November 1999: Defense Intelligence Service began operations, offering protective services and secure transport. By early 2001, our services expanded into Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures and Counter-Surveillance.
September 11, 2001: The nature of our work changed dramatically. We assumed a Counter-Terrorism role, consulting on acts of terrorism, and providing a Quick Response Force when requested. We didn't know it at the time, but this is where we transitioned from protection company, to Private Military Company (PMC). Defense Intelligence Service continues to be one of only three PMCs operating in Canada, and is the only PMC based in the Western Canada.
February 2010: Shortly after the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, a decision was made to enforce the policy on using personnel with military training. Those without any military background were no longer being used. Police services had no problem encroaching on our work. Since peacekeeping duties isn't a police function, it was easy to eliminate them from our program. The "thin blue line" mentality was found to be a distraction in any case. Combined with the problems facing police services these days, it was felt that the further we stay away policing, the better.
March 2013: Our services were officially expanded into the United States. This was in the form of a branch office, set up to offer services to the US Government. Work is going quietly, yet briskly on that side of the border.
September 2015: A decision was made to jump into the Private Security Industry. Diplomatic Security Service was born. It turns out that there are a lot of people interested in a knowledgeable PSC that understands what security is. Added to the fact that it would be directed by a Private Military Company, with its resources and experience. Recruiting is turning out to be easy, offering a decent pay for a decent work environment.
November 2016: Defense Intelligence Service turns federal, shedding its Provincial ways. As a result, we are now moving forward with plans to build a tactical training center, with range access. This allows our PMCs to maintain their skills, while offering services as a law enforcement and military trainer.
The "Private Military Company" concept rebooted.
The concept of Private Military Contractors, or PMCs, isn't new. It has gone by other names, garnering notoriety in the process. Since 9/11, the use of private contractors has evolved into a new entity with mixed reviews.
Governments have used PMCs for domestic and foreign missions where there is no military option. PMCs work as Quick Reaction Forces, Personal Security Detachment, and Consultants. PMCs have found a niche in the world for two important reasons. You can't always walk in with a military force, and using military options present their own problems. We are just the obvious choice.
"You Get What You Pay For."
When there is little or no oversight, people get killed. When this happens, government's get involved.
New Rules of Engagement were established to rein in the "cowboy" mentality which plagued the industry. Bad publicity continues to exist after a number of US based companies are prosecuted. The main reason for these problems comes back to oversight. The results are felt across the industry.
Our management philosophy is to promote personal responsibility and team accountability. We create and enforce Rules of Engagement, which prevent the typical problems witnessed in the media. Avoiding problems discreetly, rather than using the "John Wayne" approach, has kept our clients safe and media-free. We are paid for results, not negative headlines.