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The 10th international exhibition focused on the latest developments in the area of soldier equipment, cyber defence, smart defence, communication, critical infrastructure protection, law enforcement, force protection, counter terrorism and military technologies

Fully supported by: Czech Minister of Defence, AFCEA - Armed Forces Communication & Electronics Association, Czech Chamber of Commerce, Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic, Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufactures and Sellers of the Czech Republic



17 - 19 October 2012 Prague
Meet BUYERS AND DECISION-MAKERS from 60 countries ● Establish and maintain contacts with HIGH REPRESENTATIVES - NATO HQ (NATO C&I Agency, NATO Support Agency, ACO, ACT), EDA, NATO, EAPC, MD, ICI countries ● Communicate with JOURNALISTS from 27 countries ● BE INVOLVED IN THINK TANK: latest topics - Cyber Defence, Smart Defence, Future Soldier, Combat Vehicles ● FUTURE OF CYBER Conference ● MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE WORLDWIDE - 7.000 visitors, 45 official delegations, 135 exhibitors

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sections on Criminology and Forensic Science. experts in equipment and weapon systems and world-renowned martial Arts instructors. decided to venture into the difficult world of publishing. the first Italian magazine dedicated to the world of tactics and operations. Mirko Gargiulo’s new challenge is to make his magazine available worldwide. an historical section examining the continual evolution of special operations and tactics and much more. TACTICAL NEWS MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL EDITION October 2012: Tactical News Magazine . his tools and his psycho-physical condition. geopolitical analysis. Our team consists of current and former operators of Special Forces from different countries. August 2012: After only 19 publications. Tactical News Magzine is proud to count in its staff current and former members of the Special Forces. An early decision is to opt for an English language version as the international edition. Sensing the potentially strong international appeal of Tactical News Magazine. the police force. goes on sale. weapons and accessories. TNM uses experts from many nations who are exemplary in their field of operations. a section solely dedicated to the Special Forces. private security experts. exclusive reports from the hottest conflict areas of the globe. a marketing and communications entrepreneur armed with a strong passion and deep knowledge of military and defense. Our mission is to create a monthly magazine with an international flavor. We can safely say that TNM is a magazine for and written by professionals and it is only by following this credo that we can truly meet the demanding standards of all our readers. January 2011: Issue N° 1 of Tactical News Magazine. Tactical News Magazine has become a point of reference for operators and general enthusiasts within this specialized field. appealing worldwide to highly trained professionals and interested followers of this unique area. global experts in security and anti-terrorism. THE ITALIAN VERSION EDITION September 2010: Mr. columns on tactical/operational procedures in security plus military environments. To achieve this. Mr. In doing this we also guarantee our sponsors the possibility of reaching a truly exclusive target. Giovanni Petretta. Mirko Gargiulo. articles on the legalities surrounding operational procedures. technical sections on armed and unarmed combat. The very first step has been initiating the collaboration his lifelong friend Mr. dedicated to the world of tactics and operations covering extensively the role of the man on the ground.International Edition offers the reader an unprecedented opportunity to gather information through the following: reviews and field testing of equipment. Tactical News Magazine provides Italian readers with a full 360 degrees of information on this whole specialized sector. .. Edited by A&G Publishing GmbH. Danilo Amellotti.. Each month. The majority of our employees work in elite departments at major international institutions or government agencies and are fully committed to the fight against crime and terrorism worldwide. ballistics and equipment experts as well as analysts of intelligence and geopolitics. This is a a daring quest shared by his good friend Mr.EDITORIAL EDITORIAL EDITORIAL EDITORIAL EDITORIAL EDI OUR HISTORY. TNM . police officers from operational departments. case studies and real-life stories of workers and former workers. a former Special Forces member and together they establish A&G Publishing favoring Germany as the headquarters and offices of this new publishing house.International Edition is the first and only international magazine written in English. his powers.


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However. Can anyone fail to understand it today? Democracy is a front.” says Huawei spokesman William Plummer. SAYS BELARUSIAN PRESIDENT LUKASHENKO BELARUSIAN PRESIDENT LUKASHENKO GIVES INTERVIEW TO THE INDEPENDENT. on the other side there are Tunisia. all the excitement went to Libya. speaking about the events in North Africa and the Middle East. and it is up to them to resolve their problems. There is still worse to come!” “Today we see where it has ended: the entire arc is alight. democracy is not what they are talking about. “Purporting that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber mischief ignores technical and commercial realities. State-owned enterprises own 15. but is the nation ready and are there conditions in the country to accept such a democracy? They saw that it was impossible. “Why do they export democracy then? The democracy they meant it to be. A COVER-UP FOR A ROBBERY. that the countries were not ready for such things. But it is surprising that certain countries have not been affected. “I know why this is happening. In the very first days when these revolutions started. After the situation started unfolding in the way the script writers did not like. Hence we hear the spiel about democracy.” the President added. Did they want to Islamize the Arab East? No. only FOR GOOD GUYS CYBER MISCHIEF: BELIEVE NO-ONE AND CHECK EVERYTHING Espionage Fears Both Huawei and ZTE have struggled to secure contracts in the USA following regular political concerns about allegations that the companies have links to the Chinese government. and it does 70% of its business outside China. The point is why it was necessary. Aren’t you concerned about it?” the head of state said. I said that the West should be condemned for the interference. Nobody has the right to interfere in domestic affairs of the state. a cover-up for the robbery. “They wanted to split Iraq. the President remarked: “The situation in these countries was difficult but as good as the situation in other countries. through which the devices can be accessed TNM ••• 6 . primarily through sales of devices like smartphones. I said then where it would lead and it happened exactly that way. But it is not the point.AROUND THE WORLD DEMOCRACY IS A FRONT. footprint. Therefore. Its sales in the U. The interview focused on various aspects of the country’s foreign and domestic policy. though the situation in the countries which maintain the tightest relations with the USA is the same. someone needed to set the Arabic arc alight. they started barefaced bombing. They are not happy now if they understand what they had been doing and what they are doing now.S. Huawei is now the world’s second-largest provider of telecommunications equipment. The two are among the world’s biggest makers of telecom networking equipment. economy. American officials have in the past demanded the installation of “back doors” in some exports. and especially the army. Algeria. and that they insert “back-doors” into their equipment to allow for Chinese spying.S were $30 million last year. Can you trust your telecommunications network? American fears may be based on the fact that its leaders know from experience that telecoms companies can be helpful espionage assets. BBC President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko gave an interview to the British newspaper Independent and the TV channel BBC on 9 October. I know it well. ZTE has a smaller U. The President stressed that nobody needs exported revolutions. Democracy is good. with Alexander Lukashenko answering over 60 questions.” Alexander Lukashenko added. Iraq is on the one side and the fire is being fanned into Iran. It is very hot everywhere. they needed the oil. and so on. Particularly. Alexander Lukashenko also answered a number of personal questions. It is obvious to the naked eye that an overseas scenario is in progress. Once things settled down in Tunisia. Special attention was drawn to public progress and democracy development. thousands of people are crippled? How many people have been killed? Who needs such a democracy?” the head of state wondered. social development. What kind of democracy is there in Iraq today if every day bombs are blown up and hundreds of people die there and even worse.68% of the company. The interview took nearly four hours.

. Mr.” So doubts remain. structure of forces. He said that troops could be moved around with a stronger focus on northern Kosovo to take account of the volatile situation seen there recently. The Secretary General said that he expected Allies and potential partners for the mission to complete the planning for the operation “well before the end of 2013. Fogh Rasmussen said that the ministers made progress on the need for more cooperation between their nations and on the better use of NATO’s common funds to improve capabilities. The combat effectiveness of Chinese aircraft carrier will undoubtedly help expand the strategic frontier of China’s national security. Supported by increasingly strengthened national power and modern defense technology and industrial system. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. With the aircraft carrier. which is to replace the current combat mission in 2015. The Secretary General said that the ministers had “kept up the momentum” on increased cooperation. Its huge operational and deterrent effectiveness will not only greatly improve China’s offshore defense capability but also further promote an all-round transformation of its national defense and military in terms of the military theory. an American defence contractor well supplied with security clearances and experience. The Ministers agreed on a broad framework which will now be forwarded to military planners who are to work on the details of the mission in the coming months.” Mr. China will be more calm.” adding that Allies and their ISAF partners would “continue to hand over security responsibility to the Afghan security forces. combat methods and personnel training. in Huawei’s wares. says John Suffolk.” The Defence Ministers also discussed the Alliance’s KFOR mission. is independently vetted by Electronic Warfare Associates. adding that the ministers made clear that they remain committed to sustaining that role. sharing smart munitions and pooling maritime patrol aircraft. “Identifying back doors in hardware is also a really. really hard challenge. CHINESE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HELPS EXPAND STRATEGIC FRONTIER. SAYS NSPC Chinese aircraft carrier has caused widespread concern in the world.NATO DEFENSE MINISTERS MAKE PROGRESS ON CAPABILITIES. He stressed that the Alliance would “remain vigilant and strong” to improve the security situation. Huawei equipment for America and Canada. a big hackers’ convention held in July. currently the Commander of the ISAF mission. China must have the ability of ocean operations and strategic mobility. As comprehensive and informationalized combat system integrated with modern military technology. The ministerial was also used to announce the approval of US General John Allen. the question is whether it does. of security vulnerabilities in a couple of Huawei’s smaller routers. the aircraft carriers are the important manifestation of the strategic ability of a country. China’s aircraft carrier will not change the defense nature of its defense strategy. confident and rational in making defense policies.” is the right attitude for dealing with Huawei or anyone else. Major General and deputy secretary-general with National Security Policy Committee under China Association of Policy and Science Peng Guangqian said that the appearance of missile nuclear weapons in the era of globalization greatly constrained the use of traditional aircraft carriers. “Most security problems we encounter are due to very subtle bugs in code that even the original programmers may miss. in a two-day meeting in Brussels. Huawei clearly might do such things. flaws in telecoms gear. notably on the implementation of some 20 Smart Defence projects which aim to improve capabilities covering areas such as clearing roadside bombs. as the new Supreme Allied Commander Europe. If approved he will replace US Admiral Jim Stavridis in the Spring of 2013.” says Steven Bellovin of Columbia University. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. But such flaws are common. “Believe no one and check everything. are hard to find. It is no exaggeration to say that Chinese aircraft carrier is not only the “stability anchor” of the maritime security but also “Noah’s Ark” maintaining the world peace and the positive energy favored by all peace-loving people. on the quiet. who chaired the talks at Alliance headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday (9-10 October 2012). They agreed that the mission continues to play an “indispensable role in Kosovo. he says. but its focus of maritime security is still in offshore waters and it will not change the basic strategy of offshore defense though the development of aircraft carrier. the American government gave warning of similar vulnerabilities found in kit made by Cisco and other Western firms. The aircraft carrier is one of strategic defense and counterattack means in China.” The Secretary General reiterated that insider attacks “will not change our strategy. whether put there deliberately or accidentally. as opposed to mistakes. Allen’s final appointment still needs the confirmation of the United States Senate. previously the British government’s chief information officer. PLANNING FOR NEW AFGHAN MISSION NATO Defence Ministers took stock of progress in improving Allied defence capabilities and endorsed the first stage of planning for the post-2014 training and assistance mission in Afghanistan. Like having nuclear weapons. China successfully developed the aircraft carrier. Several years ago. Years of intense scrutiny by experts have not produced conclusive public evidence of deliberate skulduggery. advisory and assistance mission in Afghanistan. but their strategic value did not decrease. The Secretary General said that more sharing of resources and coordination on multinational projects was the best way to tackle reduced defence budgets. Evidence was presented at DefCon. Fogh Rasmussen said. The Defence Ministers and their counterparts from ISAFpartner nations on Wednesday concluded the first stage of planning for the NATO-led training. stressed the importance of closer cooperation in defence during the first day of talks. now Huawei’s global cyber-security officer. increase flexibility and initiative of the strategic choice and enhance the strategic quality and stability of China’s national security.

