Distributed Security, Inc.

DISTRIBUTED SECURITY, INC. is a private security company. We trainadvise, and operate proprietary teams to actively defend enterprise life and property. Our offerings are delivered via online, on-range, and on-site options.

We train individuals and teams to SWAT level competencies. Our curriculum includes combative firearms, individual and team tactics, and tactical medicine and communications skills.

We advise enterprises and organizations on the development and deployment of proprietary security teams via our Command School and Distributed Security Networks.

We operate our own quick reaction teams that can provide immediate response to covered clients in the event of imminent threat. We offer a Tier 2 package the embeds DSI operators with enterprise employees as they are trained to Tier 2 competency.


DSI was founded by Ron Danielowski a former active duty Marine and security consultant operating in the Middle East and Mike Smock a competitive strategist and expert on maneuver theory. The founders met back in early 2001 over a common appreciation for the theories of John Boyd.

Mike Smock is Co-founder and CEO of Distributed Security. Over a 40-year career, he has managed or advised enterprises operating in at-risk environments worldwide. Prior to co-founding the enterprise, he was managing director for a San Francisco based strategy consultancy, and Chairman and CEO of an international contracting firm. In his early career, he spent 15 years in senior management positions with national and international enterprises. He attended Michigan State University.

Ron Danielowski is Co-founder, Executive Vice President - Chief Instructor. Prior to co-founding the enterprise he spent 25 years as a multi-agency accredited instructor, organizing, developing, implementing, and overseeing training solutions for numerous federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Federal Air Marshals, and the Department of State. He has worked extensively in both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of America's military and federal agencies. Ron started his instructing career in the Marine Corps, both as a coach and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor. Ron is a Distinguished Marksman, member of the "President's Hundred," and winner of the Marine Infantry Team Trophy Match. 

Bill Tallen is Executive Vice President - Tactical Operations. Prior to joining the enterprise, he had a 20 year career with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS. He helped to found DOE's Special Response Force program, developing and teaching urban and close quarter battle techniques to Federal Agents charged with recovery of lost assets. He has designed and conducted a variety of wargaming efforts in support of vulnerability assessments, security system design, and leadership training, and has taught a variety of crisis decision making models. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. 

Randy Bartlett is Vice President - Strategic Engagements and leads the development and implementation of corporate partnerships and joint ventures. He has over 30 years of military and paramilitary experience as a commissioned Infantry officer, non-commissioned officer, and contractor. Through various companies, he provided leadership and management for site and convoy security, medical evacuation, personnel recovery, expatriate evacuation, vulnerability analysis, and gap assessment, and business continuity in several countries. As part of the withdrawal of conventional forces from Iraq, he was part of a four-man team that located, accounted for, and developed protective plans for Americans and foreign nationals in Iraq. He also developed a security program for an infrastructure renewal and development project valued at $1B USD in Libya.

Chuck Gbur, MD is Vice President - Tactical Medicine and leads the development and instruction of all tactical medicine content. He is a retired Battalion Surgeon and currently an interventional cardiologist in Toledo, Ohio. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine. He served as a medical officer in the United States Navy. During most of his 25 year military career he served with the Fleet Marine Force. He held numerous positions including Battalion Surgeon, Marine Rear Area Operation Group Surgeon, Regimental Surgeon, and Advisor to The Medical Officer of the Marine Corps at HQMC. He also was the company commander of a Marine Corps Surgical Company. He was a graduate and an instructor in the Combat Causality Care Course (C4) as well as the advanced Combat Casualty Care Course. He was a graduate of the Naval War College and Joint Forces Staff College as well as numerous other classes and course. He published several papers and developed training doctrine and policies for medical care in military operations in urban terrain. Chuck was active in tactical medicine training of Marines and Corpsman who were deploying in support of numerous combat missions over the last twenty years.

