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Greed in Executive Protection: EP Series on Ethics

Over the next few weeks, I'll touch on some fundamental ethical considerations for creating and maintaining your reputation as a competent and honorable protector. But, for now, let's talk about: Greed in Executive Protection. In the movie Wall Street, Michael...

President Zuma in Jail: 75 Killed in South Africa Riots

Former president Jacob Zuma was arrested last Friday, with 75 people killed in the ensuing South Africa riots. Those well-acquainted with the country's history claim that this was its worst unrest since the end of apartheid. Riots derailed the country...

The Things You Should Know About Covert Operations

According to The Free Dictionary, covert operations are so planned and executed to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. They differ from clandestine operations, which agencies or individuals perform in secret and that stay...

What Is Close Protection Security + Becoming an Officer

What is close protection security? How do I start doing close protection, and how do I even know that it’s right for me? What responsibilities do close protection officers have?  If you’re new to the industry or thinking about joining,...

Transitioning from Military Service into Executive Protection Roles

Whether it is Executive Protection (EP), Dignitary Protection (DP), or Protective Services Operations (PSO), translating military skills into executive protection is certainly feasible if you are honest with yourself and do a bit of homework. Moreover, a military service...

Concentric Circles of Protection in EP

The art of protecting people is much more than dark sunglasses, a black suit, a tie, and an earpiece. As with any security operation, the security professional ― especially in the executive protection sector ― must also rely on...

What Is a Red Team and Do You Need One?

Red teaming is applicable in airport security, intelligence agencies, cybersecurity, and the military. It is the method of rigorously challenging policies, systems, plans, and assumptions by fostering an adversarial approach. Hence, a red team is a group that puts...

10 People Die in California Rail Yard Shooting

Before taking his own life, mass shooter and public transit employee Samuel Cassidy killed nine coworkers at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. The event took place on Wednesday, May 26, after which the Santa Clara County Sheriff Office...

High-Value Personnel: Identifying and Mitigating Behavioral Dispositions

Since leaving the U.S. Government, people have asked me many times what it was like to protect high-value personnel (HVP) resettled in the United States due to their cooperation and involvement in U.S. Government national security programs. The answer is...

The Fundamentals of Special Forces Training Program

High-tech gear, physical fitness, and unwavering willpower are probably the first things that come to mind when you think of special forces. However, to become a distinctive soldier, you need to go through a rigorous special forces training program. During...

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Foreign Travel Security and the Personal Security Protective Detail

Today’s VIPs, CEOs, and executive leaders live a life of frequent air travel often hopping from continent to continent....

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