Developed by Lockheed Martin. the test execution phase was actually completed in half the planned time. Dutch ADCF frigate. and is estimated to be complete in the middle of 2014. Ensemble Test 2 represents the second in a series of tests that aim to lower the programme’s technical risks arising due to incremental addition of multiple sensors.Defence industry BAE TO SUPPLY ADDITIONAL M88A2 RECOVERY VEHICLES TO IRAQI ARMY BAE Systems has been awarded a foreign military sale (FMS) contract for production and delivery of additional M88A2 heavy equipment recovery combat utility lift evacuation systems (HERCULES) to the Iraqi Army. air command and control information services (AirC2IS). “HERCULES will provide the Iraqi military with a recovery vehicle that has been tested and proven to tow and hoist today’s heaviest combat vehicles. taking the total number of M88A2s ordered by the US for Iraqi forces to 16. as well as other medium to heavyweight vehicles. M1A2. weapon and communication systems. Dutch and German Patriot missile defence system. Work under the contract will start at the company’s US facilities in York in Pennsylvania and Aiken in South Carolina in late 2013. lifting strength and winching power to the soldiers and marines in all weather conditions. Nato has deployed its air command and control system (ACCS). The $31. an upgraded hydraulic system and an improved power-assisted braking for towing of an M1A1 tank. Conducted in September over Nato’s Combined Federated Battle Lab Network (CFBLNet). heavy recovery performance vehicle. the M88A2 is a self-supportive armoured tank designed for costefficient recovery of 70t vehicles. Supervised by Nato’s ballistic missile defence programme office. BAE’s York facility will manufacture new hulls for the M88A2 configuration. surface to air missile (SAM) Operations Centre from Germany.” Pera added.A variant of the M88 HERCULES. such as the M1A1. Additional equipment included were Italian horizon principal anti-air missile system (PAAMS) and US Aegis BMD system.” Signorelli added. demonstrating its compatibility with the agency’s ballistic missile defence (BMD) programme. self-supporting.Powered by a continental AVDS-1790-8CR V12 air-cooled twinturbo diesel engine. as well as shared a early warning system (SEW). “Thanks to thorough preparation. which saved both time and money for the participants.4bn. and interim command and control (ICC) system. which will be conducted in May-June 2013. including US.8m award covers the delivery of eight M88A2 vehicles and brings the total value of HERCULES programme contracts received by BAE from the US Government to $1. according to Pera. The BMD programme is scheduled to move towards its deployment with Ensemble Test 3. TNM ••• 8 . Leopard main battle tanks (MBTs). the vehicle features enhanced electrical system. C2BMC. CRC system interface (CSI). bridging systems. and French and Italian SAMP/T systems. BMD programme director Alessandro Pera said the successful tests of the Italian TPS77 demonstrated its ability to serve as a BMD sensor to improve the system’s situational awareness. The test involved evaluation and integration of a total of 16 Nato and national systems. while its Aiken plant will be responsible for the production of some vehicle parts NATO TESTS ITALIAN AN/TPS-77 RADAR FOR BMD SYSTEM The Italian AN/TPS-77 tactical transportable radar system has successfully completed the Nato Communications and Information (NCI) Agency’s Ensemble Test 2. the multinational test witnessed participation from a total of 12 laboratories from five member nations across two continents. The vehicle is also equipped with additional armour protection. ET2 required almost one year of work from planning to execution phase.BAE Systems Vehicle Systems vice president and general manager Mark Signorelli said the company was addressing the army’s requirement for a cost-effective. The company has previously supplied eight vehicles to Iraq as part of a contract it was awarded in 2010. AN/TPY-2. to deliver increased towing muscle. AN/TPS-77 is a 3D solid-sate radar designed to perform long-range airspace surveillance missions of up to 450km.

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a live demonstration of a hacker attack and available defence options that can be used against it will take place directly at the conference. co-organized by AFCEA. will demonstrate a simulated attack during which the hacker will gain access to the computer and with it a possibility of acquiring sensitive information and attacking other computers in the network. It also offers an exceptional opportunity for personal meetings with important contacts in the field such as top representatives of the supreme command of NATO. Defence technology buffs among the general public can visit the exhibition on its last day October 19. the twoday “Future of Cyber” conference.FUTURE SOLDIER FUTURE SOLDIER FUTURE SOLDIER FUTU FSEC WILL EXPERIENCE A SIMULATED HACKER ATTACK A simulated hacker attack and defence against it will be one of the major attractions of the Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference. critical infrastructure elements and defence technologies. Castle Guard and Military History Institute in Prague. this year’s event will focus on new personal equipment and gear of soldiers. Czech Chamber of Commerce. Deloitte’s IT Security and Data Protection Manager. The hacker attack. dovetails nicely with the main topic of the keynote accompanying event of the exhibition. Kabai. The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference 2012 is held under direct auspices of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic. communication systems. a renowned international IT security expert. which is a display of top-notch military technologies and an important destination of traders from all over the world will take place. Under the auspices of Deloitte. TNM ••• 12 . including the protection of information and personal data and relevant legislation. which will be demonstrated on 17 October at the Deloitte exposition. Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic. It will deal with issues of protection against cyber attacks and all related matters. Under the auspices of Deloitte. Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufactures and Sellers. will demonstrate that there are many ways to modify or encrypt harmful binary programmes to make them unrecognizable by antivirus programmes so that the attack is undetectable. Andras Kabai. This will be the tenth time this international exhibition. In addition to cyber defence. Products and technologies of several dozens companies from more than 30 countries will be displayed.

and other questions. Alexandr Vondra. for example. Dr. Czech Chamber of Commerce. The conference is under the auspices of the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic. each of us has another identity there. The representatives of the National Cyber Centre will answer questions about the preparing law on cyber security and introduce their aims on Critical Infrastructure Protection. communication systems. and more questions. organizations. i. the methodology of attack and defense. critical infrastructure elements and defence technologies. It also offers an exceptional opportunity for personal meetings with. and sometimes more than one identity. In a time of great influence of information on the whole society and the increasing security risks on the Internet and social networks provide speakers and discussion participants a general overview of all the experts dealing with defense and security. will be answered at the conference. Defence technology buffs among the general public can visit the exhibition on its last day. which is a display of top-notch military technologies and an important destination of traders from all over the world. missions and business opportunities in defense and security. Integral part of the conference will be practical demo example of cyber attacks. tangible life. October 19. Association of Guns and Ammunition Manufactures and Sellers. Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic. general education and on many others. The international exhibition. Performance of new coming cyber security center will be part of the conference. This virtual world impacts more and more on our real. will already take place for the tenth time. The practical example is organized under the auspices Deloitte & Touche like one of the main partners. During the conference national and international experts will talk about future strategies. TNM ••• 13 . In addition to cyber defence. this year’s event will focus on new personal equipment and gear of soldiers. and governments face new threats? What will they have to do and where to invest? These. Products and technologies of several dozens of companies from more than 30 countries of the world will be displayed. Both on the life of an individual and the life of the whole society.URE SOLDIER FUTURE SOLDIER FUTURE SOLDIER FUTURE SOLDI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FUTURE OF CYBER The conference is organized by AFCEA and Cyber Security Working Group of AFCEA Czech Chapter in cooperation with world–class experts on cyber security. There is a new feature of this dependence as it influences the overall functions of our way of life and the governance in our social and economic processes of society. And what is ahead? How will individuals. has been alerting the governments of all advanced countries to prepare well and consistently for a possible danger involved. top representatives of the supreme command of the NATO. in particular in view of the fact that we need just small means to do so. Cyber space knows no limits and we each inhabit it. Castle Guard and Military History Institute in Prague. This possibility of influencing the societal values. presentation of innovative solutions in the area of cyber security and presenting the findings of academic projects dealing with the protection of the communication infrastructure and information technology too. food and energy are now complemented by the new dependence on technology. Our known human dependencies on air. The Future Soldier Exhibition & Conference is held 17-19 October 2012 at the PVA EXPO Praha Letňany under direct auspices of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic.e.

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and as more and more criminals donned body armor. when the hammer drops. However. especially the Heckler and Koch MP5.USA) PHOTO BY STICKMAN Few acronyms bring to mind such potent images as one in particular: SWAT. top of the line weapon systems. law enforcement turned to their bigger brother. operated in a very different environment. but were designed for war on an open battlefield at medium to long range. SWAT teams conversely. and even the shorter 14. In the 70's and 80's SWAT teams primarily employed pistol caliber weapons. and a myriad of other specialized gear. every SWAT officer must be able to rely on their primary weapon. deployed in situations that are beyond the capabilities of normal patrol officers. In their arsenal. after the 1994 North Hollywood shootout. Equipped with body armor. to function flawlessly and without pause. made famous by the SAS in the Iranian embassy raid of 1980. stun grenades. armored vehicles. a paradigm shift was needed.5” . While their primary goal is to end all conflicts peacefully.RE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST F BY GUNS & TACTICS AND JEREMY PAGAN (SEATTLE . Unwieldy 20” barrels proved to be a hindrance. sub-machine guns performed inadequately against armored targets. the military for inspiration. While effective against unarmored opponents. Special Weapons and Tactics teams represent the elite of American law enforcement. the rifle. they found the weapon they needed: the carbine. The M16 rifles that were initially adopted proved to be effective against body armor. these highly trained men and women bring their expertise to bear against anyone who would threaten the public peace. involving a pair of heavily armored gunmen. the world of Close Quarters Combat (CQC).