Les Leslie is Vice President - Business Development. As a former US Army Light Infantry squad leader, he has a tactical military background covering wartime deployments and training missions in Southwest Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Alaska.  He is well versed in subjects ranging from mountain and arctic warfare to tactical mantracking, urban operations, intelligence gathering, joint-operations with local forces, small-unit training, combat zone protective details, and tactical medicine and communications.  In support of Operation Sea Signal, Joint Task Force 160, Les and his unit were instrumental in the construction and fortification of, the now infamous, “Camp X-Ray” on Guantanamo Bay, tasked with Riot Control operations, and responsible for coordinating transport of criminal and communist, migrant Cuban and Haitian nationals back across their respective borders for purposes of repatriation.


The DSI co-founders originally met in 2001 over a shared appreciation for John Boyd and William Lind. At that time, Ron Danielowski was working in the private sector for a federal agency which specialized in anti-terrorism tactics utilized to protect national resources, and Mike Smock was operating a strategy consultancy in San Francisco that focused on the application of maneuver warfare theory to business process.

In 2005 Danielowski approached Smock to assist in the development of a business concept for a firearms training group that was originally presented to Blackwater (Danielowski's employer) who due to various challenges was unable to develop the opportunity. In 2008 the two founders then considered starting their own enterprise based upon this concept. While there are many firearms training options available today, the distinguishing feature of this new business was it's application of maneuver warfare theory to reality-based firearms training. The business was formally launched October 15, 2010 with both founders committing all their time and resources to starting the new enterprise.


In February 2017 Pulse O2DA changed its name to Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI). The name change reflects the growing portfolio of services offered by Pulse O2DA and the evolving nature of its mission. Since its founding in October 2010, the firm has developed an integrated offering of on-range, on-line and on-site training packages for individual, home, business, and community defense.

Coinciding with the name change, the firm is launched a new security offering, called Private Defense Networks. The new distributed security strategy enables businesses to develop private defense bases and operate private security forces capable of defending life and property. DSI offers clients a turnkey package of services, including infrastructure, training, provisioning, and outsourcing. The name change will gradually take effect throughout 2017. Existing Pulse O2DA brand names will be retained on various training offerings. 


Generally speaking we try to operate with a low profile. All of our products and services are offered via partners or retailers and as such, we do not engage in many of the contemporary promotional activities that are used to communicate with potential customers, students or clients. Below is a sampling of some of our media mentions or appearances.

Latest Media Coverage

11.15.17  Experts at Distributed Security, Inc. were interviewed by MIRS about the proposed gun laws allowing concealed weapons in gun-free zones in Michigan. During the interview we discussed our position that anybody carrying concealed in "gun-free zones" should have professional tactical training. Click here to download the interview.

11.01.17 Bill Tallen quoted by the Cody Enterprise about guns in schools; video interview dated 04.23.18.

The Daily Caller Article Series

We were recently invited by Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller, an influential news and opinion website, to create a series of 10 articles on the topic of "Defending Our Homeland". The articles are linked below.

1. The New Normal in Personal and Collective Security
2. The New Threat and Response Paradigm
3. Self-Reliance Is The Key To Security
4. How Individuals Can Protect Life And Property
5. The Synergy of the Team
6. How Businesses and Churches Can Provide Their Own Security
7. How We Can Protect Our Schools
8. How Neighbors Can Protect Their Community
9. Foundations and First Steps
10. Converting Fear And Loathing Into Hope And Empowerment

Regular Press Appearances

Cody AM radio (KODI-AM), Bill Tallen is a guest once a month on the "Speak Your Piece" talk show.

Kate Krueger's TALKING GUNS -- Ron Danielowski is a regular guest.

USA Carry Regular Contributor.


03.19.14 We were honored to be featured on Jack Donovan's first podcast of “Start the World ”where talk about resistance to tyranny, training young men for tough times, masculinity, the tactical virtues, and gangs.

