Author Archives: Mark V

About Mark V

Dedicated shooter, seeker, traveler, teacher, trainer, educator

Where were you on 9-11-2001??

By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU “No matter how long it takes, no matter where we have to look, our United States military will patiently and surely hunt down the murderers and killers and terrorists, and bring them, one by one, … Continue reading

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Kabul Airport Attack

Words seem so inadequate as our hearts go out to the Marines and sailors killed and wounded in the Kabul International Airport suicide bombing. Rest easy knowing that over 100,000 Americans and refugees were successfully evacuated from Afghanistan thanks to … Continue reading

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FORCE PROTECTION & BASE SECURITY

The following paper was written by Mark Lonsdale while serving as a senior security consultant on a Department of Defense contract at a combined US/Iraqi military base north of Baghdad in early 2004.  This is also the period when the … Continue reading

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Criminal Activity in an Insurgent Environment and Counterinsurgency

By Mark V. Lonsdale Paper on the criminal components of insurgency and counterinsurgency (COIN)

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Afghanistan Evacuation Strategy

By Mark V. Lonsdale By now you’ve all seen the chaotic situation in Kabul. You’ve also been hearing a lot about the strategic importance of Bagram Air Base. Here it is in a nutshell. Everyone agreed that it was time … Continue reading

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Why is the Kabul Evacuation a Chaotic Disaster?

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Director, STTU Here’s the simple answer — you don’t draw down the military or pull out air power until ALL the civilians are out. The White House and the inept national security team instructed the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Performance and Training

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Training Director Your level of performance is directly related to your commitment to training

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Tactical Weapons Selection – A Primer

By Mark V. Lonsdale, Training Director As the name indicates, Special Weapons & Tactics, weapons play a significant role in SWAT operations and training. Since most tactical operations are of the high-risk variety, often directed against sus­pects that are known … Continue reading

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Warrior Ethos & Combat Mindset

By Mark V. Lonsdale, STTU Training Director A significant part of surviving a lethal encounter is a combat mindset. The other components are reality-based training and a willingness to use it. So how does one develop a combat mindset? You … Continue reading

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Officer Involved Shooting

Thanks to Police 1 for the share Bodycam video published Friday by Mercury News details the moments surrounding a deadly March 24 shootout. Footage shows the suspect shot at Officer Brian Burch, who immediately returned fire and hit the suspect. https://www.police1.com/patrol-video/articles/video-calif-motor-officer-narrowly-avoids-gunfire-in-deadly-shootout-oRHvt4bL0zoT5siV/

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