Just got off a (LONG) 22 hr flight from South Africa. Touched down and received word that the Today Show piece we did in conjunction with Harlan Austin at Bodyguard Careers aired. I’ll get a proper post up later, but in the meantime, catch the segment.
And if your interested in learning more about the training (for males or females) click HERE.
Video of the program behind the jump.
Gail Posner, the wealthy daughter of Victor Posner, died at age 67. In her will she left approximately 10 Million to her daughter. And while that’s an amazing story, particularly for our profession, like everything else there’s more to it. Ms. Posner, might have been, well, slightly “off” before her death, as she also willed the largest portion of her inheritance (around 20 million) to her household staff so that they can care for her 3 pets??? Her only son, got pennies.
I’m thinking this one is going to court.
Read the strange story HERE.
South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
For the full story: Click HERE.
It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES
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While you won’t find them at Macy’s or Saks, Colombian designer Miguel Caballero has created a polo shirt “resistant” to rounds from an Uzi machine gun. Mr. Caballero claims to have outfitted dignitaries such as President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia. I could see the demand from both of these guys.
The shirt comes in multiple levels of protection:
Level 1 IIA: 9mm / 40 Smith and Wesson FMJ
Level 2 II: 9mm / .357 Magnum / 38 Super / Mini Uzi submachine gun
Level 3 IIIA: Uzi machine gun / MP5,MP9 submachine gun / 44 Magnum SJHP / Stab-proof
And of course the price $, 4000 USD.
A small preview of the training for the upcoming ICON Advanced Pistol Course. Here Senior Firearms Instructor’s Justin Johnson & Mike Briggs run through a live-fire vehicle engagement.
For more information on signing up for the advanced pistol training, or other classes offered, click HERE.
Video behind the jump.
The day before the Presidential Inauguration I had the opportunity to sit inside “The Beast” Impressive to say the least. I remember thinking that like most things in this world, it’s not what you see on the outside that matters, but what’s hidden under the hood.
For more of the history of the vehicle protecting the sitting US President click HERE.
The Circuit is a Magazine co-produced by the British Bodyguard Association (BBA) and the North American Bodyguard Association (NABA) who’s goal is to spotlight the role of Executive Protection & related fields to our community and the outside world. A full-color glossy with high production values, the publication is truly international, with contributors and readers from New Zealand to New Hampshire. In addition to being the Managing US Editor, I currently write an ongoing column entitled, “Keeping Your Edge”, which gives my opinions on a variety of topics that affect our industry. Take a look at some of the past columns from me as well as other valued contributors.
Currently in the library:
Keeping Your Edge
by Elijah Shaw (yours truly)
The Role of Firearms in Executive Protection
by Justin Johnson
To check out the Books & Magazine Page, click HERE.
Summer’s almost here, and so I felt like since I was spring cleaning, I needed a fresh coat of paint. You’re now looking at Version 3.0 of the Bodyguard Blog. Hope you like the new layout as much as the people around the office do. Lots of interactivity and multimedia modules, plus easy to access links to the most popular articles and post.
p.s., Don’t forget to leave a comment, as I’ve always considered a Blog to be a 2-way exchange of information.