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Weaponized Drone Threats and Response Training Delivered at the Los Angeles (LA) HIDTA in Commerce

Weaponized Drone Threats and Response Training Delivered at the Los Angeles (LA) HIDTA in Commerce, California

On 24 May 2023, 8 hours of Weaponized Drone Threats: Extremist, Terrorist, and Cartel Overview & Response training was delivered to an audience of two-dozen attendees consisting of local law enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Guard, and other governmental personnel from multiple US states (including Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC metro area) at the Los Angeles HIDTA facility in Commerce, California. The training was offered in coordination with the LA HIDTA and was provided by a C/O Futures mobile training team consisting of LtCol Matt Begert (US Marine Corps, Retired) and Dr. Robert J. Bunker. This proactive training provides US law enforcement and other homeland security (& homeland defense) focused agencies with threat awareness concerning weaponized drones used by extremists, terrorists, and the cartels and better positions public safety agencies with mitigation, officer safety, and response strategies to help counter it. The classroom training consists of lectures/power point, audio-visual components, question and answer sessions, and discussion.

Individual law enforcement endorsements from the training session include:

“This is a great training class, filled with great information, and very knowledgeable instructors,” Deputy Probation Officer II Antonio Canul, Jr., Los Angeles County Probation Department

“Really enjoyed the information and presentation,” Sergeant Shawn Hermosillo, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

“Great class, everyone should take it,” Officer Vanessa Kelly, Oakland Police Department

“Excellent Course!” James Valle, Department of Justice

“Great course, thank you,” Deputy Jeffery Stuteville, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office


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