The Tactical Tracking Operations School, Inc. (TTOS) is an Arizona based, veteran/minority owned small business. Established in 1994, TTOS was the first to offer Combat and Tactical Tracking training in the United States. TTOS is comprised of several partners, all subject matter experts (SME’s) within their discipline; which we refer to as our core SME’s. Our team of partners are the chief instructors and program leads for all of our programs of instruction as well as the business management team of TTOS. TTOS is also registered under the name of “Tactical Training Options and Solutions” in order to reflect a greater diversity in program offerings, some related to tracking, some are not. What your preconceptions may be about what we do and who we are, represent a fraction of the reality.
TTOS Past, Present and Future
Our programs have direct lineage to the very foundation of tracking in context to conflict, scouting and all manner of warfare. As a company we’re based out of the very place that the original US Army Scouts were stationed and worked extensively. From those scouts (Seiber, Horn, Free and Burnham, to name a few) came the early beginning and establishment of Combat Tracking TTP’s (tactics, techniques, procedures), many of which we still teach today; in either general theory, direct application and/or tactical absolutes. We are the managers of the Combat and Tactical Tracking knowledge base for our military, allies, law enforcement and homeland security. From the early beginnings, through multiple conflicts worldwide, to today, there is no greater depth of knowledge in Tactical Tracking Operations than the core group that started this company and operates it to this day. Our ability to issue Army certificates of completion for our courses is testament to those facts. We are the ONLY ones.
Major Frederick Russell Burham was one of the pivotal personas in the application of tracking in conflict and counterinsurgency.
Following the counterinsurgency campaigns in the southeast, he left for South Africa. He later became the Chief of Scouts in Rhodesia, imparting on them the lessons he and the scouts learned, their TTP’s and methods for conducting irregular warfare supported by Combat Tracking. Many of these lessons he learned from the original US Chief of Scouts, Al Sieber. There are a handful of valuable nuggets we use from those conflicts that we have integrated directly into our Unconventional Warfare programs and they work stellar, in an operational sense.
Another critical piece of the foundation of what we do comes from the work of the great Alan Savory.
As a ranger with the Colonial Service in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in the 1950s, Savory frequently found himself on the trail of rogue elephants and man-eating lions. For particularly high-risk fauna, the rangers usually relied on native trackers. Savory noticed, however, that when it came to lions, particularly those that developed a taste for humans, the trackers invariably “lost” the trail to avoid an encounter. If he was to do his job, he had to teach himself to track. This is a very similar process by which the US Scouts developed their own tracking ability – it was problem based.
For Alan, this was how he found himself at dusk on his hands and knees, maneuvering through the undergrowth, drawing on what he’d learned from observing native trackers and the nuances of the landscape to help him catch a wild animal that could very well kill him. He continued creeping along the forest floor for some 30 or 40 yards until he came to a narrow part of the bush that the lion had gone through.
These days, Savory is best known for developing Holistic Management, a decision-making process for land use in which practitioners manage livestock so that their behavior mimics that of their untamed counterparts. Experiences like that close call with the lion play into his work today: Savory believes his tracking skill enabled him to develop the Holistic Management framework. Only a tracker would drop to all fours to assess marks and patterns on the soil surface and envision the precise action of hooves that created them.
Additionally, Alan is THE ONE that developed the concept for the Tracker Combat Unit and the Selous Scouts during the Bush Wars.
Alan’s program for Combat Tracking provided a large part of the foundation for the soldiers and scouts to come. Were it not for Alan and his work, there would have been no organized tracking capability in use at the time and no Selous Scouts either. Alan started the Combat Tracker course in Rhodesia, and was the program lead.
Tracking is an art that has guided Savory through several decades of stalking wild game and, later, guerrilla warfare. It also has contributed to key insights about how animal behavior can be harnessed to improve the condition of the land, especially in regions like his native Zimbabwe with long dry seasons during which ruminants are conveyers of soil fertility and moisture.
Read More About Alan Savory Here: http://discovermagazine.com/2015/dec/15-track-and-field
We are fortunate and proud to have a relationship with Alan and to call him part of the team.
Alan’s current endeavors come together nicely with our Anti-Poaching programs in Africa. Our base doctrine for Anti-Poaching – Enforce, Protect, Restore – means that reversing desertification through Alan’s work is key in the restoration area. Land that can be farmed creates food and jobs. These two things are important when it comes to changing or reversing the conditions that create the poaching problem.
