Steve Tarani is a former fulltime CIA protective programs employee, small arms and defensive tactics subject matter expert who served on POTUS 45 pre-election executive protection detail. He is the lead instructor for NRA’s non-ballistic weapons training program offered nationally. Tarani is also a DoD and FLETC-certified federal firearms instructor who has been on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ) as a Rangemaster for over twenty years. Formerly sworn, he is also a former federal contractor and service provider for the US Defense Intelligence Community, US Naval Special Operations Command and other government agencies. Tarani additionally serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association Committee for School Safety and Security.

Prepared or Paranoid? The Vigilant Mindset

Prepared or paranoid? One doesn't equate to the other but there are those who'll mock you for maintaining an appropriate level of vigilance.

Soft Skills: Protective Intelligence To Keep You Safe

Learn how protective intelligence can be used to help keep you and your family safe. Information is power. Proactivity is vital.

EDC Tools: Augment Your Soft Skills

A common question posed those concerned for the safety of those around them (and their own) is, "What EDC tools should augment soft skills?"

Finding Motivation: All Things Are Difficult Before They Are Easy

In this installment of the Gospel of Soft Skills, Steve Tarani gives us his best advice on finding motivation (and maintaining it).

Interpersonal Violence: Your Response Time Matters

Interpersonal violence is always possible and your response time matters. Avoid what you can. Mitigate or -as a last resort - put a hard stop to the rest.

Human Aggression Management: Defuse and Deescalate to Defend

Do you know how to identify and then manage human aggression? Read some pointers: deflect and deescalate to defend.

Enhanced Awareness: A Mindset of Observation

This proactive measure can provide a tactical advantage in threat avoidance and mitigation. Here's how to take awareness to the next level.

The Tactical Advantage

Defensive mindset: how can you gain the tactical advantage — without stepping onto the battlefield? Perceive, prepare, position.

Avoidance, Mitigation, Defense: a Personal Threat Matrix

You can avoid the necessity for use of hard skills by the use of soft skills; learn more about the Avoidance-Mitigation-Defense threat matrix.

Soft Skills: Earning Confidence

Having the skills without confidence is as bad as having confidence and no skills at all. When it comes to practical application via on-demand performance, skill and confidence share a symbiotic relationship.

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