Kingdom Defense works with faith-based organizations to actively assess, detect, and respond to violent threats.
The security solutions offered by Kingdom Defense integrate threat assessment and detection technologies with combative firearm fundamentals, individual tactics, and tactical medical and communication training.
The Kingdom Defense training curriculum is one of the most comprehensive programs available today. The program’s purpose is to develop safe and effective armed Church security teams capable of stopping a violent threat and securing the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
Kingdom Defense instructors all have significant prior law enforcement, military, or agency backgrounds and are committed to developing well-trained armed Church security teams.
THE KINGDOM DEFENSE TEAM
Mike Smock is the Founder of Kingdom Defense. He is also Co-founder and CEO of Distributed Security. Over a 40-year career, he has managed or advised enterprises operating in at-risk environments worldwide. As advisor, his focus was on the application of maneuver warfare theory to business practice. He is a son of the American Revolution and the Michigan state coordinator for the Christian Business Men’s Connection Trusted Advisor Forums.
Ryan Gerten is Chief Instructor for Kingdom Defense. Prior to his time in law enforcement, he spent 12 years in full-time ministry. Ryan spent his career as a police officer in Charleston, SC where he was a patrol officer, detective, ATF task force officer, and SWAT team member. He is a certified firearms instructor through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the NRA, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Ryan is a native of Marshall, Michigan.
Scott Pike is an Authorized Instructor for Kingdom Defense. After retiring as Chief of Police for Imlay City, MI, Scott became a campus resource officer for a local charter school. His 39-year career spanned roles as a military police officer, reserve police officer, patrol officer, narcotics detective, SRT member, range master, and armorer. He is a lay minister at his Church and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan.
Scott Smarsh is an Authorized Instructor for Kingdom Defense. He is a retired NJ law enforcement professional after serving 26 years. He was the lead firearms instructor on multiple weapons platforms, armorer, Assistant Range Master, Tactical Combat Casualty Instructor, Active Threat Instructor, Tactics/CQB instructor and a SWAT/RDT member. He is also an Active Threat liaison and Critical Infrastructure advisor, assisting in coordination and critique of active threat response drills and threat assessment/target hardening for both public and private entities; which include houses of worship, educational facilities, business complex’s, hospitals, nursing facilities and daycare centers.
Chuck Gbur, MD is an advisor to Kingdom Defense. He is a retired Battalion Surgeon and currently an interventional cardiologist in Toledo, Ohio. He served as a medical officer in the United States Navy. During most of his 25 year military career he served with the Fleet Marine Force. He was a graduate of the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College as well as numerous other classes and course. He published several papers and developed training doctrine and policies for medical care in military operations in urban terrain. Chuck was active in tactical medicine training of Marines and Corpsman who were deploying in support of numerous combat missions over the last twenty years.
Bill Tallen is an advisor to Kingdom Defense. He was with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS. He helped to found DOE’s Special Response Force program and has designed and conducted a variety of wargaming efforts in support of vulnerability assessments, security system design, and leadership training, and has taught a variety of crisis decision making models. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.
Randy Bartlett is an advisor to Kingdom Defense. He has over 30 years of military and paramilitary experience as a commissioned Infantry officer, non-commissioned officer, and contractor. Through various companies, he provided leadership and management for site and convoy security, medical evacuation, personnel recovery, expatriate evacuation, vulnerability analysis, and gap assessment, and business continuity in several countries. As part of the withdrawal of conventional forces from Iraq, he was part of a four-man team that located, accounted for, and developed protective plans for Americans and foreign nationals in Iraq. He also developed a security program for an infrastructure renewal and development project valued at $1B USD in Libya.
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