Feeding the rifle is a Centurion Arms bolt carrier group. Designed to work with a stock AR barrel nut. enabling Darrion to affix any AAC 51 tooth suppressor. While primarily designed to muffle sound signature. despite its short length. and mil-spec phosphate coating. configured to be utterly reliable.000 rounds of ammunition through his rifle. magnetic particle inspected. a 12 year SWAT veteran. with a less than 0. Thanks to the hammer forging process it is exceptionally accurate. suppressors also eliminates flash signature. Surrounding the barrel is a Centurion Arms C4 10” free-float quad rail. We had a chance to catch up with Darrion Holiwell. an important consideration when breaching criminal compounds such as methamphetamine labs. Profiled from barrel blanks usually reserved for M249 machine guns.1% stoppage rate. While sonically aggressive. it negates vertical recoil. chambered in 5. providing triple the typical service life of a standard barrel. these weapons offered the compact dimensions of a sub-machine gun. this barrel is built to meet and exceed every U. As an added TNM ••• 18 bonus. he requires a rifle built for the rough and ready world of high-risk warrants and active shooters.5” 1-in-7 twist cold hammer forged barrel. Capping the barrel is an Advanced Armament Company (AAC) Blackout muzzle brake. Due to the nature of his work. Military specification. aiding Darrion in putting multiple rounds downrange accurately in a very short period of time. Originally the weapon of choice for Special Forces operators. extra thick chrome lining. which has been meticulously machined. providing the best compromise of handling and lethality for short range engagements. to ensure utter reliability. Darrion has fired over 10. Exceptional performance and durability has become the hallmark of Centurion Arms. on one of his practice days and take a look at his duty weapon.FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE barrels of the M4 carbine proved too long for cramped halls and tight doorways. an exceptional metric by any measure. to guarantee flawless construction. Featuring M4 feed ramps. Teams turned to a very specialized kind of carbine. yet extremely strong thanks to its 6061 T6 aluminum construction and mil-spec type-3 hard anodized coating. it has been high pressure tested and magnetic particle inspected. with the ballistics of rifle. The long rail to barrel length compliments Darrion's squared up. and mil-spec phosphate coated. and this barrel is no exception. which can be full of flammable vapors. W ith 18 years of Law Enforcement experience. the Short Barreled Rifle (SBR).S. Forming the heart of the rifle is a full Centurion Arms upper receiver group. and has no issues grouping 1MOA at 100 yards with quality ammunition. this rail is lightweight. extended support arm stance. this brake is suppressor compatible. allowing him to grip the end of . he is the assistant SWAT team leader and chief firearms instructor for the largest Sheriff’s department in Washington State. regardless of environment.56x45mm NATO. At its core is 11.


FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE t Forming the hear rifle is a full of the per Centurion Arms up oup.56x45mm NATO. At its core receiver gr cold is 11.5” 1-in-7 twist forged barrel. . hammer chambered in 5.

000 battery run time. Featuring generous linear rail space. aiding the shock and awe tactics employed by Darrion and his SWAT teammates. they become important during extended standoffs outdoors for their ability to keep the optic dirt and moisture free. and LMT’s excellent customer service. CNC machined from high-strength aerospace aluminum and mil-spec anodized. the flashlight is fully weatherproofed and ruggedized to withstand excessive abuse. Darrion can retain the majority of his peripheral vision. even while wearing gloves. Darrion selected the new Rainier Arms Raptor ambidextrous charging handle. and a fast reset when a faster cadence of fire is required. Choosing a non-magnified Aimpoint T-1 Micro 4MOA red dot as his primary sight. While many SWAT officers employ full-auto weapons. he values its minimal physical profile. The mount is tall enough to still give Darrion a sight picture when wearing a gas mask. while still maintaining a distinct tactile feel differentiating it from the bolt release. Darrion operates primarily in close quarters situations. putting seven rounds center mass of a 25 yard target in less than one second. Fulfilling magazine release duties is a Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) ambidextrous magazine release. and features a quickdisconnect cam locking lever. The optic is mounted in a unique GG&G absolute co-witness mount. this tactical light is not only bright enough to identify a target from dozens of yards away. secured with a thumbscrew mount. Darrion prefers a semi-auto fire control group. while maintaining strict control on the number of rounds fired.E TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIR the weapon and exert superior control over muzzle orientation. light weight. this handle is a unique design manufactured by AXTS Weapon Systems. A shooter of his skill level can still manipulate the trigger very quickly. it functions flawlessly. durable design. which features flip lens caps. Thanks to its diminutive size. Providing tactical illumination is a Surefire M600C Scout Light. Completing the rifle is a full complement of TNM ••• 21 . W ith 200 lumens of illumination. and was chosen due to its reputation for reliability. as Darrion is a left-handed shooter. Darrion described trying out many other drop-in magazine release designs. an important consideration in visually cluttered urban environments. yet remain expedient to remove. Darrion has mounted Magpul MBUS backup sights. and Darrion reports it does so reliably. Target identification is of utmost importance to a SWAT officer. with steel latches and mil-spec anodization. but found only the KAC unit featured easily accessible controls. and legendary durability. In case his optic fails. The Raptor utilizes a novel interlocking latch design that ensures with todays one-handed techniques it will always evenly pull straight back. a rare feature in T-1 mounts. and activated by a SR07 Remote Dual Switch. A Lewis Machine Tool (LMT) Defender 2000 lower receiver forms the basis of the bottom end. and easy to deploy spring-loaded action. it has more than enough room to accommodate any accessories Darrion would need to mount. While a seemingly nominal feature. regardless which side it is being manipulated from. and as such has chosen his optic and iron sights to best suit this environment. The light is so tough that despite its close proximity to the aggressive blast of the muzzle brake. An LMT ambidextrous safety completes his fire controls. 50. These were chosen for their lightweight. It features an LMT 2-Stage trigger that enables precise shots when needed. especially in hostage situations. but to also blind and disorient. Of particular note is the ambidextrous setup of this rifle. To manually manipulate the bolt of his weapon. Made of tough 7075 aluminum. The mount is designed to hold its zero.

and all of our top tier law enforcement officers. and the MOE Trigger Guard enhances comfort. allowing him to tailor its size to fit his hands. An AFG2 fore grip is mounted at the end of the Centurion Arms rail to complement Darrion’s shooting style. The MIAD pistol grip provides modular capability. LMT. enabling any responsible firearms owner to enjoy the same quality and performance available to Darrion. As the actions and gear of criminals have evolved. Centurion Arms. using a Magpul MS3 sling. so have the tactics and equipment of SWAT officers. he prefers a single-point sling setup. it is a minimal design built to be as lightweight as possible while still providing full SAPI ceramic plate protection. the equipment listed is available to the private citizen (NFA laws notwithstanding). it is a top of the line carrier designed to be as rugged as it is comfortable. Made of 500 denier Cordura. as in maritime or rappelling operations. and battery storage capability. Part of an emerging category of plate carriers. Darrion chose the STR stock for its durable construction. Darrion dons a Tactical Tailor Fight Light Plate Carrier. while providing an enlarged trigger area for gloved operation. . giving him TNM ••• 22 the capability of converting his sling to a two-point setup and slinging his rifle out of the way. Since Darrion often operates in tight quarters. and featuring molded foam channels and air mesh for cooling. Best of all. When a mission calls for the use of both hands. and many other fine manufacturers have provided the law enforcement community with the parts to construct an SBR of exceptional performance and pedigree. lined with flame retardant material. providing a repeatable index point and enhanced ergonomics. attached to an ASAP sling plate. he attaches a RSA sling plate.FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE TEST FIRE Magpul Industries polymer furniture. To keep his rifle fed. with a triple magazine panel full of smooth-pulling Magpul E-Mags. superior cheek weld.




Greece and from Kosovo that fought for its territory and loot division. Many criminal groups immediately spotted their great chance to take advantage of the new and young democracy. Czech Republic began adjusting to the western capitalistic standard of life and thus approaching its secure safety structures to western Europeans standards. However.Czech Republic was swarmed with well organized criminal organizations from Turkey. as it was the case with all former communist countries. better known in western . Together with powerful criminal Russian groups.Albania.founded at the time of Czechoslovakia. For the last ten years the Czech Police had to deal with Kosovo mafia. most brutal and dangerous drug and prostitution mafia.named Útvar rychlého nasazení.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE Special unit of the Czech police Útvar rychlého nasazení URNA. adjusting TNM ••• 26 to western standards had its repercussions.Poland. Czechs and Slovakians.000 members. Czech Republic has a unit for immediate response. organized crime and other criminal activities. The Czech Republic is the state formed on disintegration of the former Czech Republic. That is why. that used to unite two national entities. that is after a quiet separation between Czech and Slovakia.that at the moment is the best organized.Bulgaria. Right upon the independence being established. with approximately 10. is nowadays considered to be one of the best units of the same purpose and it represents the ultimate answer of Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs against terrorism.

especially in the period between 1988 and 1989. Firstly. kidnapping and terrorist bombing attacks included. police force staff was recruited from military elite units too.especially against dangerous offenders and organized criminal groups. the focus was on the training for performing interventions in cases of people and vehicle kidnapping. 7. in 1985 the unit changed its name to “Odbor zvláštního určení”.Thus. changed its name to “Jednotka rychlého TNM ••• 27 . In August 1981. plane hijackings.meaning department for special interventions and it was put under the command of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. After the coup in 1989. Recognizable symbol of the unit was a red beret. 54 7. a longtime process of training started and at the same time the arming of the unit began.shotguns. On the request of the Socialistic Government and certain police forces.62x54 R mm.62 and sniper rifles of the Soviet manufacture SVDN-1 Dragunov (Vz. trained and equipped men.Skorpion cal. Such tasks were earlier under the jurisdiction of the military forces.58 7. it was decided to form one police unit that would be exclusively made by specially selected.especially from the paratroops.63) 7. This new body would be capable to successfully oppose any criminal threats. these changes negatively reflected on the unit since it was then used by Communist Czech Governement for stopping the protests and manifestations led by numerous anti-government organizations to which a big number of civilians took part. this made the unit act against them using the most cruel methods.then assault rifles Vz. sudden changes occurred and the unit entered a new phase of its development which lead to a new philosophy.that the members of the military units brought to the unit.the unit for immediate response was formed as the most important component of the police force fight against all kinds of criminal well as the domestic modified sniper rifle Vz. that weren’t adequately prepared and trained for that kind of missions. according to the Ministry’s decree 52/1980. However. Automatic pistols Vz. At the beginning.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSID circles under the abbreviation URNA. The department.65 Browning were supplied. 26.5 and various kinds of pistols. when the communist party was removed from power. To complete it. The Unit was named Direktorat and it was settled under the “Sboru národní bezpečnosti SNB” command (National security Assembly).in the same year. From1981 to 1985. the unit was intended to perform mostly actions against riots and public manifestations but soon great changes happened.grenade launchers RV-85 cl.62.


