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...]

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...]

Vans – SUV’s – Armored Vehicles – and Training

Article By - Joe Autera - Larry Side - and Tony Scotti - Below is an article that appeared in the New York Times, it is about the danger of 15 passenger vans. Many years back we conducted training for a government agency that used 15 passenger vans as escort vehicles. They escorted 18 Wheel armored trucks. (A future article) The equipment they carried in the vans made them top heavy - a lot of … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous Ramblings of an Old Man Part Four

This all started a year and a half ago, as a platform to express my heightened sense of sarcasm (it happens when you get old). The Ramblings have taken on a life of their own, receiving many views and comments. Some of the comments have provoked lively discussions. This is the fourth set of ramblings. My Ramblings A quote from Theoretical Physicists Steve Hawkings - The greatest enemy of … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned from Two Assassination – by Scott Stewart of Stratfor

Again Stratfor is at the tip of the spear. They not only supply useful information but supply lessons learned that are invaluable. The most recent is Lebanon: Lessons from Two Assassinations | Stratfor As important as the data is the comment by the author Scott Stewart “This failure does not mean that protective security measures are useless in an environment such as Lebanon or fatalistically … [Read more...]