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My Best Practices when sending Agents into Harm’s way.

I’ve been sending guys into harm’s way since 2008 when I first started the company. From Marijuana Burns in the Sinaloa Region to Immigration Routes in Guatemala. This is not something I do easily and with a clear conscious. It takes me some time to decide on a couple of key factors and if the job is even feasible. I’ve turned down many details because the client wasn’t listening to what I had to say. Here are some of the key factors I consider when sending guys into Non-Permissive and Austere environments:

  1. Does the agent have to have a language capability?
  2. Does he look the part?
  3. What kind of Support do I have IVO the operation and how long will it take to mobilize?
  4. Should I let State Dept. know that we are there?
  5. Does my guy/team have cell phone coverage and does he need a SAT Phone?

These are just 5 of many factors a manager would have to consider. In the end we do a good area study, determine the threats and lead/plan thru Intelligence and historical atmospherics. Intelligence led, threat based all the way.

Regards, JG

“If you’re gonna be stupid…you better be hard”

 

These are the words I remember hearing as I muscled my way thru military training. As the training got more physically painful I was always looking for ways to make the pain go away, which in turn led to cutting corners which in turn led to getting caught which then turned into more suffering. The consequence was usually something like endless pushups or sprints to the surf zone. It was a lose, lose situation from the start. So the good news is I got physically hard. Those were the days!

Recently I was asked how I managed to navigate myself and my clients through countless details in MX and South America without being armed. I tell them that sometimes we have armed agents in the detail but mostly we rely on our training to keep me us out of a bad situation. If I find myself in a bad situation I’m going to have to rely on my physical fitness in a huge way. Short bursts of strength and definitly the endurance to get us out of there. When was the last time you got in an all out brawl? Or even just a one on one with somebody? 30 seconds of max effort in a one on one situation for the average man depletes about 40% of your stored energy, so you better make it count. And that’s just one guy. If you’re going to be travelling the globe protecting your Principal(s) without a weapon in this day and age, you better have some skills under your belt…both on the combatives side and on the technical side.

Just saying, JG

Are my Agents burned out?

 

I see this quite a bit, agents that get burned out and just kind of go thru the motions of providing security. Security agents aren’t super humans that can go on for days on end. They also just flat out get bored. Static security watches can be really taxing on the mind. You have a lot of time to think and contemplate your next move. And your next move is always getting off watch as soon as possible. Watches are fulfilling and exciting when the threat is high and there is real danger. Fortunately most watches CONUS are not high threat. Most are deterrence based. Some things that can make a watch more doable are:

  • Give your Teams clear and concise post orders
  • Rotate them often and give them their allotted breaks
  • For longer contracts consider a 6 month rotation or 4.
  • Stick to a consistent schedule so that agents can plan for personal time with family
  • Pay your agents well
  • Give your agents incentives for improving their qualifications
  • Instill a good physical fitness culture
  • Spend at least once a week talking to your agents alone and see how you can improve conditions or the environment
  • Make them feel they can always come to your for issues and always make yourself available.

These are just a few things off the top of my head.

Stay Frosty…..JG

Armed or Unarmed?

 

I am a gun guy,  not a “Gun Nut” but a gun guy. I have been around weapons my whole adult life and am very capable and safety conscious. I train regularly and take care of my guns.

In some areas there is no question about having an armed agent around your principle. Those areas are locations where historically carjacking at gunpoint and kidnappings for ransom are high. In most of these locations unfortunately if your principle is taken there is a good chance they’ll get killed anyway so be prepared. If this is the case you need to be aware of these requirements:

  • Is my agent proficient with his weapon?
  • Can we  (US) carry in this location?
  • Which local nationals can carry in this location?
  • Have  I seen his credentials?
  • What experience does my LN have in doing EP work?

Let’s not just get an armed guy and assume he’ll be able to get your Principle to safety or keep him safe. Although there are many great LNs. out there, unfortunately some are not trained as well and as much on weapons manipulation and safety. Bullets, range time, licensing, and weapons cost more in these areas and are hard to come by.

Ultra high net worth individuals and key persons in Corporate always warrant armed security. Even though good opsec may be in place you can have wrong place at the right time to be a factor.

In some areas on the border that are highly trafficked by US personnel, low incidence areas, daytime travellers, I would go without an armed agent, low profile vehicle in and out. No night time outings, staying in known areas etc…

Some Corporations absolutely demand it. Some do not and always want to go with the minimum. It is our job as a safety provider to educate them and make them aware of all pros and cons. Don’t take a job if you believe the client is trying to steer you a certain way. Give them the facts and the reasons and they will most likely understand your point. Also don’t put your own team at risk just to get the work. Saludos and be safe out there.

JG CEO-Eagle Eye Inc.

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Choosing Armor for your Security Program

For the past 15 years I have been brokering, buying, selling and renting Armor. When clients ask me if they need Armor I always hesitate to just blurt out yes. Times have changed and so have the threats, not to mention enemy TTPs. These are some of the factors I consider when recommending or denying armor requests.

  1. What geographic area will they be visiting or operating in? What are past and current threats in the AO?
  2. Who is traveling? CEO, his family?
  3. What vehicles do I have at my disposal and do they fit into the AO?
  4. Are soft/low profile vehicles better suited?
  5. Does the person(s) traveling have a history of security problems, past incidences, current threat on him or herself?
  6. Is this individual a Key man or woman at his or her organization?

Ask yourself these questions before you roger up to thousands of dollars in budget increases. Saludos. JG CEO – Eagle Eye Inc.

 

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