Our team is The Core Group of tracking and manhunting professionals that are currently operating and instructing, worldwide.
With offices and established training areas in Africa, the Philippines, Arizona, Washington State, Hawaii, California, North Carolina and the Netherlands, we have found ourselves in a position of full-time global operation. Our team is small, and as a team and business, recognized as the premier source of professional ability within our areas of expertise – Combat and Tactical Tracking, current related doctrine, strategy and tactics.
Our team is small for good reason. It took a lot of time and a global search to assemble the team that we have and we are extremely proud to have each and every one of them.
Our search will continue. When you see people added to our team (even one every few years would be difficult to achieve), know that they represent the best of ability in our areas of core competency on a global scale. The team concept is important. We started that way 1994 and continue to operate in the same manner. The collective experience of one person cannot be compared to the wealth of knowledge and expertise of a group of subject matter experts. It’s also the way we learn from each other and continue to develop professionally.
Our core competencies and base of knowledge are reflected in our courses: Combat and Tactical Tracking (North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe), Escape and Evasion, Unconventional Warfare CTC, Advanced Concepts in Counter-Guerrilla Operations, Austere Recovery/PR (ARC – North America, Asia, Africa), Anti-Poaching Unit Training and Poaching Network Defeat (Africa), Advanced Mountaineering, Rural Law Enforcement Operations, Law Enforcement Manhunting Operations Strategies and Tactics (LEMOST – train the trainer, supervision and command), Explosive Hazards Detection, Cross-Border Interdiction, High Angle Target Interdiction, Tactical Hemorrhage Control (TCCC for LE and military), High Environment Altitude Training (HEAT) and SOF Interview and Interrogation Techniques and Tactics.
Briefly, our UW Courses have been broken down and shaped into focus,
UWCTC 1.0 – Combat Tracker Basic and Advanced in a COIN environment and scenario, UWCTC 1.1 – Team Signature Reduction/Escape and Evasion, UWCTC 1.2 – Targeting Operations, UWCTC 1.3 – Personnel Recovery, UWCTC 1.4 – Counter Guerrilla Operations, UWCTC 1.5 – Force Protection and UWCTC 1.6 – Border/Counter Proliferation Operations. With only 15 days to run a course that has generally been done in 4-6 weeks, it is imperative to get the course sharpened to a point, in context, to the units’ mission or missions to come.
We all have a vested interest in the safety of our communities and the security of our country.
To offer anything less than the best in the way of instruction and end-state outcomes for law enforcement and the military is counter-intuitive. We are here to serve the needs of our communities, and those of our country, through expert-level service to those that we come into contact with and provide services for, who in turn ensure community safety, the security of our nation and the security and sovereignty of partner nations. Every member of our organization feels this same way and espouses the same values. Ethics, truth, honesty, service and humility are values at our core.
We are The Professionals and it is a great honor to be able to do what we do, and who we do it for (mostly true and quiet professionals). No matter what we do and on what continent we do it on, we deliver the desired end-state outcomes of the units and individuals we train. Those outcomes range from success in interdicting elephant and rhino poachers in Africa, conducting austere recovery operations and personnel recovery worldwide, law enforcement manhunts of dangerous fugitives, visual detection of explosive hazards/C-IED, Combat Tracking (P3I), Unconventional Warfare, internal foreign defense, intelligence gathering, recce, counter-guerrilla operations, jungle warfare in the Philippines, working with television networks as SME’s and trainers, setting up/standing up enduring programs for ours and allied militaries, etc.
Enduring Programs We Have Built
– Combat Tracker:
This course was built for the military and hosted by the University of Military Intelligence, Fort Huachuca AZ. This was a full-time sponsored program for the Army for many years. Many soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen attended (1.000’s in total). We are still the only company authorized to issue Army certificates of completion for Combat Tracker. It’s our program(s). Kerr and Lightfoot are the program leads for this course.
– Combat Hunter:
This course was built by us, specifically for the United States Marine Corps, and is in current operation out of both Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejune. Combat Hunter was a custom course concept request from the USMC, based around tracking, profiling, observation and the development of intelligence. One of our former instructors, David Scott-Donelan, was originally assigned by TTOS as the SME and program lead, once it was completed. The program leads for this course are unknown. It is a contract administered by General Dynamics now.
