When assigned to conduct a protective services mission, remember that your primary purpose is to
protect the principal from assassination, kidnapping, injury, and embarrassment.
Every phase of personal security must be planned carefully in advance. Factors to be considered in
the planning phase include the importance of the protected person, political attitude of the population,
obstacles involved, means of transportation, duration of the mission, geographic factors, and availability
of medical facilities.
There may be sudden changes. This requires that flexibility be the keynote in planning for these
missions. Weather conditions, mechanical failures, and the unexpected arrival of large numbers of
visitors are three examples of ever-present potential hazards. Alternate and contingency plans must be
prepared. Circumstances may cause deviation from the basic plan.
An outline of the plan could be as follows:
o Notification of mission.
o Planning and preparation.
- Assignment of responsibility.
- Receipt of itinerary, biography of their principal, and control of information contained therein.
- Initiation of a threat collection effort.
- Identification of logistical needs.
- Identification of travel requirements.
- Preparation of the operations order.
- Deployment of advance team.
- Implement advance work.
- Carry out mission.
- Preparation of after action report.
Only key personnel need a complete copy of the plan. However, the protective personnel are given a
briefing on the contents of the order and should be