Active Shooter – Lessons Learned in Israel

San Antonio, TX /  March 30-31, 2016 Active Shooters – Lesson Learned in Israel

Chameleon Associates and the IMI Academy are collaborating to bring security and LE professionals a one-of-a-kind seminar on Active Shooters – Lesson Learned in Israel. IMI Academy is a subsidiary of Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI), a government-owned company known for such products as the Uzi, Galil, Tavor and much more. Instructors from IMI Academy will present tactical methods developed and tested in Israel to counter active shooter scenarios. They will also demonstrate unique training in Krav Maga, shooting and fighting techniques that security and law enforcement units must undergo in Israel. Trainees will come out of this seminar having learned:

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  • Active shooter attack methods (attacks in waves, the use of knives, vehicles, IEDs and more)
  • Effective methods for preventing and responding to  active shooter situations
  • Comprehensive Krav Maga and shooting techniques used in Israel to defend against and neutralize active shooters.
  • The selection, screening and training of an effective  tactical security officer
  • Methods and tools for keeping security officers combat ready and alert

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San Antonio, Texas

For security reasons: Seminar location and training facilities will be provided to attendees after registration.



$595 (groups of 5 or more)


The instructors for this course bring decades-long Israeli experience in counterterrorism, Krav Maga, tactical response and SWAT operations. They are former special unit officers of the Israel Defense Forces and of other Israeli security and intelligence agencies. They are actively working as training and training managers for many security outfits servicing government organizations and critical infrastructure.


Day 1

08:30 – 08:45 Introduction – Trainer and trainees will introduce themselves. Trainer will discuss the training objectives and schedule.
08:45 – 10:30 paris-shooters_3156856bThe Nature of the Active Shooter Threat –  The instructors will present active shooter case studies that involve different attack methods including attacks in waves, multi-weapon attacks, coordinated (multiple attackers) attacks, lone wolf attacks and more. The instructors will also describe the differences between organization terrorism and “organic terrorism” and will outline the tactical challenges these present.
10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 – 11:30 SoldierThe Israeli Security Model – The Instructors will describe key concepts and methodologies that make up the “Israeli Security Model.” These concepts influence security system design, procedures and training of security officers in both governmental and private security sectors. Some of the concepts discussed will include:  Offense as a defensive approach, use of Predictive Profiling and Security Questioning, localized response capabilities and threat orientation as opposed to risk orientation.
11:30 – 12:30 active shooter responceSelecting, Screening and Training a Tactical Security Officer –   The instructors will describe how tactical security officers are screened, selected and trained to make sure they are able to effectively respond to a violent crime or terrorist event. They will discuss how training, testing (red teaming) and very specific procedures are used to make sure officers are kept alert and prepared.
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Selecting, Screening and Training a Tactical Security Officer – (Continued)
14:45 – 15:00  Afternoon Break
15:00 – 16:45 IntrKrav Magaoduction to Israeli Krav Maga –  Instructors will describe how Krav Maga has been modified and currently is  used as part of the Israeli anti terrorism fighting technique.  The instructors will describe the different levels and application of Krav Maga by different security units and against a varity of threats.
16:45 – 17:00 Conclusions and Q & A.

Day 2

08:30 – 08:45  Recap
08:45 – 10:00 Take down krav magaDemonstration of Israeli Krav MagaThe instructors will demonstrate simple techniques of Krav Maga to handle close range situations with a would be suicide bomber, an active shooter or hostage taker.  Through very basic exercises, trainees will simulate reaction and decision making to threats. They will learn how Krav Maga is used to build  fighting spirit and confidence in security officers.

This session will be delivered at an open gym. Please wear comfortable sneakers, sweatpants or cargo pants. Attendees can choose to participate or observe the active exercises.
10:00 – 10:15 Morning Break
10:15 – 12:30 Introduction to Israeli Krav Maga (continued)
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Active ShooterThe Israeli Shooting and Fighting Technique – The instructors will demonstrate the Israeli shooting technique and its effectiveness in countering and neutralizing active shooters. The instructors will also discuss and demonstrate the training stages of weapons proficiency a tactical security officer must undergo in Israel.