In 1990 the name of the unit was also changed. • security and protection of the high governmentpolitics officials. that is police forces for breaking down riots. In future. especially in high risk situations that could involve civilians: • interventions against terrorist groups. • interventions against organized criminal groups and dangerous criminals. led by the USA. They started to travel more abroad.but only URNA has the jurisdiction on the complete national territory and abroad as well.many times were the target of the Islamic terrorists and Iraq guerilla. ORGANIZATION AND TASKS The main missions given to this specific police unit consist in performing charging actions that require specially trained men.URNA is under the organizational authority (službu kriminální policie a vyšetřování) Service of Criminal Police.that come to visit the Czech republic. but Czech specialists proved to be excellent February 1990.URNA (Unit for immediate interventions) of the Czech Police Force and it is still the one in use. kidnappers.meaning Unit for immediate interventions of Federal Police in November 1989 the red beret was replaced by a dark green one. and significant financial resources were invested for purchasing modern western that officers of the unit began to get introduced with activities of their foreign colleagues.Today. all intended for performing missions out of the domain of antiterrorist combat.where they assisted in securing the Czech embassy in Baghdad. Czech republic has also become an important member of the coalition. equipped with sophisticated gear and arming. URNA teams repeatedly toggled in Iraq. • repelling prison mutinies. both domestic and foreign. This led to the alteration of the unit’s symbol. The experience acquired in Iraq is very precious when it comes to improving tactics.this time to Útvar rychlého nasazení. the unit is under the direct TNM ••• 29 . • securing Czech diplomatic offices worldwide. diplomats and other ‘national interests’ . • helping citizens hit by natural disasters As a NATO member. that usually performed in civilian clothes.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSID zásahu Federální policejní služby JRZ FPS”. When it comes to commanding authority. Change in political orientation of the state enabled unit JRZ. the unit is going to focus more on how to perform secret operations in civilian clothes. in the war against international terrorism and it participates in after-war stabilization of the situation in Iraq. Czech Republic has eight regional intervention teams. As these regional units undergo the jurisdiction of the Intervention Police Force(pořádkové policie). air regain the responsibility which motivated its formation and in that same year they participated in an action of freeing hostages.which surely would require a change of tactics and procedures. Opening the Republic to the world at the same time brought changes in mentality of an approach in training of unit’s members. URNA teams.

radio communicators and special vehicle drivers. Teams are filled with men of different TNM ••• 30 specialties.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE commandment of the Police Chief but the only person who can issue orders is solely the Minister of Internal Affairs.terrorist chargers up to EOD specialists (Explosive Ordinance Detail) . the most powerful and significant part of the unit.At the head of the assault team.The unit has 5 trained members for EOD specialties. Each one has 21 men. his intentions and determine when it is best to intervene.weapon use and ammunition stockage. negotiators. Assault teams alternate duty of intervening team being on call. The Operative section (sekce rychlého nasazení). reconnaisance specialists that operate in urban and rural environments. There are also paratroops. drivers.drivers. The Command includes administrative services such as officer ranking colonel is in charge and has at his disposal EOD specialists. legal issues staff and men whose main target is to perform logistics activities regarding equipment maintenance. consists of three assault teams (zásahové skupiny). Specialist service (sekce speciálních služeb) is filled with men of different specialties.preparing the vehicles for programmed activities.that is in within 45 minutes ready to act on the territory of Czech Republic. There are qualified negotiators hostages situations. another team is called ready to go into an action in . In case that situation requires additional support. master diving techniques that enable them to face underwater actions. Within operative sections there is a training group intended for candidates training to join the unit . snipers.specialists for sophisticated comminication systems and the staff in charge to manage unit documentation.that stretch from the anti .divided in subteams of five that have the main task to perform high risk operations. In this group there are snipers. they are able to work out the kidnapper’s profile.

Slovakian UOU and occasionally with other Europeans and American units.Besides visits and exchanging airplane hijacking or great number of hostages in a building. emotional stability and capability of analyzing the situation. held in Budapest. better known as Special Team 6.that asks for great deprivation and even bigger effort for an individual the potential member of the URNA team. Police officers that apply the course for vacancies.of good health and full physical preparedness. Hungary. Therefore. URNA team won second place right after the Chinese.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSID four hours on the point of calling.providing service to the Department for Suppressing the Organized Crime and especially in arresting dangerous offenders.the rest of the unit is completed within 24 hours.have to pass one rigorous process of selection and training in order to pick the officers that would be the ideal for realization of these complex highly risk operations.a swimmer and a B category driving license. mutual training sessions are done with British 22 SAS Regiment. French units GIGN and RAID. TNM ••• 31 . police officers are sought that would fit one series of requirements regarding physical fitness. Italian GIS and NOCS. URNA unit accepts all police forces sergeants on voluntary least high school education. Unit is also regularly participating in regional and international competitions such as special Police forces. actually they are within the UNMIK Special Police team. Swedish CTU. TRAINING SESSIONS Selection of the candidates represents a long and hard process for the unit. For complicated crisis situations. Unit’s training is designed so as to satisfy requirements essential for successful performance of unit’s task against the terrorism.with a police work experience of at least three years plus additional vocational education and training.minimal age 23 up to maximum of 30 years. URNA maintains successful cooperation with similar units worldwide. Likewise.and they can brag that they in this year’s competition in shooting with sniper rifles. May 2011. URNA is a member of ATLAS organization and its staff participates in UNMIK mission at Kosovo. Belgian SIE.

candidates need to pass physical checks like: 60 meters well as their behavior in hard conditions of fatigue and exhaustion .INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE Candidates that satisfy basic requirements.i ntended to gain a personal psychological profile that indicates stress endurance.intelligence and flexibility in task performing.with a good sense of humor .their resistance to the physical effort is tested.skills. • psychological stability that refers to the emotional one.with the aim to determine the candidates’ limit when it comes to their capability of dealing with extreme physical efforts. Therefore. Suitable traits that are sought from the candidates are: • above average intelligence. The Council has the task to check how the candidate performed during the first stages of selections.strength and knowledge and they are deprived from sleeping as an additional TNM ••• 32 stress factor so that all the positive and negative aspects of a candidate are clearly expressed after the short sleeping time allowed.This personal contact with a trainee enables the council to make precise decisions at the moment of selecting the potential future specialists. devotion and motivation.optimistic.making decisions in critical situations. Each activity of the course member is being controlled and has a time limit.capability in adjusting. capability of dealing with any of impulsive behavior. Those who pass these probes move onto the third trial that serves to pick the most ideal candidates when it comes to physical that a candidate who doesn’t pass one phase is automatically expelled form the training course.two lapses in 4 minutes. Candidates need to do repeatedly orientation marches. defining and solving the problems in stressful situations • ambition and self-discipline • flexibility and work tolerance.loaded with heavy back-packs.perform max number of chin-ups and abs in two minutes. time of transition at 500 m lane is measured.capability to endure constant stress for a long time.crossing the obstacle path.solve tasks focused on endurance. Those who succeed the first phase form a small group and move onto the second stage.5 meters height.lasting from 6 to 8 hours. This includes six day tests of endurance during which th psycho-physical state of each candidate is being inspected. patient.non-conventional thinking.climbing the rope of 4.his motivation and reasons for joining the team.which means that the candidate can’t be a subject of psychological issues • emotional stability. If the candidate has passed the first two stages. The econd test is actually a written examination. The first stage covers one thorough medical examination.form a group that needs to attend check ups divided in three stages with expelling work.not too rigid and that he can suppress his feelings • emotional mood. naïve • inner discipline.400 meter length swimming.innovation. capability of learning. capability to improvise • maturity.Also. All exercises and activities are done under medical supervision. many push ups they can do in one minute.a third ‘knockout” phase is awaiting him and that includes a personal interview with some members of the URNA council.which of course is unfamiliar to candidates and it is monitored by the instructors and senior members of the unit.

to manifest aggression but to be able to control it as well • tolerance-capability for staying operative and focused on fulfilling the aims though there are some alerting this TNM ••• 33 .and to possess a capability of communication with other interview is the right way to find out what each individual can offer and how he’ll fit in the team.that is solving hostage situation in buildings.Main URNA weapon intended for a great number of cases is still done by an automatic weapon.The area that has a polygon for hostage practice is 75 km from Prague. SPECIAL EQUIPMENT Nature and typology of the URNA activities require special individual gear on a high level. For a commanding officer.performing training sessions in climbing and mutual action with have a strong sense for justice.medical education. to act in accordance to social rules and law and psychology. A special part of the training is given to the specialists: candidates attend courses of parachute training.. who chooses which of the candidates will be selected.basic and special engineering course.VIP protection and arresting armed dangerous criminals or terrorists. that includes all elements necessary for performing crisis situations such as abductions.etc… Having done the basic training. At the end of this first selection. that is the Anti-drug Brigade of the Czech Police Force.get sent to the operative teams and start to participate in the collective exercises This means that they start to participate in real arresting actions or antiterrorist operations.. a very versatile.but at the beginning they do so just as observers or support to older and more experienced colleagues on the expense of the Direction for the Organized Crime. • moral-ethical behavior.intensive and hard training is awaiting for him and it will last for a couple of months.the chosen ones get a qualification.only 15% of the candidates pass. honesty.They.a trainee studies subjects such as: special tactical preparation. driving training etc.on the grounds of fa ormer Soviet military base. If the candidate passes successfully an interview with the commanding officer.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSID • social adjustment.pleasant.VIP course.bus etc. planes.topographic tuition. diver. URNA weapon arsenal presents a mixture of the western and domestic arming. During that accept the team’s initiative • aggressive and courageous. They are trained for various kinds of shooting. likewise. sniper training. responsibility and positive working motivation.. learn how to use the special equipment that is at the unit’s disposal.selfdefence in terms of marshal arts accompany all these activities with a physical preparation.

