Vaughn Baker

Vaughn Baker is president of Strategos International, a Kansas City, Mo., -based firm that provides security training, consulting and executive protection services. Baker has 20 years of experience in law enforcement including patrol, investigation, SWAT and special operations. He has trained thousands of school, health care, government, law enforcement and military personnel in security practices. Baker has also developed a specialized intruder response curriculum for schools and churches, including some of the nation’s leading training on behavior pattern recognition.

Protecting The Flock – (Strategos Featured On Creflo Dollar)

Strategos International was honored and humbled to be asked to be a guest on Creflo Dollar’s show called “Your World with Creflo” in September of 2019.  In the clip below Strategos Internationals Vaughn Baker spoke about the increased threat of violence facing our ministries and what we can do to prepare in advance in a

Protests and riots: Don’t get caught in the crossfire

Be alert, have an exit plan and refuse to be a “gawker.” When you click on the news, you see protests and riots. And they’re not quiet. You may support protests, but detest riots. Or you may feel sympathy for both. Or neither. But when it comes to keeping safe, your views aren’t too important.

“What Would You Do” if an active shooter showed up?

An incident in rural Alaska brings home the importance of training. “What Would You Do?” is a long-running ABC television program hosted by John Quiñones. A hidden camera records the public’s response to actors who engage in conflict, unethical or illegal activity. The scene is staged, but half the people don’t know it. Afterward, John

Strategos Security Minute: Overcoming Normalcy Bias

In a crisis, our denial instinct can lead to death. How do we rise above it? What’s wrong with being normal? Nothing, if things are indeed normal. Normalcy bias is a deadly psychological coping mechanism that leads us to deny clear threats to our life and safety. Gunshots are dismissed as fireworks, bullets, and blood

It’s a new year: Resolve to be more secure

Abstractions won’t work. You need a specific list of goals. I’m not a fanatic when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. But I am zealous about security. And there’s no better time than now to improve it. It just happens to be the beginning of a new year. There’s no better time for a fresh start. It

Attacks on military bases prove active shooter violence can happen anywhere

If an armed assailant can successfully kill people at a heavily armed U.S. installation, then no one is without risk. It’s easy to shrug our shoulders at reports of shootings and attacks. Because they happen so frequently, they can become merely background noise in our lives, leading to complacency. “What can we do?” “At least

A YouTuber walks into a church …

It’s no joke when a confrontationist disrupts your worship service. But what should you do? We recently posted an article about a YouTuber who had been disrupting church services in Tennessee. He was armed only with a camera, but aimed to cause chaos and then upload the footage. The post exploded on Facebook, reaching nearly

When domestic Violence Becomes Workplace Violence

Relational conflict can explode into any environment. Be ready. A Minnesota man, age 61, was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison for a shooting at a gas station. So far it sounds routine, albeit disturbing. But if you continue, there’s more to the story than a run-of-the-mill holdup. The intruder blasted worker Kenneth Eckstein