14:30 – 14:45  Afternoon Break
14:45 – 16:30 Eshootingxperiencing Israeli Shooting Techniques – Trainees will simulate a course of fire using skills and methods taught in previous modules.

This session will be delivered at an outdoor shooting range. Please wear appropriate attire.  Attendees can choose to participate or observe the active exercises. Handguns and ammo will be supplied by the instructors.
16:30 – 16:45 Conclusions, Q & A and Handing out Certificates.

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Course attendees will receive a signed certificate of completion from the IMI Academy and Chameleon Associates. Here is a sample certificate:



This Course is recommended for security management staff including:

  • Security Managers and Executives
  • Law Enforcement and SWAT officers
  • Government Executives


The Chameleon and IMI Academy trainers provide seminar attendees with a unique and comprehensive learning experience of the Israeli Security Model. They have decades of experience in tactical response, anti-terrorism, Krav Maga and Israeli shooting techniques.  They are all combat veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli security and intelligence agencies.

Jonathan Lutringer –  Director of Training / IMI Academy

Mr. Lutringer is a combat veteran of the Givati Infantry Reconnaissance Unit of Israel’s Defense Force (IDF). He brings decades of experience in counterterrorism, SWAT Operations, Krav Maga and firearms training. In the last 15 years, Mr Lutringer served as Chief Instructor for the Israeli Military Industries (IMI) Academy where he is responsible for developing tactical training doctrine and curriculum for many of Israel’s top security agencies. As Director of Training for the IMI Academy, he designs training programs for VIP protection units, mass transit security units and critical infrastructure protection units among others. Under his leadership, a cadre of over thirty tactical trainers train and certify thousands of cadets in tactical response, shooting and Krav Maga based on standards mandated by the Israeli government. He is an expert in the field of tactical response to active shooters and suicide bombers, Krav Maga and the Israeli shooting and fighting technique.

Avi Katz – Senior Instructor / Chameleon Associates

Mr. Katz began his career in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) where he served as a Captain in the Golani infantry brigade. After his honorable discharge from the IDF in 1977, he became a security officer for the Israeli General Security Services (GSS) and was deployed at Israeli consulates and embassies in Australia, Nepal, South Korea among other locations. In 1981, he became a Field Agent Operator for the GSS and was involved in clandestine intelligence operations, counter terrorism and counter espionage activities. After a few years in the service, he was appointed to be Commander of a Field Agent Operating Unit. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Katz worked as the Chief Security Officer for El Al Airlines in southern Germany. Since 2002, after retiring from the GSS he has been fulfilling the duties of a Chief Security Officer at El Al Airlines stations around the world. In 2004, he participated in an Israeli-lead team that conducted vulnerability assessments to high risk venues at the Athens Olympics. Since then, Mr. Katz has been instructing numerous civilian intelligence and security courses for the Israeli Security Academy. Mr. Katz received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Haifa University and his Masters in Business Administration from Beer Sheva University. He is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and German.

Amotz Brandes – Managing Partner / Chameleon Associates

Mr. Brandes is a combat veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Special Reconnaissance Unit. He began his civilian career as a Security Agent for El Al Israeli Airline and the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles. Since joining Chameleon in 2001, he has developed and delivered dozens of security training programs to clients all over the world including but not limited to: U.S. Army, U.S Air Force, DHS, TSA, Singaporean Government, Australian Federal Police, European Commission, Dutch Government, Amtrak Police, several Sheriff Departments and PDs around the U.S., and Fortune 500 companies. His main security expertise is in the soft skills of security such as Predictive Profiling, surveillance detection and security questioning. Mr. Brandes received his B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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Active Shooters – Lesson Learned in Israel