Weapon is equipped with a rail that is placed below the rifle barrel done by a Swiss manufacturer Brugger & Thomet and a rail placed upon the upper part of the weapon is made by a domestic manufacturer SGB Praga. In the URNA arsenal there can still be found automatic weapons such as VZ61”Scorpio” of the Czech manufacture CZ caliber 7. One more automatic weapon at the URNA arsenal is a Belgian Fabrique Nationale Herstal. weapon with an extremely great firing range. Apart for the A5 version.Besides this TNM ••• 34 model. or a Trijicon device ACOG TA11 3. useful in actions when fast aiming is necessary. for combat actions in Iraq. with a cadence of 850 bullets per minute. all in caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum.7x28mm. American holographic pointer EOTech or domestic SGB OKO. then Czech Sellier Bellot with an armor grain weighing 7. When it comes to small weapons.65x17mm Beowning( 32 APC). such as German Walther P99 or domestic Czech Zbrojovka ČZ-75D Compact . For the same purpose. the unit has at its disposal several Israeli automatic weapons IMI Mini UZI.One of the models which is in great usage is A5 with an expending butt and shooting range of three Canadian non – deadly ammunition SIMUNITION.This gun is modified by .This group of accessory devices is also joined by a laser pointer in the visible IC range.62x39mm is used in situations where a weapon of strong caliber is needed.a famous German automatic Heckler and Koch MP-5 caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum of different manufactures . For a more specific purpose during their actions. type P-90 of a revolutionary caliber 5. Ammunition.5x35 compact telescopic sights with with tritium illuminated reticle patterns for use in low light or at night. such as smashing the lock or door hinges for an easier intrusion in the room or stopping the cars. when arresting and in raids of dangerous criminals. with a possibility for using the Magnum ammunition. Czech version of the Kalashnikov VZ. ČZ-75 and ČZ-85.58 caliber 7.URNA can also use other semi-automatic pistol models they dispose with. with a butt of american manufacturer CHOATE MACHINE &TOOL is normally used within the mission of VIP protection.It is possible to attach a flashlight to this gun Insight type M3X. with a transparent magazine of 50 bullets type SS190. URNA members chose quality Austrian pistols GLOCK 17. caliber 9mm.It is possible to attach different accessory devices such as battery flash.This weapon is adequate for secret carrying under the suit and it is also possible to attach a silencer for more discrete usage.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE case as with many other countries units.5 grams and ammunition of Mag tech type 3D.which is found here.. which uses the same ammunition as MP-5. whereas a third version of this weapon MP-5KA4-PDW(Personal Defence Weapons). which successfully goes through a ballistic vest. Certain items are modified so as to carry an excellent German enhancing optics x4 Zeiss Hensoldt for precise shooting up to a 100 metres range.The most recognizable and one of the most used shotguns in special force units is Italian Benelli model M3T. URNA members use shotguns caliber 12mm of Italian manufacturer Franchi and Benelli.5 and 8. URNA uses an integrated version with a silencer SD-6. unit has at its disposal a more heavier pistol Glock 19. road blockage etc.

5-20x50mm. that is SAKO TRG-42 caliber 8. pistol holster Safariland. British ballistic shields Bristol etc. protetective mask MAR-95 NBC. probably to replace out-of date VZ.. protection gloves “HATCH Opertor” in combination with Nomex-kevlar. knee and elbow pads HATCH”Centurion”.It uses the system of locking CZ Mauser 98.308 Winchester with a barrel’s length of 26 inch.62x51mm (. At its formation. When it comes to optics. monocular night vision glasses of the same production. XENA from Prague.5 inches that enables an excellent precision. series GN. not very precise weapon but with an efficient and strong firing power. camouflage suits Ghillei “FADEN“ for conditons in thick green vegetation. magnifying 6. TNM ••• 35 . weapon easily used and it uses various kinds of ammunition 40x46 such as CS/15P. Likewise. protection goggles ESS. during the intrusions. which is 1180mm long and weighing around 5 kilos. for a daily aiming Leupold Vari-XIIII is used. intended for usage in urban areas. The rest of the gear includes headpiece of Petris model P3001. Agents.308 Win.INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSIDE INSID implementing couple of accessories produced by an Israeli company TDI.5. This is actually dark blue. boots Magnum type HI-Tec Midnite and Puma. accompanied by the old outdated model RV85 caliber 26. caliber. and for night aiming Norwegian Simrad Optronics KN252F is used. MARS belts. Personal equipment is supplemented by a winter suit Vývoj Třešt ECWCS 2000. The first model is a domestic rifle bull-pup configuration and it is done according to the requirements of the URNA team. barrel 3rd generation. with a front grip and a flash battery Laser Products. it is possible to modify the weapon by removing the ordinary grip and switching it with an aluminum one with four rails Picatinny.For operations in conditions of low visibility and at night URNA disposes with systems such as Norwegian Simrad KN252F. which is possible to be attached with a pistol grip or strong flash battery of American production Streamlight TLR-1.) is used for shooting up to more than 600 metres range. based on the American uniform ACU. Sound and Flash. Unit’s arsenal is completed with an excellent charging rifle Heckler and Koch G-36 in versions G-36Export.62x54 R is another model of sniper weapon used by URNA. the unit has a grenade launcher 40mm “Granatpistole” H&K.This weapon has an attachment of optical pointer Scmidt&Bender PMII (Police Marksman) 5-25x56mm. with a barrel 2a Generation Plus. Personal equipment includes overalls with a digital camouflage pattern. all accessory holsters for spare magazines and rest of MARS gear. URNA members can be seen with a new charging rifles H&K-416 purchased in a limited number. When it comes to rest of the arms.This weapon is usually used by the teams set around the Czech Embassy in Kabul and Baghdad. Lately. police forces cannot wear uniforms that military use.This weapon. Interventions are ordinarily done in black overalls.58 guns. helmet Pro-Tech.308 Winchester and it is equipped with a domestic optics magnifying power x6. and a compact G-36KV equipped with a fixed optical pointer HK with a magnifying power x3. The rifle of the highest quality in URNA arsenal is definitely Finish SAKO TRG-22 caliber .6 x70mm (. type MOLLE. domestically made. usually wear a ballistic vests Petris Model P2023. again domestic manufacturer made in combination of materials Nomex/Goretex. URNA has 10 supremely trained snipers that act upon the actions requiring high precision. Russian Dragunov 7. Swiss sniper rifle Sig Sauer SSG-3000 caliber 7.5mm. that was recently accompanied with a rifle of the same caliber and same manufacturer.It is interesting to mention that according to Czech law. and with three models of foreign manufacture that are regarded as the world’s best weapons . Impact SIGN. barrel 2a Generation Plus. “LEAVES“ for autumn conditions and “HEJKAL” for winter ones.338 Lapua Magnum). intended for shooting up to 1500 metres range. with a possibility of attaching a round magazine with 100 bullets. CS/1-D.They are equipped with one model of sniper rifle of domestic production. and on top of it a tactical vest handmade by DASTA. has an ergonomic and adjusting butt and a barrel of 23.

almost forced the pilot to an emergency landing. extra fuel costs and unnecessary surcharges for the plane. I was asked wether I needed to cuff her with plastic restraints but I declined as I was able to guard her till we . Boarding started roughly one hour before the flight was due to take off. apparently on a trip to meet her family in Ramallah. the hassle of having to organize an hotel stay for the 250 passengers. before boarding the aircraft. I am Mr sharon and this is the account of the incident I witnessed that day. the regular TSA checking is not considered enough. Checking operations were handled by Delta personnel and they failed to spot the Palestinian woman whose behavior should have set alarm bells ringing. The passenger was a Palestinian woman from Chicago. to an expert eye. I restrained her using limited force. later on during the flight. then I alerted the crew and some doctors who were travelling to Israel. There were no Air Marshals on the plane to assist me in restraining the woman who kept being problematic during the whole flight. Delta flight 86 to Tel Aviv took off on time and without any special hitches. There would have been the need of an emergency landing. her BPR (Body Language) didn’t escape Mr’s Sharon attention. I was waiting to board at Gate 6 in JFK Airport and. her behavior highly suspect ands. a retired SWO Israeli Police) who noticed her threatening behavior even when in the terminal. Danny has over 25 years of police and military training and served as a reservist for 11 years in the Israeli Army Alpine Anti-Terror Ski Patrol Unit on the Syrian-Lebanese Border at Mt Hermon.retired 56 year old Israeli Police Commander from Northern Israel. as I usually do. this was due to TNM ••• 36 the fact that there is a second security check with X-ray scanning for passengers going to Tel Aviv. This was avoided by the intervention of a passenger (Daniel Sharon. I was observing those around me. with regular US citizenship. To go wrong was the passengers check-in: Delta security in-fact allowed on the plane an estranged a 36 years old Palestinian/American woman who. it was obvious that once on the plane she would have endangered the flight. the West-Bank and North of Jerusalem. causing a delay. September 2009 FROM NEW YORK TO TEL-AVIV BY DANIEL SHARON (ISRAEL) Daniel Sharon .SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIA Incident Report.

I immediately readied myself for action! She got up from her seat after kissing the Khoran and started to move towards the flight assistant who was serving drinks. this was probably true and could explain her behavior. 500 miles west in midAtlantic: I started to suspect the woman as I sat almost next to her and we started a conversation. as he is allowed to carry a weapon on EL AL flights. All started when we were flying above Ireland. they were extremely impressed with the coolness and speed with which I restrained the woman and pinned her to the floor. she told me that someone from the Ramallah aere would have collected her at the airport and took her to her family. The week before the incident.AL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT S got to destination where she would have been handed over to the authorities. Furthermore. He was going there to prepare The security arrangements aimed to protect the Israeli Prime Minister and. held her wrists tight and searched for a weapon which I found in her right hand. EL AL is the official company for our personnel and always declares to have Air Marshals but this is actually not true as I declared during and after the incident on the Delta flight 086 on the 26th September. I pushed the woman to the floor. While we were chatting. They didn’t overlook the possible embarrassment of the company security either. Once we had finally landed. This alerted me immediately as the Israeli Security Forces have closed all access from the West Bank to Gaza early morning before the beginning of any major Jewish holiday. she took out a Koran and started to read it so I overheard her saying “Ana Bechabak Islam” and after a minute or so “Allah hu Akbar Falestin”. It was a small box cutter with a razor edged blade. he was told to leave leave it in the security bay of the plane like. I was asked wether in the past I had been an EL AL Sky marshal. I asked for assistance to the crew but was told that the company -unlike EL AL. I was thanked by the crew and the Delta station manager for preventing a major incident on the plane and the relative financial loss that and emergency landing creates.does not have any marshals covering flights. also taking into consideration that in the morning she had had a seizure. She was lying. After the incident I recollected her saying earlier that she was an epileptic. I removed it from her and snapped the blade so it couldn’t wound me or anyone else. my son (an Israeli Government Security Agent) flew out to New York on the outgoing Delta flight that left Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion Airport on September 17th at 11:00am. TNM ••• 37 .

SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIAL REPORT SPECIA Wasn’t September 11th 2001 enough for America? Why does Delta have to lie on the presence of Air Marshals on their flights? This goes against the trust between our nations and exposes a serious lack of security. when searching for her passport. the woman -also taking into consideration her medical condition. . No matter the circumstances. Had she been a terrorist. matters could have turned out differently. I like to point out that. SHOULD he/she have taken such a risk? Security must not end at the boarding gate. to spot that woman? Would a ‘normal’ person have taken such a risk? Or. security must travel with us. a professionally trained Police officer. I found none. I felt the need to expose the truth and wrote a report that will be forwarded to the Israeli Secret Service. I regard what has happened a true scandal. more to the point. Israeli Airports Authority.should not have been allowed to travel without any assistance. I now wonder on the concept of ‘security’ and personal responsibility: what if it was someone else and not I. Delta Security Bureau and to the TSA offices.


intelligence agencies and commercial or humanitarian EOD companies are improving their capabilities through organisational change. where is it and what does it mean to you? BY ROBERT SHAW MSc (U. across the globe. TNM ••• 40 .K.FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS O the current world of explosive ordnance disposal what is it. More than ever before. military and civilian EOD organisations.) The world of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) forces and services and that of existing traditional security are in many ways synergetic and have increased its visibility and importance as a skill set since 9/11 and the opening of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Another image that might come to mind is that of the image made famous in World War 2. the governments that do not want unsecured or even surplus clock adds to the excitement by ammunition items of countries counting down even quicker than before. the field of ammunition timer. This means the spectrum of EOD is relevant right across the board from post conflict countries and developing countries to those of the first world. even if it’s just the variety of enemy weapons and their tactics! So what is EOD as we understand it today? The current world of EOD consists of the following fields: Demining and improved training and smart Battlefield Area Clearance (BAC). But what Conventional Munitions Disposal does this mean to you? What exactly is EOD and what fields does (CMD) and Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) which it consist of? contains Improvised Explosive The immediate image that most people have when someone thinks Device Disposal (IEDD). the operator cuts another wire to stop the clock and save the world (or at least him and his team mate). very different to that portrayed in the movies and some techniques and equipment have certainly moved on from WW2. All fields of EOD are more and more under the spotlight recently due to the current focus on counter insurgency across the world and the lasting legacy and long term impact of explosive remnants of war (ERW) from previous conflicts and the way these two aspects have been connected in recent times. we are not talking about minefields but actually tunnels that were dug beneath the surface by specialist engineer units with personnel drawn from the coal and other mineral extraction industries. Each of the mine issues has evolved as the weapons and mines in use have developed in each conflict and the ground over which the conflict occurred. personnel and is typically leaning over an improvised explosive device (IED) equipment which add up to the that has curly wires (coloured red capability of the EOD force. For example in World War One when we say mines. in the movies. strands of training. commercial and intelligence forces. will discuss with his team mate It is now associated with EOD (who is invariably sat next to him) due to the security concerns of and then they end up tossing a coin anyway! Having cut a wire. civilian. Counter Terrorist Search and Weapons of EOD is that of the Improvised Intelligence (WIT/WTI or WIS). such as a hand held surface to air missile (SAM) being used against commercial airliners. lifting mines from a minefield by hand. and encompasses operations of military. TNM ••• 41 . until finally. which he storage and ammunition stockpile management has grown closer. Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Underpinning these fields are the operator. who. The operator always has to decide which wire to cut. The realities of EOD operations are.ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON seconds to go. equipment acquisition. or as part of complex attacks. The effort to prevent the spread of military grade ordnance into terrorist or even criminal hands is known as counter proliferation. Or maybe it’s the engineer. and blue)leading to an electronic Although normally not associated with EOD. normally with a stethoscope to see if the fuse is ticking. DEMINING AND BAC There are legacy mine and battlefield area clearance tasks dating from World Wars One and Two through to the Vietnam War and Falklands conflicts and to modern Afghanistan and Korea. of course. that of the operator leaning over an enemy aircraft bomb. with single falling into terrorist hands to be used in IED’s.

The fusing systems on both aircraft bombs and sub munitions also evolved to become smarter to increase the time that it takes the EOD force to clear them. The demining tasks in contaminated countries will be slowly completed through humanitarian demining companies. of time and immediate post war Funding for these activities is a TNM ••• 42 . so did the task of demining which had to encompass area clearance of ERW on the surface. Within the field of demining is also Mine Risk Education and resettlement of mine victims. and the gaps in the wire obstacles that also evolved. to provide or enhance an obstacle flow.FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS O clearance operations. Munitions such as those that are air delivered at first became larger due to the constantly increasing lift capability of military aircraft. such as modern day Libya where hundreds of kilometres of British. The mines within these and ERW is the type of ground. so the rate of across no man’s land. hand is the only option. Despite the passage security of company personnel. but they traditionally By WW2. whether clearing by concrete emplacements and create equipment (metal detectors). but sub munitions also came into more widespread use. some of these mines are still presenting a hazard. mines had evolved from The tunnelling companies dug have very limited resources. and onwards charges to fields of mines designed clearance will always ebb and underneath the enemies positions. and the fact that it was not deemed necessary to conduct clear-up operations since there was a sparse population in the affected area and the minefields were perceived to preserve border integrity! As weapon systems evolved. Other factors in the time to enemy personnel and armoured it takes to clear land of mines There they filled the end of the tunnel with large amounts of vehicles. tunnels filled with explosive underneath their own front line due to funding. But not only have they got progressively smaller due to increasing accuracy and the desire to avoid collateral damage. explosive that were subsequently obstacles evolved from metal which dictates whether the use of detonated on the eve of large scale casings to wooden as typical mechanical clearance equipment counter measures like search attacks to destroy trenches and is feasible. German and Italian mines on the border with Egypt are left in place due to the dry weather conditions preserving the mines. Sub munitions tend to be delivered by air to create an explosive obstacle similar to a minefield. couldn’t be achieved with artillery.

This situation. then it was the job of the military EOD force. due to the downsizing of military forces worldwide alongside the increased demand for housing. as during any post conflict power vacuum.ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON mix of international donors. The clearance of these areas can be a long term operation. in wartime. which could also include air craft bombs that have failed to detonate. like governments and the UN. the storage of ammunition and weapon systems has also connected to EOD. This. arms companies and foreign governments exacerbated the issue by pushing the sale of large amounts of ammunition and weapon systems as well. As well as dealing with stocks of enemy ammunition. there is now an ongoing requirement for clearance of ranges and training areas globally. through to humanitarian projects and commercial clearances paid for by companies (such as oil. the EOD operator would also have to deal with any unexploded ordnance fired in the fighting for the ASA. and have unexploded NATO aircraft bombs in them as well! Humanitarian and commercial demining companies have had to move into the field of the ASA’s and ammunition management as the current post conflict countries they are clearing up contained a large amount of ammunition stockpiles. The areas are also covered with UXO. AMMUNITION MANAGEMENT AND COUNTER PROLIFERATION Traditionally. A country’s own storage facilities were a logistical function. a problem now faced in Libya where their ASA’s were hit hard by NATO aircraft bombs and most of the bunkers are now unusable. Of course. but when it came to dealing with large scale captured enemy stocks and ammunition storage areas (ASA’s). The countries of Iraq. Afghanistan and Libya all contained stocks on a scale beyond that which was required for national defence and the size of their armed forces. in part. gas or construction) that require land to be assessed and cleared prior and /or concurrently with other expensive building activities. has brought the clearance of ASA’s into the realm of a counter proliferation issue. are sometimes surrounded by protective minefields. Apart from commercial companies requiring clearance activities. was due to the large stock being a status symbol for the country’s leaders and to intimidate their neighbours throughout the region. there are genuine concerns that the ammunition and weapon stockpiles will fall TNM ••• 43 . Humanitarian demining and battlefield area clearance is a use of EOD skill sets in a post conflict environment by civilian EOD operators and their staff.

through to rockets. This includes. missiles and artillery shells to mortar bombs. where extremist Islamic TNM ••• 44 terrorists fighting to overthrow the government might well gain access to and control the countries chemical weapons. conventional aircraft delivered bombs and sub munitions. military grade plastic explosive. be sold and smuggled across the world to be used in IED’s against European nations or the USA. not just simple ‘ready use’ items. CONVENTIONAL MUNITIONS DISPOSAL (CMD) Conventional Munitions Disposal is really the basis of the skill sets used in wartime by military forces and in peacetime by the humanitarian or commercial EOD companies. such as small arms ammunition (SAA) and RPG’s but.FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS O into the hands of insurgents and terrorists to increase their capabilities. man portable air defence systems (MANPADS) and even chemical and biological ammunition. Conventional munitions are those manufactured by the state and range from nuclear weapons. grenades and SAA. more worryingly. This situation is currently seen in Syria. . in theory. These could then.

suicide devices. the EOD operator will use a donor charge. These items are normally termed Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) or ‘blinds’. vulnerable point (VP) search. The campaign by Irish nationalist groups. either in wartime or in training on ranges and have not functioned as intended. In both the cases of BCMD and NWD the items to be disposed of are state manufactured and have fusing systems that provide safety in storage. Both types of CMD require procedures that limit the amount of expensive. improvised fusing system. the IED has become the weapon and tactic of choice. This part of CMD is known as ‘logistic disposal’. such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). As the items are generally unsafe to move. to detect IED’s before they have detonated with the right tactics and search equipment and finally to exploit the information presented by recovered devices and other forms of intelligence. These means of disposal usually take place on a licensed demolition ground and in large quantities. such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In the past. then that comes under the realm of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). to protect our forces by providing them with the right equipment to mitigate IED effects. Where as an EOD operator dealing with conventional ammunition has a recognised fusing system and munitions to deal with and thereby has a standard Render Safe Procedure (RSP). vehicle check points (VCP’s). to cause casualties to All of the ammunition items that normally carry high explosive (HE) can. the IEDD operator has to assess the IED he faces and create his own and TNM ••• 45 . Alternatively. This means they have been fired. forces are trained from the early stages of their careers. The ethos of C-IED is to prevent casualties by thorough training. mine awareness.5 and 20 m checks isolation drills.ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON or another technique. In more recent campaigns. SEARCH AND WEAPONS INTELLIGENCE C-IED is a relatively new term that has been coined and developed during the GWOT. where the conflict was more that of an insurgency. detect and exploit! As part of the protect field we have the skill of IEDD. then it is termed Nuclear Weapons Disposal (NWD). transit and firing. If they are used with a different. IED’s were used by indigenous criminal and terrorist groups with some spread of technology but were used in relatively small numbers. carry biological and chemical fillings. IEDD. protect. serviceable high explosive used to initiate the unserviceable or blind items and minimise the amount of fragmentation and debris created by the detonation. medical and EOD reporting. urban and rural patrolling. and blow them up in place. the use of Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) and incident management. whilst reducing the casualties of the insurgents. then specific procedures and equipment are used and this field is termed Biological and Chemical Munitions Disposal (BCMD). coalition forces. techniques and procedures (TTP’s) that help us prevent. To protect the security forces against the increased use of IED’s. leads us to develop tactic. in Northern Ireland is a case in point. used in ever greater numbers. which would lose the fight in any symmetrical battle due to our technological edge. C-IED. Where the filling of the ammunition is chemical or biological. through pre-deployment training to constant refresher training during operations in all necessary skill sets: counter insurgency mission planning. which is where the EOD operator uses specific equipment and knowledge to ‘disrupt’ the IED and tries to safely recover as much of the component parts (in the form of evidence)as possible to feed into the intelligence chain. the items for disposal may not have been fired at all and might be surplus or obsolescent stock. insurgent tactics and weaponry (including IED’s). patrol search. If the weapon is a nuclear one. which in turn. of course.