– Unconventional Warfare Combat Tracker Course:
The Unconventional Warfare Combat Tracker course combines six complementary skills into a unified and basic knowledge base. This base of knowledge compliments UW efforts and clandestine operations and are based on specific facts and observations, linked to specific persons in specific places and conducted within a common operational picture, working directly and efficiently toward the desired mission and policy outcomes. The desired intent is for an ODA to do all these things (detailed below) with a greatly reduced signature, or preferably, without being detected at all.
The purpose of UWCTC is the integration of observation, combat profiling, combat tracking, terrain profiling, target science, recce and surveillance into ODA level UW operations.
These skills will aid in collecting, managing, and processing information in order to develop intelligence driven UW operations in locales where electronic ISR means are largely ineffective.
Through this course, ODA’s will be able to conduct operations based upon the gathering of objective facts and evidence, contrasted against any available HUMINT/SIGINT information, ISR feeds and solid deductive reasoning. The end result and intention is the ability to conduct ODA level operations with a clear and objective view of the area of operation (permissive or non-permissive), covertly.
1. Observation – Awareness, being visually attuned and fully immersed into the operational environment – to become part of it. Visual stand-off interrogation of threats such as IED’s, “booby traps” and other explosive hazards. Terrain profiling used in conjunction with immersion to predetermine likely avenues, locations of ambushes or unwanted contact with combatants or non-combatant indigenous persons. Identifying sources of intelligence, applying ES2 concepts, battlefield acuity and conducting predictive analysis
2. Combat Tracking – The ability to objectively and correctly identify and interpret signs and action indicators left behind by combatants (or anyone), conduct follow operations, recce and surveillance operations and pursue and interdict HVI’s through the TTOS P3I (pressure, pursuit, PID and interdiction) system
3. Combat Profiling – Profiling people, the terrain, and other specific targets, in an effort to gain a clear operational picture and conduct predictive analyses through objective fact, direct information and deductive and inductive processes.
4. Team Signature Reduction – The ability to conduct operations in any environment without being detected, or at a minimum, mitigating the ODA’s observable presence, signature and subsequent liability.
5. Infiltration, Exfiltration and Escape and Evasion – The ability of an ODA to use all of the above skills to operate within any environment with a greatly reduced signature. The ability for an ODA to use anti and counter tracking techniques to remove or greatly mitigate any latent signature of their presence during infiltration, exfiltration or escape and evasion.
6. Personnel Recovery (including CSAR) – The ability to locate personnel in rural, arid, desert, woodland, forested and jungle environments through the use of all of the previously listed and defined training outcomes. The personnel recovery operations can be used by an ODA to locate and conduct an assisted exfiltration of persons, virtually regardless of circumstance.
-Rural Law Enforcement Operations Academy:
The RLEO (and RNOC) Academy is THE STANDARD for law enforcement manhunting operations instruction. To put it simply, anything else is not to standard. The RLEO was designed precisely the same way Combat Tracker was – identify lessons learned, integrate them into modules of instruction within the program, train them in context and put it to the test. We can say we 100% certainty that there is no other source of instruction that will give you the same result. How can we say this, you ask? That’s simple, we looked within and contrasted our programs against realworld applications and made the necessary adjustments, additions and improvements. We are constantly validating and revalidating all of our programs. This is why our current programs, whereas they have similarities to our older legacy programs, are completely different. For law enforcement, in a one hour block of instruction, we can solve 75% of your small, large and multijurisdictional manhunting concerns. How? – you have to address the big picture first. The big picture of the RLEO Academy is designed to ensure the TTOS 4 Cornerstones of Tactical Operations are maintained at all times.
A prudent person of reasonable caution would have to ask themselves why it is that it is our people that succeed where others merely follow, or attempt to. The saying goes, “Justice Follows”, and that’s fine, but at TTOS, we will run you into the ground. During the RLEO Academy, we share with you the secrets that make all this possible.
-Anti-Poaching and Environmental Crimes Enforcement:
Our Train-Advise-Assist approach works hand-in-hand with our “Enforce, Preserve, Restore” model for wildlife and endangered species protection, preservation of the environment and the “rewilding” of areas in Africa/Asia through restoration. This involves our SME’s working operationally with anti-poaching units against paramilitary forces and criminal organizations engaged in poaching African elephants and rhinos. However, it has been clearly identified that these forces are also engaged in other illicit activities as part of a broader criminal organization. Cross border proliferation of materials, human trafficking, poaching, banditry in general, kidnapping, and ideology-based acts are all part of the greater organizations; either in part or whole.
