Our personnel have long-standing experience in counter-insurgency and security in unstable and conflict-ridden states from Africa to the Middle East. Our operatives are the best in their class: veterans of Delta Force, Navy Seal, US Army Special Forces (Green Beret), US Army Rangers, British SAS and Israeli Special Forces. By functioning as a truly learning-driven organization, Blacksand Group remains unrivaled when it comes to succeeding in exceedingly difficult and complex anti-terrorism operations.
Over twenty years experience as a Counter-Terrorist Advisor and Instructor to military special forces units in some of the most hostile environments, such as; Somalia, Niger, Iraq, Kurdistan, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sierre Leone, Mali, and the Sahel region. His experience and insight gained in the Force Protection arena has led him to be the top security and protection provider to some of the world’s top Fortune 100 companies and executives with an emphasis in Africa and the Middle East in the oil, gas and mining industries. His experience:
Over 40 years experience in combatting terrorism worldwide in the military and private sector.
28 years in Security and Risk Management working with international corporations to identify and assess threats as well as planning and coordination of Risk Mitigation Programs for Asset and Physical Protection, Crisis Management and Incident Command.
Instructor to Local and Federal Agencies and various US Corporations in aseas of: Hostage Survival, Defense and Evasive Driving, Terrorism Awareness, Surveillance, Counter Surveillance.
Participated in multiple hostage rescue missions around the world assisting in planning, logistics and actual missions in austere environments such as; Bogata, Colombia, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Guatamala, and North Africa.
Mark began his Special Operations career as a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Squad Leader. This experience led him to multiple positions and assignments throughout the world where he applied his skills in Force Protection and Protective Security Operations for the Department of Defense in such areas as Kosovo, the Syrian border, Kuwait and Iraq. While in Iraq, Mark served in various capacities ranging from Security Manager, where he planned, developed and implemented security procedures in coordination with government agencies and managementpersonnel to PSD Detail Leader, where he was responsible for the personal security and protection of clients during vehicular movements, special events, and other special situations. Mark was personally selected to lead the protection team for the Honorable Raouf Abdel-Rahman; the judge who sentenced Saddam Hussein to death by hanging.
Mark B. maintains a current United States Department of Defense Secret Clearance.
Colonel US Army Special Forces (Retired). Defense executive, mentor and advisor. National security leader with Pentagon, Baghdad and Kabul experience. In-depth knowledge of Defense Community counterterrorism and counterinsurgency requirements and programs. Proven ability to lead, mentor and advise programs and produce results in high-impact assignments. Broad intellectual, Mideast and Africa perspective.
Certified as a Seaman and a SSO (Ship Security Officer) to manage and coordinate actions of counter-terrorism and fight against piracy.
Former French Marine Commando with France’s most elite Naval Special Forces Units (equivalent to the US Seal Team 6), specializing in underwater operations, sea assault missions and evacuation / extraction of personnel in amphibious areas. Following his time in the military he was selected to join the GIPN, (French equivalent to SWAT). Skilled in close combat, knife combat, guerilla warfare, urban counterterrorism, with an emphasis in LTL (Less than lethal) combat. Highly trained and skilled in problem and conflict resolution.
Robbie is a versatile and adaptable senior leader with over 30 years experience in the military and corporate sector. His military experience began specialising in surveillance and reconnaissance and expanded to include training, project and personnel management and command. Retiring as a Colonel in the Australian Army, Robbie commanded surveillance and reconnaissance troops from Troop to Regimental level and has twice been seconded to the United Nations as a Military Observer and Peace Keeper in the Middle East and as Deputy Force Commander of the peacekeeping forces in Timor Leste. He is a graduate of both the Royal Military College Duntroon, Australia and the Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, United States. Since retiring from the military, Robbie has held several key positions at the CEO and Executive Director level in a wide range of private and Government sectors including: acquisition and construction, Local Government, change management, NGO's, mining and exploration drilling services, and security specialist services.
Daniel has extensive experience working as a consultant on oil, gas and security for a number of leading business risk intelligence companies, industry bodies such as OPEC and Energy Industries Council (EIC) and government departments, including the Japanese and British governments. He has worked as an independent adviser on terrorism and insurgency in the Middle East and North Africa region for security agencies in London and Madrid.
Bryan has over 12 years experience in communication, design, and organizational management. He has assisted in the development and launch of many start up companies as well as built and executed campaigns for many established companies. He specializes in organizational flow, team building, and administrative protocol. As Director over our U.S. Operations, Bryan has successfully instituted policies and proceedures that have increased the productivity of the office and advanced our operational support for other Blacksand offices.