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Hostile Travel Course

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SMI Hostile Travel Course - Ed Leacock

Edward Leacock
Edward Leacock served in the U.S. Army for more than 41 years as an intelligence professional in the Active Duty, Army Reserve and National Guard components. He served both in the enlisted and officer ranks and retired as a Major General.

His final assignment was the Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense Intelligence Agency. He also served as the Deputy J2, U.S Africa Command; Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Assistant Adjutant General for the Maryland Army National Guard and Senior Intelligence Officer for the U.S. Army National Guard.

Coinciding with his distinguished military career, General Leacock joined TASC, Inc. where he was responsible for business development and achieving growth goals associated with the Intelligence Community. He has his Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, an Advance Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business and an Information Technology Infrastructure Library v3 Foundation certification. Mr. Leacock earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of New York and a Master’s Degree in General Administration/Information Technology from University of Maryland.

Globalization of Business and Safety Concerns

Global Safety

At SMI we recognize that the world is not always a safe place. However, as the world has gotten “flatter”, business travelers are often times required to venture to parts of the globe that they would otherwise prefer not to visit. Political unrest and public upheaval, terrorism, kidnapping, criminal intent, and overall street violence are just some of the issues that international business travelers must be aware of In addition, medical issues such as dehydration, malaria, or even a broken leg could severely threaten your life in some countries.

Therefore, let SMI be your guide to these parts part of the world.

Global Safety for Business Travelers

Over the past four decades, our associates have experienced a variety of threats first hand in over 100 countries. Allow us to share our knowledge – much of which is current to the ever-evolving conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America and Central Asia – in SMI’s “Hostile Travel Course.”

This two-day training is packed full of useful information that you will immediately put to good use on your next overseas trip (regardless if you are headed to Afghanistan or Luxembourg).

Topics covered include:

  • Pre-departure Planning
  • Travel Considerations
  • Arrival SOPs
  • Transportation and Vehicle Safety
  • Hotel/Apartment Security
  • Food and Restaurants
  • Behavior and Vices
  • Scams
  • Personal Security
  • Checkpoints and “Shakedowns”
  • Explosives
  • Kidnapping Threats
  • The Go Bag Concept
  • First Aid and Medical
  • Escape and Evasion
  • Survival Priorities
  • Departure

SMI offers additional training courses for executives and business travelers. Click to find out more about our Traveler Safety Courses including: Business Traveler Safety and Counter-Espionage CourseBusiness Traveler Safety and Counter-Espionage Course and Kidnapping Prevention and Awareness CourseKidnapping Prevention and Awareness Course.

The SMI Managing Director, Luke Bencie, wrote an essential book for every business traveler, Among Enemies: Counter Espionage for the Business TravelerAmong Enemies: Counter Espionage for the Business Traveler.

In addition, SMI provides Security ConsultingSecurity Consulting, Security ManagementSecurity Management, and Intellectual Property ProtectionIntellectual Property Protection for executives, business owners, and Fortune 500 companies.


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