“Enforce, Preserve and Restore” is a great model to follow and one that we are proud of.
Restoration begins literally at the ground level, which is where Allan Savory and the Savory Institute comes into play. Mr. Savory, if you do not know, was one of the greatest Combat Trackers and Combat Tracking instructors in Africa, virtually developing the foundation of the system that we teach now.
The model and solution that Mr. Savory and his people bring is amazing, and not as far outside the box as it initially appears. It is a logical, practical and holistic solution. To bring about effective rewilding of vast regions requires the basic elements for survival to be in place. Restoring grasslands and literally changing the environment and climate through the Savory Institute’s approach is key to the holistic approach that we endorse and use.
Anti-poaching is largely a law enforcement operation.
That means that it takes law enforcement experience and operational expertise to develop the doctrine, program and plan of instruction and oversee the professional development of the units in training. Several of our SME’s have law enforcement experience including, but not limited to: field operations, narcotics, organized crime, border protection, marine enforcement, game/resource management, VICE, major crimes investigations, SWAT, corrections, inmate recovery and law enforcement supervision and command. Anti-poaching is serious work and requires serious, well thought out and expertly implemented solutions. Unfortunately, not all see it that way.
We worked recently with a government in South America that uses a similar model, in that they will track, apprehend and turn guerrillas.
We have learned from this approach and understand some of the pitfalls that one may encounter in using such a process. Our ability to learn from many OE’s enables us to bring about the proper solution based on good information. Many militaries and governments have used such a model, whereby they turned enemy combatants into scouts, soldiers or informants and paid them well to do so. However, it has really only worked smoothly once. It was used in countries like Rhodesia during the Chimurenga/Bush Wars, but not broad enough, nor quickly enough to be as effective as it could have been.
Habitat restoration is HUGE. The argument some make is that poachers, if not killed, will go on poaching. They may go on to commit more acts of poaching, but like other countries we work within, the economy or access to money through legitimate employment has a massive effect on crime. Restoration of the environment means more than just habitat for endangered species, it means farmable land. Farming creates not just food, but work as well (sound COIN’ish?)
This is all part of the holistic solution at work, one that we are very proud to be a part of. It is an endeavor worth undertaking. What has been attempted in Africa over the last 25 years has clearly not worked, largely because of the vacuum left behind and the dogmatic manner of implementation. We are trying desperately to change the approach. We are partnered with organizations like Chengeta Wildlife, the European Union, individual African governments and UNOPS; who are all attempting and pursuing the necessary changes to the current approach.
-About the Chengeta Wildlife and TTOS relationship (from Chengeta):
We partner with the Tactical Tracking Operations School, to deliver the best and most complete anti-poaching training available. TTOS is the leading provider of tactical and technical training programs to governments, law enforcement agencies and the military. It was the first company to offer such services and remains the premier source today.
It is the only organization to provide specialized training in Combat Tracking, Tactical Tracking, Man-Hunting and other related disciplines to all branches of the US armed forces, state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement as well as Search and Rescue organizations. TTOS is the trainer of choice for elite law enforcement and military units around the world, including American Special Operations Forces of all branches.
TTOS provides training through Chengeta Wildlife at well under its usual rate, in recognition of the value of our mission to wildlife and communities, as well as our charitable status. This allows us to deliver world-class training to even more rangers, at a cost that no other organization can match and at a level of expertise available exclusively through the Chengeta Wildlife-TTOS partnership. As an organization, TTOS has deep roots in Africa, as does Chengeta Wildlife.
TTOS is an organization that, through the expertise of its experts, has produced more students-turned-instructors than any other provider of tracking and irregular warfare programs.
The ultimate goal is to create through our courses the competencies, skills, knowledge and abilities to enable anti-poaching units to maintain, through their own expertise, their capabilities whilst sustaining and then growing their programs and overall effectiveness. Self-actualization of the individual ranger is crucial.
The absolute goal of the Chengeta Wildlife-TTOS partnership is empowerment through the best anti-poaching training, doctrine, strategies and tactics available; which is given to course attendees and representative governing bodies. This creates self-sustaining anti-poaching programs that endure over time. This is the investment made and the profit realized. As a system and doctrine as a whole, this is wildlife protection at its best.
