HIGH THREAT TEAM COMBATIVES

 

Objective:  As a lone operator or working In a small team, operating in a complex environment containing innocent and non- threatening personnel, effectively engage and control high threat and terrorist subjects using integrated combatives with reasonable use of force.

 

SMALL TEAMS

Expecting larger teams to deal with modern high threat situations that are spontaneous in nature has been largely disproven.  Large teams require preparation time that is often not available, lack flexibility of response, and force operators--who usually work as an individual or in small teams on a day to day basis--into unfamiliar tactics.

For this reason, our training always starts with giving the lone operator necessary skills to move tactically and deal with threats from a position of advantage, then expands to put emphasis on the maneuver or multiple, independent small teams. This provides operators with confidence in their individual skills when isolated or dealing with problems on their own.  Adding more operators to the team using essentially the same tactics synergistically improves confidence, flexibility, and performance.

 

COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS

Counter-terror and other high risk operations do not take place in an isolated battlefield with clearly defined borders and personnel.  Urban environments are extremely complex with a mixture of friendly, innocent, non-compliant, and threatening subjects.  All tactics must be "precision" in nature to reduce collateral damage to ethical levels.  Static training in typical uncluttered ranges and environments without heavy drilling of threat identification is a disservice to operators who must operate in real world, complex situations.

High Threat Systems training places heavy emphasis on threat identification, clear sectors of responsibility, avoiding friendly fire, and moving through and around non-threatening parties in cluttered and complex environments.  This challenges operators to process information as much as it challenges them engage and control difficult targets.

 

HIGH THREAT AND TERRORIST SUBJECTS

High threat and terrorist subjects differ from the traditional because they are more prepared, better armed and equipped, and often suicidal or completely dedicated to resistance.  Operators can expect to encounter threats who wear body armor, use high powered assault style weapons, use explosives and I.E.D.s, and often expect to be confronted by opposing tactical forces.  Old tactics and much of what is currently taught is only effective against non-dedicated resisters or situations where there is total surprise.  When this is not the case, these tactics lead to catastrophic failures where multiple operators are injured or killed.  

Our training emphasizes achieving a tactical advantage against dedicated, prepared resisters.  And our method of maneuver is flexible enough to be used whether surprise is gained or lost, or time is insignificant or critical.  It is a universal method adaptable to any situation but relying on the same general tactics.  If operators are ready and expecting the worst, everything else will be easy.

 

REASONABLE FORCE

All tactical units are required to use reasonable force.  Unfortunately many systems emphasize dealing with situations only one way; that is engaging threats with firearms at moderate distances.  This once again is not reality.  With very few exceptions, modern tactical units will deal with 100s of subjects requiring less than lethal force before firing a single shot.  And, when shooting occurs, it is often at closer range or in more complicated situations than the operator is trained in.  

For this reason we always emphasize reasonable use of force and articulation of facts to support it's use.  We also focus on integrated combatives, training operators to be able to immediately engage with a wide range of force options, even with a firearm in hand.  We also heavily focus on close range engagement, reactionary engagement, and fighting from a position of disadvantage.  These are critical skills missing from typical marksmanship or dojo based training.

 

KEY COMBATIVES CONCEPTS:

  • Total Operator- Total Continuum Concept

  • There is always a gun in the fight because you are always armed

  • Skills must be usable in full kit and useful under duress

  • You must maximize the ability to immediately respond with lethal force

  • You must maximize ability to maintain 360 degree situational awareness

  • Teamwork must be synergistic

 

CRITICAL SKILL BLOCKS:

  • Weapons flow and movement with weapon in hands

  • Sectors of fire, earning the shot and avoiding friendly fire

  • Moving through and around non-combatants

  • Threat identification and justification of reasonable force

  • Standing and Ground Self-Defense and Subject Control in full kit

  • Transitioning and Integrative Combatives

  • Subject Control and Handcuffing

  • Weapon retention solo, and as a team

  • Working as a team to takedown resisters

  • Maintaining security and the ability to lethally respond when going non-lethal

  • Transitioning from movement to combatives to weapons firing skills

  • Integration of basic team maneuver and CQB with all skills