HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit Features Training for Emergency Responders

The 2012 HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit will transform San Diego’s famous 44-acre Paradise Point island into a counter-terrorism battle lab.


July 25,2012

SAN DIEGO, CA—The 2012 HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit (October 29 – November 2, 2012) today announced its course and training lineup, designed for all stakeholders in the national security apparatus, including emergency responders, law enforcement, military, government agencies and private corporations. In a historic move, the Summit will transform San Diego’s famous 44-acre Paradise Point island into a counter-terrorism battle lab. Delegates will participate in land-based and maritime tactical training scenarios, live-action demonstrations featuring the latest weapons, gear and technologies, and course education from subject matter experts. The Summit’s keynote speakers include: General Michael Hayden (ret.), former director of the CIA and NSA; Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counterterrorism and Special Operations Bureau; and Alejandro Poiré Romero, Secretary of the Interior, Mexico.

The HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit’s multi-track training environment will educate and prepare delegates on the most current and relevant threats against the United States. Over 30 courses will be offered, including hands-on, experiential training classes. A full listing is available at www.thehalosummit.com. Course highlights include:

  • Domestic Counter-Terrorism Insurgency Operations - Douglas Ollivant (Senior Counterinsurgency Advisor to the Commander, Regional Command-East at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan; Director for Iraq at National Security Council)
  • Domestic Human Trafficking – Chappie Hunter (San Diego Police Department, Vice Unit)
  • Extreme Close Quarters Conditioning – (Wes Doss, Khyber Interactive Associates)
  • Home Invasion Kidnapping Enforcement – Lauri Burgett (Phoenix Police Department’s Home Invasion Kidnapping Unit Lieutenant)
  • Low-Light Tactical Operations – Ken Good (former Naval Special Warfare operator; author of Strategies of Low-Light Engagements: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Guide)
  • Managing a Terrorist Attack & Investigation: On-Site Commanders’ Lessons Learned (David Williams and Richard Marquise, onsite FBI commanders of the Lockerbie and Khobar Tower attacks)
  • Narco-Terrorism – Greg Ferency (International Tactical Officers Training Association)
  • Terrorism and Terrorist Organizations: Police, Military and Private Security Counter-Terrorism Complacency – Carl Hospedales (British Armed Forces)
  • Trafficked Victim’s Account of the U.S. Sex Trade – Natasha Herzig (advocate)
  • The ER is Full: Deploying the ER to the Field – Dr. Steven Phillips (Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Warrior Mindset and Practical Application - Tony Blauer (Blauer Tactical Confrontation Management Systems)

“The Summit’s education and training scenarios will require delegates to evaluate, problem solve and execute outside of a standard classroom setting, whether it be a border incursion, a maritime incursion, a natural disaster or a cyber-terrorism scenario,” said Brad Barker, president, HALO Corporation. “In an immersive multi-jurisdictional environment, war fighters, first responders and law enforcement will each be able to take a piece of the scenario and learn from each other. Fire chiefs participating with SWAT commanders are going to have a better understanding of how to work together effectively and what their counterparts need to make decisions on, without having to actually have any true physical threat to life and limb.”

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