieving them?

Since a day in the life of an executive protection specialist is unlikely to resemble a “Taken” film, it’s safe to say the majority of your time is spent performing the first four tasks listed above: standing, sitting in vehicles, lifting and carrying heavy things, and retrieving items for your principal. Now, that’s not to say the ability to perform explosive movements such as sprinting, jumping, and striking aren’t important to your role as an executive protection specialist−because they ABSO- LUTELY are−but you need to first consider your not-so-sexy day to day tasks when designing a training program.

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A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

A Physical Security Primer for Executive Protection Professionals

When the term “Physical Security” is brought up in our industry, it is usually accompanied by a smirk or an eye roll.  It is often deemed an “entry level” task that conjures images of Paul Blart the Mall Cop.  No experienced professional would hang their hat on such a rudimentary function, would they?  It has been our experience that physical security is often misunderstood and performed poorly.  Yet, if the principles and concepts of physical security are understood fully and incorporated into the overall protection strategy appropriately (technology, intelligence, etc.), it can be just as critical a component as any other facet of protective operations.

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Red Teaming, Estate Security, and Executive Protection

Red Teaming, Estate Security, and Executive Protection

"Defined loosely, red teaming is the practice of viewing a problem from an adversary or competitor’s perspective. The goal of most red teams is to enhance decision making, by challenging assumptions, specifying the adversary’s preferences and strategies, or by simply acting as a devil’s advocate." (Source: Red Team Journal)

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By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

By the Numbers: US Explosives Incidents and Burglary Incidents (And How It Relates to Estate Security)

In 2016, there were 439 reported bombing incidents in the US, and “residential structures” were targeted more than any other location.

There are a range of crimes directed at estates, which are unique to residential targets (as illustrated previously in this graphic). Obviously burglary, and you have plenty of measures to mitigate that risk, already in place.

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Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

Executive Protection: Estate Security Threat Landscape

This is the introductory article for my new series about estate security: Estate Security Hacks. In the last issue of “Executive Protection Hacks,” I provided a simplified framework for approaching the topic of travel intelligence, highlighting ideas and tools for the reader to use in his or her role as an executive protection analyst.

My intention is to highlight factors that I think are especially relevant for the individual security professionals that staff those estate security programs. This is written with them in mind, less so their managers or their manager's managers (although they'd still get something out of it!).

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