A Good Resume

By Bruce Alexander

As a business owner, I read a significant amount of cover letters and resumes. I really don’t mind because I find it interesting to read about what people have done (more accurately, claim they have done). Regrettably I’ve noticed a propensity in certain professions that draw heavily from military, former military, law enforcement, security, firefighters etc…to write resumes that are simply non-responsive to the requirements.

This is really unfortunate because I believe that otherwise capable individuals are missing great opportunities merely because they can’t write a decent resume that has a better than average chance of being read. If most of these resume writers could make a few simple tweaks to their resume, I think their prospects might be significantly increased.

So here are some tips that I have learned overtime from reviewing thousands of resumes to help you write the good executive protection resume:

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Personal Security Concerns Rank High Among High Net Worth Individuals

By Bruce Alexander

According to a survey of high net worth individuals (over $500K) personal security is a primary concerns. In a survey conducted by Prince & Associates, concerns about being victimized by acts of violence grew as levels of wealth grew.

These survey results are hardly surprising since these high net worth individuals represent far more attractive targets for criminals than the less wealth. However the more wealthy have the ability to take the necessary precautions to avoid becoming victims of crimes. This makes them far less susceptible to becoming victims of petty crime since they can afford to live an insular lifestyle. Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there.

Unfortunately this also means that they will likely face a much more determined criminal who has planned, and prepared for a criminal attack since their access to the high net worth individual is going to be far less than the less wealthy.

For the Executive Protection specialist, an awareness of this concern should help to understand what’s important to the high net worth protectee and enable you to respond to those concerns. From another perspective, it also points to employment and business opportunities for those Executive Protection specialists who provide protective services to the high net worth community. But be forewarned.

These individuals did not get this way by throwing their money away. Just because they can afford more doesn’t mean they will spend more or spend recklessly. Indeed, my experience is that high net worth individuals expect a certain level of performance and tend to be less forgiving when you don’t provide it.

Conversely don’t expect to have many “do-overs,” since there is no shortage of service providers for the higher end of the income spectrum. As with anything, your reward will be proportional to the level of service you provide.

Close Quarter Combat Skills For Executive Protection

By Bruce Alexander

I’m constantly on the lookout for tactical concepts that have applicability to Executive Protection. A while back I discussed Richard Nance’s “Winning in The Kill Zone” as a worthwhile read for Executive Protection. I see lots of similarity and applicability in Kevin Davis’ article “The Combat Draw Stroke.” Like Richard Nance, Kevin Davis focuses on a close range tactical application which when analyzed, has a direct applicability to Executive Protection. I won’t try and rewrite the entire article for you since Mr. Davis does a superb job of getting the point across (therefore no need for me to muck it up with my two cents) but here’s where I see the Combat Draw Stroke as applicable for the Executive Protection community:

First, quick on target. With a close-in threat, and the very real possibility of multiple assailants, quick on target is a must for Executive Protection. Not that it’s any less important for anyone else, but the Executive Protection specialist usually does not have the ability to seek cover, or buy time or space by issuing commands during an assault on a principal (AOP). As I indicated in one of my earlier postings, the presence of a homicide bomber (assuming he/she has been detected) doesn’t allow much time or to assess multiple options before acting. Therefore, quick on target is a must for Executive Protection.

Second, response to spontaneous attacks. Let’s face it, in a crowd situation, your ability to adequately scan hands and demeanor is seriously stressed. Therefore the Executive Protection specialist must expect to confront a spontaneous attack. The standard Law Enforcement approach to escalation of force commensurate with the escalation of the threat, is usually not an option. Therefore the ability to draw in response to a spontaneous attack is paramount.

Third, draw and shoot with one hand. As I read this article I thought about the times during an Executive Protection mission that shooting with one hand might be a very real consideration during an AOP. I came to the conclusion, more often than not. One hand shooting takes on a real possibility when you start to consider the times we can be deprived of the ability to use two handed shooting given the nature of the Executive Protection assignment. One hand shooting is another one of those tactics that we must be ready to do.

Anyway, there are those who are far more skilled at this than I am but for me, this article was exceptionally enlightening.

Driving Considerations For Executive Protection

By Bruce Alexander

I thought this article by Steve Ashley was as much applicable to the Executive Protection community as it is to the patrol function in Law Enforcement. With the high profile accident of Governor Corzine and the spotlight on Executive Protection and Executive Protection specific driving skills, Mr. Ashley’s reminder that driving skills are perishable skills is equally true for the Executive Protection community.

I have also been thinking about those agencies and organizations with protective details that are not staffed full time with Executive Protection agents who have to transition from one mind set to another. There is another set of challenges there which should be addressed in terms of training and policy.

We have at least three considerations when it comes to Executive Protection specific driving. First, we have the motorcade portion which calls for certain skills. Second, we have the emergency driving aspect which is performed during an attack and Third, we have accident avoidance or safety considerations which is performed in the motorcade formation as well as in response to a threat/attack.

One lesson learned from the Corzine incident, is that the Executive Protection community must consider driving on the same par as firearms or protective tactics. It’s not only the high speed low-drag stuff that will get us into trouble. It’s also the mundane (or what is perceived as mundane) such as accident avoidance and motorcade discipline. We can’t afford to be complacent with the ordinary.

Automating Perimeter Protection for Executive Protection

By Bruce Alexander

There’s a a product on the market that merits serious consideration for planning and integrating physical security features into an Executive Protection Plan (EPP).

Lighthouse is an Israeli computer aided design (CAD) program that assists in planning and designing physical security perimeters. Lighthouse integrates digital terrain models, with aerial and satellite imagery, GIS technology, sensor specifications, engineering and environmental data, and thereby creates a 3D interactive representation of the perimeter. The program “helps users analyze the terrain, identify weak spots, define physical obstacles, propose location of obstacles, and analyze technological obstacles” before the actual sensors are implaced.

Used correctly, Lighthouse designs plans for a variety of sensors configured to the actual terrain as opposed to “force fitting” technology to the environment. What I like about the concept of Lighthouse is that it you can model how sensors will act or react in a given environment before you can actually position those sensors. This seems like a very cost effective and efficient way to design a physical security perimeter as opposed to placing sensors and then trying to determine whether those sensors are appropriate for the terrain and vulnerabilities later on.

I can see multiple applications where Lighthouse can assist in designing a security perimeter with EP applications. The most obvious application would be designing and integrating physical security measures for estates and executive residences with a significant surrounding land. Another application might be private aviation facilities or marinas. Of course, Lighthouse can also be used for corporate facility security planning where EP is a consideration or concern.

As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m a big proponent of using physical security measures to enhance Executive Protection.  Lighthouse might be one of those products worth considering for an EP application.

As usual with all of my product reviews, I have nothing to do with whatsoever with Lighthouse.