Intelligence and Close Protection: A Practitioner’s Primer

By Kristin Lenardson Schwomeyer and  Charles Randolph The article is the personal opinions of the authors and not their employers. The notion of ‘intelligence’ covers a broad spectrum of concepts.  It conjures an array of images from military operations utilizing drones to attack a predetermined target, to clandestine spies meeting with sources in a dark corner of a bar in Prague, or … [Read more...]

A List of Books Authored by ISDA Members

The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World – ISDA Member Frank Gallagher http://www.amazon.com/The-Bremer-Detail-Protecting-Threatened/dp/1497643988 Left of Bang – a book co-authored by ISDA member Patrick Van Horne http://www.amazon.com/Left-Bang-Marine-Combat-Program/dp/1936891301 Principal Protection; Lessons Learned – The Evolution of Protective … [Read more...]

TBT- The Scotti School Newsletter for the Protective Services Community

Starting in the mid 80’s the Scotti School published a quarterly newsletter for the Protective Services Community. They were hard copies distributed the old fashion way – US mail. Over the years the newsletter morphed into the ISDA Pulse. ISDA is an acronym for the International Security Driver Association. Although concentrating on secure transportation the newsletter is of value to all in the … [Read more...]

Training – Certification and Experience

Two topics of discussions that dominate social media, both in the U.S. and abroad are certification and the state of training in the protection industry. In reality, the two subjects cannot be separated. IMHO – The job market wants, and will support, a certification that meets standards set by respected industry and government organizations. Those who supply job opportunities welcome a … [Read more...]

Where It All Began

Last week I went back to the original Scotti School roots, I visited Thompson Speedway in Thompson CT. The track in CT. is where, in the early 70’s, the original Scotti School ran its first training programs in the US (The Scotti School started in South America). Thompson Raceway was the first purpose built road racing course and first asphalt high-banked oval in America. There is now a New … [Read more...]