Threat Management Training – Tactical Responses to Jihadi Attacks

An award-winning former FBI agent with experience developing training programs, John Guandolo currently leads as president of Understanding the Threat, a consultancy he founded that is dedicated to threat management. John Guandolo’s consultancy provides information about hostile doctrine and offers tactical response recommendations through various training programs, including a session called Tactical Responses to Jihadi Attacks.

During this one- or two-day program, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and tactical teams receive comprehensive training on the jihadi threat in America that is designed to prepare professionals to respond to extensive military-style assaults on local populations. The program emphasizes that not only cities but also remote areas are potential targets for coordinated attacks, which means that first-responders must have the knowledge and skills necessary to defend their communities.

To better prepare local professionals, the training program includes an Understanding the Threat classroom segment and a Tactical Responses training session. The four- to eight-hour classroom portion provides a summary of the jihadi threat, reviews the militants’ modus operandi, and explains where the nearest threats are in relation to the training locale. In the tactical half of the program, participants spend time practicing shooting techniques and learning how to handle tactical situations involving cars and inside buildings.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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