TTOS is dedicated to maintaining and further developing the art of visual tracking and providing consulting solutions and specialized training such as technical tracking, targeting, network defeat, C-IED and advanced counterinsurgency (COIN) for the benefit of the US Military, US Special Operations Forces, and Law Enforcement Agencies involved in countering rural, urban, domestic, and international threats. TTOS teaches military and enforcement personnel to become hunters instead of the hunted and therefore, increases their survivability in combat and life-threatening situations.
Merging ancient and contemporary hunting skills with 21st Century technologies, techniques, tactics, and procedures (TTP’s) to provide the most innovative and effective methods of manhunting, targeting, special reconnaissance, personnel recovery, escape and evasion and network defeat techniques developed worldwide.
To continue operation as a world-class provider of tactical training for military and law enforcement agencies in the United States and abroad by employing tactical instruction SME’s and Computer Based Training/e-Learning platforms, merging all things together toward the desired end-state.
The Corporate values of TTOS, its permanent staff, and associate staff shall be:
- Cost-effective solutions
In 1994 the Tactical Tracking Operations School (TTOS) became the very first privately owned company to offer Tactical Tracking and Combat Tracking Training to Military and Law Enforcement personnel in the United States. The TTOS Management Team set out to revive what was becoming a vanishing skillset within the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement Communities. The TTOS Team’s effort and diligence not only resuscitated visual tracking, it also established the standard in the United States for Tactical/Combat Tracking, and created a brand new tactical training market within the United States.
Since then, and as a necessity, we have moved forward and redefined Combat Tracking and Tactical Tracking. We were successful in our mission that began in 1994 and naturally we have raised the bar. The saying goes,
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see”
– Arthur Schopenhauer
The target we could see, we hit and hit hard and achieved our company’s objective, as a team. Seeing the growth and success that we had after hitting the mark, many jumped in to participate, after the fact. The “genius” is in what we have done since then (especially from 2009 forward) and why we have not written a book about it. We have changed the game again, as asymmetric rules demand, and have further developed our “Apex Programs”(2012-present) far in advance of our older legacy programs (1994-2009 and 2009-2012), hitting the targets that nobody else could or can see.
Please click on the “Our Mascot” page for more on our advanced Apex programs. It will all make perfect sense from there.
Our core competencies (what we do) and base of knowledge are reflected in our courses: Combat and Tactical Tracking (North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe), Escape and Evasion, jungle warfare, Unconventional Warfare CTC, Advanced Concepts in Counter-Guerrilla Operations, Austere Recovery/PR (ARC – North America, Asia, Africa), Anti-Poaching and Environmental Crimes Unit Training and Poaching Network Defeat (Africa), Advanced Mountaineering, Rural Law Enforcement Operations, Law Enforcement Manhunting Operations Strategies and Tactics (LEMOST – train the trainer, supervision and command), Explosive Hazards Detection, Cross-Border Interdiction, High Angle Target Interdiction, Tactical Hemorrhage Control (TCCC for LE and military), High Environment Altitude Training (HEAT) and SOF Interview and Interrogation Techniques and Tactics.
Additionally, our core competencies of what we do can be found in curriculum design, adult learning concepts, instruction methodology and management.
In short, in what we do, we do it the best. That’s what we’re “about”.
In the natural world, or even your immediate environment, there are observations to be made, processed and interpreted. Contemporarily, as a population, we are largely far from attuned to our environment. This fact lends itself toward a low-level of awareness and makes the apex predator on this planet (us) weak and vulnerable.
Contrast the first paragraph against what we’re about to tell you about our “mascot” – the Cougar, also known as the Mountain Lion. A cougar, within its environment, is an apex predator. An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator, super predator, top predator or top-level predator, is a predator residing at the top of a food chain on which no other creatures predate. This is where we as a company exist, within our business models, individual disciplines and the instruction therein.
In our courses, the essence of the Cougar is embodied in the learning outcomes. For example, the UWCTC Course demands total immersion into the environment, to learn it, to know it and to be able to gather essential information from it that promotes an unparalleled level of awareness. Like the Cougar, team members are able to process this information in order to make tactical decisions, wherein they use the environment to go undetected while operational, only to be seen at the last minute by their quarry. Additionally, like the Cougar, they take on the mindset of the apex predator, much like our motto of “Always the Hunter – Never the Hunted”.
