James Hamilton

James Hamilton

Senior Vice President
Quality in Protection and Training

James leads our Protection Quality team which conducts audits of GDBA’s protective programs to ensure our strategies align with our clients’ unique needs and to ensure our protectors meet our training and fitness standards and our certification requirements.  He also manages the review of emergency incidents at our clients’ properties with the goal of enhancing our service to our clients.

James co-created GDBA’s Active Shooter Prevention and Response methodology.  He has trained thousands of employees at Fortune-500 companies, schools, universities, police departments, and government agencies in the U.S. and internationally on advanced concepts related to protection, including Active Shooter, Surveillance Detection, Attack Recognition, Foreign Weapons, Executive Protection, and Travel Safety.  He is also an Instructor at our Essential Protection Skills Academy and our Advanced Threat Assessment Academy.

One of the world’s true experts on protection, James was recruited from the FBI, where he created and developed the Academy’s Close Protection Course, currently taught to protectors of the U.S. Attorney General, the Director of the FBI, the NSA, and the NYPD, among other agencies.

A few other highlights from his career:

  • Hand-selected for the FBI Tactical Training Unit, responsible for creating and developing the FBI Active Shooter training and guidance program.
  • Certified FBI Instructor in Firearms, Active Shooter, Tactical Skills, Emergency Driving, and SWAT Operations.
  • Four years on the Protection Team for the FBI Director, and three years on the Joint Terrorism Task Force that he was selected to create after 9/11.
James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He is a member of the ASIS Executive Protection Council, and he is certified as an instructor in Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).


National Security Experience:
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