tactics. The branch was a mix of military and civilian personnel. In some cases these devices would have to be dealt with by assault IED forces. In the next article we will look more closely at the training of EOD operators and their skill sets. once rendered safe. he generally wears a protective suit and where possible uses remote means (robotics) to disrupt the device. in various fields. my post included developing and maintaining close working relationships with various members of the international intelligence and military community to ensure alignment and coordination of efforts on a variety of Security Operations issues. technology and procedures. My post broadened my experience of mentoring and advising senior government ministers and persuading different agencies with conflicting priorities to work together to a common aim. post conflict and peacetime by military and civilian assets. Whilst in Afghanistan. in assault IEDD. biological. In 2009 I completed a MSc in Global Security at Cranfield University. Weapons Intelligence (WIS/WTI/WIT) is the term generally given to those forces. TNM ••• 46 . where the operator is seamlessly integrated into a Special Forces (SF) assault team. which is then fed into the ‘lessons learnt’ domain where it influences future friendly TTP’s and equipment acquisition. Again. Special Forces and Defence Intelligence. diplomacy. By improving the understanding of the project amongst all stakeholders I was able to both extend and increase the project’s international funding. My previous post was managing a multicultural C-IED training department for ISAF in Afghanistan which has the responsibility for analysing insurgent weapons.FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS ON FOCUS O ROBERT SHAW MSC unique RSP to match the unique device. SUMMARY The world of EOD is quite large and its operators can be specialists in all aspects of its fields or. The course also included a breadth of disciplines from international relations. arms control and intelligence all the way down to applications of current and future weapons technology. All of the fields are equally pertinent and are in constant use in conflict. concerned with post attack scene investigation. their job is to collect components or even complete IED’s and. especially if they were located in a non permissive environment. Security and Intelligence. During this period I have been able to put my tactical experience of challenging and multicultural/ multiagency operations into context with the strategy and theory of Security policies. the use of the suit and robotics is inappropriate and therefore specialist training is required. the skills and equipment used to safely disrupt these types of devices is very specialist and requires intensive and long term training. During my Army career. I expertly oversaw the successful smooth running of a major project and led a multiethnic/ multicultural team to complete this project on time and within budget. radiological or nuclear material is used in an IED instead of purely HE and fragmentation. To protect the operator. ensure they are exploited for any intelligence. specialise in one or two of them. I also assisted CSTC-A and the US State Department in the design and implementation of national EOD training policy. Another sub field of IEDD is that of CBRNe. However. drawn from ISAF nations. intelligence and police personnel. developing these into force protection and security training packages and then delivering them to ISAF and ANSF forces. As a member of the Territorial Army. I am currently a training consultant and director of Optimal Risk EOD Services. This is where chemical. running capabilities and training in various fields of EOD. Made up of IEDD operators. techniques. more normally. My previous employment with the UN in Kabul and its provinces was as a project manager within a Security Sector Reform and disarmament project. I worked as an ATO and HT IEDD/ WIS Operator requiring the management and coordination of personnel of all arms. I run training in Patrolling and Close Quarter Combat. in support of Airborne Forces.


When I first arrived a few years ago. an eco-adventures company Led lenser H7 tNm ••• 48 . I knew that my focus was going to be on developing businesses in a very new environment. but I did not consider how much of an asset my prior tactical training and knowledge would be as I dove into the experience with eyes wide open. haarbrink (usa) Not far from where the famous – and to some. Since then.S. this ecological blend of Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforest was a sleepy. I have walked the tenuous lines of survival and experience. The first experience to snap me into the zone was 6 months spent in a farmhouse nestled up the hills as I began work on my first project. lies the beautiful Caribbean Panama coastline locally referred to as Costa from report from report from report from GatorMachete markside by Joshua a. The rapidly developing country of Panama called to me as I was working my way out of a reasonably successful career that included investigations and security consulting/ services. sparselypopulated collection of small towns that hugged the shore along the coast from the busy main port city of Colon to the legendary San Blas Islands of the Guna Yala. Army Jungle Operations Training Center once operated. business and personal development and the challenges of tactically adapting and overcoming problems on a daily basis. infamous – U.

measuring food/ water for a cross-country hunt. there is a balance between understanding how much or how little you can get away with carrying. from which I developed a few important guidelines for myself regarding equipment and preparation: • Carry only as little and as much as you need • Travel modularly. I never leave my gear in the vehicle for any extended amount of time as folks seem to succumb quite easily to the temptation to break a window in for an opportunistic grab. or spending the day exploring old logging roads on horseback. be organized • Invest in your life/ livelihood with quality gear • Take care of your gear and your gear will take care of you Carry only as little and as muCh as you need Luckily for me. it Led lenser H7 Focusable tNm ••• 49 . As any survivalist – whether in nature or the urban jungle – will attest to. Whether it’s counting out magazines for a nighttime patrol. I have had the joy of experiencing Panama in a Hyundai Galloper (a barebones but tough mid-size 4x4 SUV) in which I have been able to keep my gear most of the time when I’m on the move. Even from report from report from report from rep called Panama Outdoor Adventures.

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Led Lenser® H7 headlamp. Leatherman MUT® multi-tool. a stocked medical kit. etc. MUT Utility Silver Clsd La tNm ••• 51 . Gerber® Gator Machete Jr. depending on need. I do this by breaking things down into three principal bags: • My Tactical Tailor® backpack holds a small dry-bag containing a towel and change of light clothing. As with the equipment itself. mini Pelican case with batteries and other stay-dry incidentals. from report from report from report from rep MUT Silver Open consider how that gear is stashed. seconds count when you’re moving with speed and purpose while expecting your gear to keep up with you. packs and cases offer endless configurations for hauling your precious cargo. a creative variety of bags.. travel modularly. and a variety of other general use items including toiletries. or running code to catch up with a flight-risk suspect. SteriPen® water treatment kit. be organized Regardless of whether you are running to catch a flight. Led Lenser® MT7 flashlight. camera. but the key is to develop an organized system that allows muscle-memory retrieval of what you need when you need it.

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Using the external webbing points on the bag, I can also mount other pouches or equipment as well as tether tools via paracord or retractable cables. This bag is effectively my overnight bag and aside from food, it can sustain me for days on end in most scenarios. • Cleverly disguised

as a computer bag, my tech pack carries my laptop, various cables and adaptors, a notebook with sleeves for documents, pens, Leatherman® Skeletool® CX, 5.11® ATAC™ PLx flashlight and a small locking pouch for money, receipts or sensitive documents. Professional and functional, this bag is all about business and goes with me into meetings and the office. • Known as a bail-outbag or grab-bag (and to my friends as my man-purse), my 5.11® PUSH™ Pack carries the essentials in an accessible, compact and comfortable platform. The external webbing makes for easy mounting of my 5.11® Soar Polarized sunglasses case, Fenix TK15 flashlight, and Leatherman® OHT®. The variety of pouches on the outside as well as the compartments inside provide for plenty of room to stash additional quick-access

items including radio equipment, a water bottle, gloves, small notebook, Fujifilm XP water/shock/dust/ freeze-resistant camera, keys, bug spray, sunblock and other small necessities. These bags are both redundant and complimentary to each other. Some types of items are duplicated (such as lights and multitools) but the packs also allow for scalability with regard to the function of the tools (smaller lights vs. larger lights). I have also configured the bags so that they can all be easily worn and carried at the same time while leaving my hands free. Maintaining organization within the bags is important in allowing me to be able to access any item quickly and accurately, even without looking when out of reach or in the dark. invest in your life/ livelihood with quality gear While heroic feats abound and the tactical techniques of operators are now becoming primetime entertainment in the form of “reality” TV shows and competitions, many would have to agree that the tools that we equip ourselves with do make the difference between success and failure and even life and death. So while our opinions on which tool outperforms the others may differ sometimes, I think most of us that depend on our gear

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believe that it is worth it to pay for quality. Our budgets may expose us to a range of those quality products, but it is the important mindset of truly valuing the tools that we carry that ensures that we are as equipped as possible for any situation. take Care of your gear and your gear will take Care of you It can be quite frustrating to be presented with the challenge of opening a rusty multi-tool screwdriver when trying to remove the screws to an electrical panel around the house, but it is quite another thing to do a forced entry on a warrant search and realize that you haven’t checked the batteries on your weapon light for a couple weeks as it flickers out. When I invest in quality equipment, I know that my investment will continue to serve me as long as I maintain it. One of the most impressive experiences in the Caribbean coastal rainforest is the incredible rate at which everything grows, as well as the balance found in the incredible rate at which everything decays. Even treated metals rapidly disintegrate in the tropical mix of moisture, heat and salt. So whether in the desert, the snow or the concrete jungle, respect your gear and keep up on cleaning, lubing, securing, organizing, recharging and reloading. It will count when it counts.
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The unique. were the unique features of such piece of clothing were finally appreciated. The issued smocks. Germany and Scandinavia. especially in France. a commercial market has developed multiple derivatives of smocks manufactured by lot of companies including such brands as Arktis or SASS.GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICA A TECHNOLOGICAL SMOCK TEXT AND PHOTO BY BARTOSZ SZOLUCHA (POLAND) Smock jackets are one of the most characteristic piece of combat clothing. During the SHOT Show 2011 VertX debut the new concept of smock: the wearable go-bag. Smocks have been by airborne and special forces troops since World War II – fabrics and camouflages were often changed but the cut was arely modified . it’s still the ‘good ole’ smock’. First. widely presented “US Smock” was technically advanced to VertX Smock by VertX. generous cut of this hooded parka with plenty of pockets allowing to carry the complete survival or first line kit. almost immediately associated with United Kingdom armed forces (and also to all the other Commonwealth countries). Of course. the updated version includes many new features (sleeve pockets which weren’t common in the past) but in overall. a smart design company that has quickly became widely recognized thanks to its low-profile tactical pants. smocks are now a widely issued part of equipment for every British Soldier. smocks are also very popular for use in reconnaissance and among mountain infantry units. not always fit to the custom requirements of all users and naturally. In past few years. the smock fashion also arrived to the United States. Since the introduction of British new Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage and Personal Clothing System (PCS) in February 2011. soon became its trademark. TNM ••• 55 . In the other countries. which apparently are one of the best of military clothing ever developed. Most of new projects were very “traditional” but there are some with incredible innovative solutions. Smocks have always been the symbol of elite forces and a piece of gear that all international partners of SAS or Royal Marines wanted to have. both in cut and fabrics.