The Cougar is part of the natural environment, students are taught to become the same, to use the environment as a means of survivability, reducing the team’s signature within the environment and as a small unit, choosing the time, place and nature of contact with the quarry. Whereas most people are lucky to just find the quarry being sought, we pick the exact place of interdiction – owning the hunt.
Like the epitome of the “lone operator”, the Cougar is the apex predator and if you’ve ever spent much time in the forests, jungles and some deserts, you’ve probably never seen them. However, within that time you’ve spent in the Cougar’s (or any large cat’s) environment, he has seen you and studied you, guaranteed; and has gone completely undetected.
“Rudyard Kipling’s tale of “The Cat That Walked by Himself” hints at why we have admired and even worshipped the cat for 4,000 years. It is first of all, a lovely animal. It lives everywhere, yet lightly, as if half not belonging. Flattering ourselves, we identify with its grace, its independence and it incorruptibly wild nature. We look at it and see the beauty and the beast within ourselves.”
“A fleeting glimpse of one of these unsocial predators is often a pivotal moment in our lives, a connection with our primitive past and with the retreating wilderness of this continent”.
“…or the cougar that leapt 12 feet onto a ledge with a 165 pound buck in its jaws…or the cats which have hit an elk with such force that the elk’s antlers were driven into the ground.”
– Jerry Kobalenko, Forest Cats of North America (all three quotes)
“But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him.
– Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories
Take the above quotes as a whole and contrast that information against what you want accomplish in the field, as a small unit using a combination of environmental emersion, tracking, terrain profiling and behavioral predictive analysis as tools to facilitate manhunting. Tracking is a small piece of the overall picture as it pertains to manhunting. Our programs of instruction teach tracking as but a tool, one of many to be used in context, and in conjunction, with the overall goal of the unit. The unit as a whole embodies the Cougar.
Imagine that unit referred to in the last paragraph. Imagine that unit immersed in the environment – one with it – observant of the information around them, using the environment and terrain to influence their movement and the movement of the quarry, that can go undetected where they are and indiscernible where they were, that can use these skills to go undetected in order to slowly close with (sometimes quickly and aggressively) and then chose the time, place and nature of contact. This is a unit operating to standard the way we do it. Now then, picture the unit above, a small unit using these gold standard tactics, hitting the target as hard as the Cougar – unseen, swift and precise, overwhelming even much larger prey quickly. This unit is the apex predator in its environment, wherever that unit finds itself on operations.
“A rabbit trap will catch a wolf, but it won’t hold him.” This is from the old knowledge base of the scouts of the late 1800’s. They knew and understood small unit tactics, wherein the referred to “rabbit trap” is a small unit of scouts/trackers. The provided quote says a lot about their experiences.
At TTOS, we teach a framework to learn within and work within over time, which comes from a vast base of knowledge. This framework creates processes for the unit to quickly immerse itself within the environment, learn it, know it and then use it to their advantage; in any OE/AOR worldwide. The results of our “Apex Programs”, which are the next level of evolution within our disciplines, are the programs (the only ones) that get students to this level.
There’s much more to say, but in closing we’ve hammered the target that no one else could hit, and found and hit the target no one else could/can see. Over the last 22 years, we’ve brought Combat and Tactical Tracking back into a contemporary operational task, whereas before it was nearly non-existent. From there, we’ve taken the next steps in the evolution of Tactical and Combat Tracking, hitting the target that nobody saw, or could/can see, and there’s much more too. This is part of the reason we’ve not published our book as of yet.
All of our programs and tactics are constantly evolving, being revalidated and put to the test operationally all over the world by the military, law enforcement, anti-poaching and environmental crimes investigators to name a few. The feedback from those we’ve trained helps us continue to validate and evolve in an objective manner, without abstract theory or subjectivity. There are absolutes within these disciplines and how we create and evolve our programs with safety through sound tactics being step one in the process.
And the results of our process can be seen in the competency of a brand new tracking unit trained by us, under our Apex Doctrine (the first to be exposed to it), hunting an “expert in escape and evasion”. This was a unit that had never done any tracking or manhunting. In fact, they had to create the word for tracking in their language. Needless to say, they won and won big.
“That was a real kick in the nuts. Everything they did was systematically boxing me in”
-Joel Lambert (Lone Target) 2014 Discovery Channel’s Lone Target (Jeju Island, Korea)