The clouds of tear gas, flurries of projectiles and images of police officers outfitted in military-grade hardware in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, and around the country have reignited concerns about the militarization of domestic law enforcement in the United States.
Shouts of “demilitarize the police! Reduce their ammunition! Place heavier restrictions on their rules of engagement! End the Police Brutality! Place them in handcuffs!” echo in the minds of millions across the nation.
What is happening is a form of insurgency and no one knows more about counter insurgency than US Special Forces operators.
Counter Insurgency or ‘COIN’ may be defined as “comprehensive civilian and military efforts taken to simultaneously defeat and contain insurgency and address its root causes.” Insurgency is defined as the “organized use of subversion and violence to seize, nullify or challenge political control of a region. As such, it is primarily a political struggle, in which both sides use armed force to create space for their political, economic and influence activities to be effective." Counter-insurgency campaigns of duly-elected or politically recognized governments take place during war, occupation by a foreign military or police force, and when internal conflicts that involve subversion and armed rebellion occur. The best counterinsurgency campaigns "integrate and synchronize political, security, economic, and informational components that reinforce governmental legitimacy and effectiveness while reducing insurgent influence over the population.
Utilizing the special skillset of retired CIA and FBI operatives in conjunction with US Special Forces hands-on counter insurgency experience, Mission 6 Zero empowers you to simultaneously protect the population from criminal violence; strengthen the legitimacy and capacity of government institutions to govern responsibly and marginalize criminals politically, socially, and economically.
BY, WITH, AND THROUGH
Package 1 starts out with an on-the-ground assessment conducted by M60 personnel in order to gauge challenges within the community as they relate to law enforcement and criminal activity.
Package 1 Situation:
- Assessment of Challenges in the Community
- Meet with community activists; local minority leaders, ACLU, NAACP, COPWATCH, Religious Leaders, District Attorney, Politicians, Youth Activists, to better understand the cultural climate
- Identify leaders and uncover the major issues in your operational environment to enhance department leadership
Package 1 Mission:
- Build cohesive law enforcement units, and bridge the social divide between law enforcement and the communities they serve
Package 1 Execution:
- Open forum to promote dialogue between the police and the community’s senior representatives.
- We provide participants with the opportunity to introduce themselves, share their backgrounds, voice their concerns, and articulate their motivations.
- During the open forum, we identify social behaviors and motivations of both the community leaders and the police officers.
- Mission 6 Zero instructors then discuss SCOUT strategy and ways to use SCOUT tactics to control crowds during protests and riots, while maintaining respect for the rights of the public in which they serve.
ACTIONABLE OPEN FORUM
Once a foundation of trust and clarity has been established, Mission 6 Zero invites community leaders to participate in cutting edge training designed to bridge the social divide between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Community leaders not only observe, but also participate in virtual reality, active shooter police training and conduct a ride along with a police officer and Mission 6 Zero instructor.
During our ride along event, officers and community leaders must respond to a situation which requires immediate attention. Our instructors are standing by to conduct a role playing scenario in which both the police officer and community leader must use previous lessons learned in order to negotiate and problem solve as a pair through a multifaceted and highly emotional real world scenario. Community leaders and police officers bond and communicate as they interact together in real life situations while seeing first-hand how the local populace interacts with the police department.
Our scenarios will remove participants from their comfort zone, challenge their decision making and mental composure, and opportunize them to navigate ambiguous situations while learning about each other. Our staff mentors and facilitates constructive communication between group participants. Following each event, you are led by our staff through a performance examination to immediately identify and cross develop lessons-learned. These lessons are reinforced by Mission 6 Zero executive trainers as they share how these specific principles were applied in leading and developing teams to conduct politically sensitive Special Operations in which the lives of our executive trainers and America’s national interests were on the line. Our executive trainers have tasted ultimate success and suffered bitter defeats……. and grown from both. Our training is infused with our personal lessons learned while conducting counter insurgency in the most unforgiving of environments.
As a second order effect, our human performance PhDs and researchers are relentlessly identifying and evaluating individual and team behaviors during the course of our event. Combined with our combat experienced Special Forces operators who understand leadership to its very core, we are able to develop and evaluate leaders. We will scrutinize your every move from start to finish. At completion, you will receive invaluable feedback delivered professionally, succinctly, and candidly in order to help you develop as a leader in a risk-free environment. We then use proven scientific methodology to provide both the police officers and the community leaders information on what we observed (so what?) and what needs to be done in order to improve performance (now what?). Participants will grow individually and as a team through an increased awareness of themselves and a better understanding of their community.
Mission 6 Zero instructors discuss how we conduct SCOUT operations in our profession, using Force data and Force Science Institute presentation material. We discuss media relations, information operations campaign strategy, and facilitate a role playing media best practices scenario. We then introduce specially selected guest speakers from both the police community (family of officer killed in the line of duty) and civilian sector (local family impacted by discrimination) to discuss how relations have impacted their lives and how we can improve. At conclusion, Mission 6 Zero walks all participants through a debrief “after action review’ session in order to summarize our days goals and provide a template for effective communication.
Working with active duty and retired Police Officers, FBI special agents, CIA operatives, and Special Forces operators in role playing scenarios, Package 1 provides a memorable, impactful event that equates to better communication, community relationships, and quantifiable return on investment (ROI).
“IF YOU KNOW THE ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF, YOU NEED NOT FEAR THE RESULT OF A HUNDRED BATTLES. IF YOU KNOW YOURSELF BUT NOT THE ENEMY,
FOR EVERY VICTORY GAINED YOU WILL ALSO SUFFER A DEFEAT. IF YOU KNOW NEITHER THE ENEMY NOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL SUCCUMB IN EVERY BATTLE.”