The main zipper is a solid two-way YKK additionally concealed with wind flap that provides protection against wind. There is detachable hood with a very short brim which might be attached with three Canadian-style slotted buttons. The collar is very generous polo-neck chosen to protect against harsh weather conditions. two large Napoleon-style chest pouches with vertical concealed zippers. If not used. in the middle and at the bottom with an elastic shock cord. there are ten pockets in the VertX Smock. it might be folded down and kept in one of the pockets. First of all. Both sleeves are gusseted and articulated allowing any unstrained movements. There are plenty of pockets. The interior of the hood is lined with fleece to provide additional warmth in low temperature conditions. there are very long two way zippers that work as ventilation for the core during heavy endurance. As mentioned in the beginning of this article. Under both arms. if necessary.TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL FEATURES VertX Smock has a traditional generous cut which might be tightened down. These are TNM ••• 56 . The material used is a very soft mesh which keeps snow and debris from entering the jacket. ten in all. rain or snow when most zippers would fail. This generous hood might be cinched down in two places if necessary. in the armpits.

a wallet or even an M4/M16 30 round magazine. Inside and in the chest pockets there are magazine compartments too. a mobile. sometime called “poacher pockets” with slanted entries. capable to carry a single M4/M16 or even HK G36 and AK magazines! On both arms there are large parts of Velcro loops for ID patches. These are also fleece-lined and serve as hand warmers. Inside every chest pocket there is small compartment which might be used to keep a notepad. Below there are two cargo pockets with flaps and Canadian-style slotted buttons closures. Pockets are bellowed at the bottom for extra capacity. On the lower back the are two large cargo pockets. FABRICS The VertX smock is made up of a highly advanced 2-way stretch soft shell laminate called Delta 40D TNM ••• 57 . The most interesting of the lot are two pocket sewn between the lower front and the lower back pockets: these are internal magazine pouches with Velcro flaps. Two additional huge pockets with entry zippers are sewn to the sleeves near the biceps – their size is about 24 x 18 cm so they are capable to carry even a large first aid dressings like Olaes. bellowed at the bottom and sides for extra capacity.L GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICA really huge.

Currently. it is bacteria-static: bacterias will grow only to a certain level and then this will stay constant. To be more specific.TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL GEAR TACTICAL from Schneider Mills printed in Crye Precision Multicam by Duro Industries. the price is very high due to the cut and the fabrics used but let’s keep in mind that it’s a very specific clothing item and all soldiers just do not need such highly technological stuff. VertX is working on two solid colored versions of its smocks. It seems it was designed for a high warmth/weight ratio and it accomplishes it by trapping the body heat inside. Water and substances such as oil or ketchup simply run off the NanoSphere surface that is self-cleaning and any residue can easily be rinsed off with a little water. not even when soaked for long periods. No fabric softener or dryer sheets have to be used. It is laminated in the inside with a moisture wicking and anti-bacterial knit which allows for quick drying comfort. ideal for soft shell jackets. even though the fabric is textured. The main fabric of those smocks will be of a different type and it will have almost the same structure and performance but it will cost less. The surface of the Delta fabric is Schoeller® NanoSphere® treated. which means that this fabric is completely windproof. The jacket therefore requires less frequent washings at lower temperatures (wash resistance is up to 100 washings). The NanoSphere DWR coating is very water-resistant and slick to the touch. Looking at the test report for the Delta fabric. The NanoSphere coating has a high level of abrasion resistance and its protective function is retained even under heavy-duty use. TNM ••• 58 . The elbows are reinforced with patches of lightweight Cordura 330D in Crye Precision Multicam which will protect them against wear and tear in harsh conditions. similar to Coyote Brown. Delta 40D is almost completely windproof but the priced paid is a lower air permeability. available online. I’d consider the Velocity model most suitable just for cool weather use and not for hot or humid climates. the air permeability is zero. Currently. MVT is in the ‘low’ range. For these reasons. one will be black and the other in Ambush color. It is a micro-ripstop textured 40D nylon 2-way stretch soft shell which is IR treated and has a completely matte (even when wet) and pretty soft feel. The nano-particles in the NanoSphere finish form a fine structure on the textile surface. Water beads slide on the surface so that it doesn’t get wet. not very breathable.


The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley. a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers. The blistering trek across Afghanistan’s infamous Red Desert. Bradley’s Special Forces A-team and two others. a primary mission focus. A mass exodus of civilians heralded the carnage to come. Bradley’s small detachment assaulted the hill and. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere. Sperwan Ghar itself: unremitting waves of fire from machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. the tireless sergeant who seems to be everywhere at once. and towering marijuana stands. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. the largest offensive in its history. The close relations with the Afghan people and army. the softspoken intelligence officer with laser-sharp insight.S. To stop them. the diminutive Afghan commander with a Goliath-sized heart. Key to relieving it and calling in effective air strikes was possession of a modest patch of high ground called Sperwan Ghar. TNM ••• 60 . their strategically vital onetime capital. Now Bradley recounts the whole remarkable story as it actually happened. Americans and Afghans alike— the “shaky” medic with nerves of steel and a surgeon’s hands in battle. along with their longtime Afghan Army allies. soon learned they were facing nearly a thousand seasoned fighters—from whom they seized an impossible victory. Army Special Forces commander. Lions of Kandahar is an inside account from the unique perspective of an active-duty U. an unparalled warrior with multiple deployments to the theater who has only recently returned from combat. the death trap of a cutoff compound. the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa. lush orchards. poised to reclaim Kandahar Province. Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. a targeted truck turned into an inferno. laced through with treacherous irrigation ditches. the cool maverick who risks all to rescue a grievously wounded comrade—each unique. The eerie traces of the elusive Taliban. all indelible in their everyday exercise of extraordinary heroism.TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL One of the most critical battles of the Afghan War is now revealed as never before. Dispatched as a diversionary force in support of the main coalition attack. Most important: the men. watched from across the valley as the NATO force was quickly engulfed in a vicious counterattack. in the midst of a savage and unforgettable firefight.

New York Times bestselling author of Kill Bin Laden "A rAw And Authentic wAr story About untAmed Green berets in Action.this is A sure bet sPeciAl Forces exit strAteGy. brAdley And mAurer crush it! mr. unleAsh more oF these brAve lions Across AFGhAnistAn And AmericA will win this wAr". President. .L BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICA Dalton Fury . GrAb A coPy .

Why did you decide that it was time to pick up the pen. LIONS OF KANDAHAR chronicles the heroic actions of the men you led in the battle of Sperwan Ghar. That will be where the Taliban will make its final stand. serving as an infantryman for six years before earning his commission from Officer Candidate School in 1999. they also protected me. but few will sit down and actually to put pen to paper. These men are as close to me as my own family. I decided that the story had to be told. it is about the men and the mission. I have been pleasantly surprised at the positive feedback from the military community. What will you remember most from this battle? And once it was TNM ••• 62 over. While the battle is the centerpiece of the story. A native of North Carolina. This book is not about failure. When I close my eyes I can see Jude Voss desperately trying to rescue Greg next to a vehicle burning out of control. the fate of the war will be decided. We fight for the guys to our left and right. were you able to stay in contact with the men who fought with you? What will remember most? That is a really big question. on his third combat tour as a Special Forces team leader. and how has the military community reacted to it so far? The thought of writing a book actually crossed my mind during the battle. Movies tend to focus on the sexy quick strike. I realized the true magnitude of what had happened and the sacrifices of the men there. I want readers to know that the events depicted in LIONS OF KANDAHAR are a prime example of what America can do when it sets its jaw and refuses to bow its back. And there. What evolved was a collaborative partnership among the special operations community to help tells this incredible story. the key battles in southern Afghanistan will be fought on the same battlefield as the battle of Sperwan Ghar. who volunteered to go with you and was badly injured. TALK WITH MAJOR BRADLEY LIONS OF KANDAHAR is your first book. the community and the Army in general by asking permission and keeping them involved every step of the way. or even sheer escape. Four years ago. but on close-knit Special Forces teams.S. How does LIONS OF KANDAHAR contribute to the literature of the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror? What do you want readers to take away from this book? LIONS OF KANDAHAR is not a battle book. There are things you cannot understand unless you have walked that ground. when we started this project. Most of us talk about writing a book. and we understand that while I protected them during the battle. It’s about victory in absolute defiance of the odds in the face of an overwhelming enemy. “No one will ever believe this. issues that sometimes appear in books after people retire. I remember the desperation in Greg’s eyes as he thought he might die. My goal was to help readers understand combat and the brotherhood of those who fight. including Sergeant Greg Stube. I made it clear there were no hidden agendas.” Later. I think I earned the trust of my command. These are images I will live with for the rest of my life. I can see the A-10 pilot flying just above tree top level letting us know he was watching over us. when I had returned to the U. .TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL BOOK TACTICAL About Major Bradley Major Rusty Bradley was wounded during the Battle of Sperwan Ghar in command of a Special Forces A-team. he graduated from Mars Hill College and enlisted in the Army in 1993. in some way. This summer. what I want readers to take away from it is what the battle means now and the unique light it sheds on our current situation in Afghanistan. I do a lot of professional writing in the Army. This has nothing to do with agendas. I have been very fortunate to stay in touch with the heroes I served with. but it was fun to step out of the constraints of military reports and try and tell this story. and was in and out of the hospital. and you are the first Special Forces soldier to write a book while on active duty. my co-author Kevin Maurer and I approached the United States Army Special Operations Command simply to ask permission to write the book. And I wanted the American public to see the heroism of my teammates who amaze me every day. We have a bond from serving not only at Sperwan Ghar. I remember thinking. The real beast of burden is the day-to-day struggle to win the will of the people and defeat the insurgency.





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