o To prevent any attack upon the principal.
o To provide a deterrent to those who will be deterred by mere presence of protective services
o To prevent the effectiveness of any attack, thereby increasing the chances of survivability for
the principal. The responsibilities include protecting a principal from assassination, kidnapping,
injury, and embarrassment.
Protective service missions are ordered for two main reasons:
o A mission is ordered when the principal has already received a threat, or when one is implied.
Consider the example of a high-ranking military officer attending a NATO conference. He may
have been told his life is in danger. Even if the principal is not threatened, the situation itself
implies a threat.
o A protective services mission is ordered according to the importance of a person's office. High-
ranking government officers and officials, such as the Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of
Defense, and U.S. Ambassadors, can and usually do receive protection.
Goals of Protective Services Mission
It has been shown time and time again that a protected person has a better chance of surviving an
attack than an unprotected person. However, law enforcement agents agree that 100 percent security
is impossible. Your job should be to reduce the chances for attack and/or lessen the amount of
damage from an attack. Specifically, this includes the avoidance of:
- the killing of the principal.
- the taking away of the principal by force.
- the violation of the principal's rights, especially by physical damage.
o Embarrassment - to cause the principal self-distress.
Responsibilities of Preparing a Protective Services Mission.
The commander of a military installation is responsible for the safety of all distinguished persons
traveling to and through his area of jurisdiction. He will normally task the provost marshal to plan and
conduct a protective service operation if one is needed.