Press Mentions

09.28.12 THE NEW YORK TIMES - "That Loaded Gun in My Carry-On? Oh, I Forgot"

05.05.13 Jack Donovan - Author - THE WAY OF MEN - mention.

Press Releases

pdf icon09.01.19 COMMAND SCHOOL ADDRESSES THE NEED FOR ACTIVE DEFENSE IN ALL CORPORATE SECURITY PLANS - New Three-Day Seminar For Corporate Security Managers Launched.



pdf icon02.15.17 Pulse O2DA Firearms Training Changes Name And Expands Business

pdf icon11.18.16 Training Schedule For 2017 

pdf icon 04.26.16 Pulse O2DA Opens Registration For Tier 4 Combative Firearms Training (CFI) Certification Course July 26-27, 2016 At The Site Firearms Training Center.





pdf icon05.01.12 CHICAGO FIREARMS PERMIT - New Firearms Training Course, Chicago Firarms Permit Course On Steroids

pdf icon10.05.12 BUSINESS DEFENSE TRAINING - Firearms Training And Small Unit Tactics For Business Owners And Their Employees

pdf icon11.15.12 PULSE O2DA FIREARMS TRAINING, INC., Announces 28 New Authorized Training Partners in The Upper Midwest

pdf icon12.17.12 SCHOOL DEFENSE TRAINING - Firearms Training And Small Unit Tactics For Administrators And Teachers


We use several social media platforms to communicate with our students, clients, partners and instructors. We use these platforms for announcements and for discussing current events. 

We post items of interest daily that you can comment on. The folks contributing to these platforms include business owners, cops, gun enthusiasts, home schoolers, firearms instructors, retired special forces members and high threat security contractors and operators.

Our objective with these platforms is to invite useful commentary and debate.

All of us who contribute are pretty stout individuals. We can take a punch and deliver one if needed. This is are meant as open forums where folks are able to express real feelings in real time without the need for grammar teachers, copy editors or politically correct PR flacks filtering their contributions.

We deal with intense topics and at times contributors may post things that they later regret. We encourage full throttle exchanges and in doing so acknowledge that when this happens all contributors have the right to honorably “walk back” a comment – meaning they publicly withdraw the statement, acknowledge it was made in error and apologize to those offended.

The postings and comments on these platforms by DSI principals are their own, and do not necessarily represent the strategies or opinions of Distributed Security, Inc.

“Full throttle exchanges” is not a license for uncivilized, rude or boorish behavior. It’s ok to attack plans, logic, rationale or position – but do not attack the man or the woman holding the position. Nor do we tolerate trolls or sock puppets. You’ll simply be banned and your comments deleted.

Spelling doesn’t count. Nor does grammar. If your measure of a man is diminished because he uses a split infinitive then you’ll be happier elsewhere. We encourage contributors to write the way they talk, and since we are all warriors and capitalists, and not english professors, our use of the english language can, and will, be quite tart.

Last and most importantly, while we may passionately disagree with the direction America is taking, nothing, absolutely nothing that we say or post here should be construed as encouraging or supporting illegal actions or activities.

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Academy Entrance

Training Philosophy


The Industry Standard Vs. The DSI Standard

Using military, law enforcement, and common private industry training standards as a gauge we want to give you a sense of how the DSI standard compares to the "industry" standard.

The industry standard focuses on range safety and artificiality by using tightly controlled, on-line, square range drills or movement under tightly controlled drills (such as "box" drills), in order to focus on draw speed and hits in a given area under a certain time limit. This type of training is often accompanied by hours in the classroom presenting declarative knowledge, which eats into the available live fire training time. When critical topics like use of force are taught in a classroom, rather than on your feet in the sudden, uncertain, violent and chaotic setting of combat (real or simulated) students are more likely to either overreact, or to hesitate and be afraid to apply the appropriate level of force.

DSI begins by looking at reality: the actual conditions of a gun fight. We believe that firearms skills must be integrated at the earliest possible moment with maneuver (movement with purpose). We believe that most of the declaratory knowledge can be absorbed by the student through readings, narrated videos, and dry practice drills on his schedule and on his own premises, before he ever sets foot on a range - especially if he has access to instructors to answer questions that may arise. We believe that your paid, on-range, supervised training time is a precious resource that should be maximized.

To be able to defend yourself, DSI believes you need to be killing enabled. Regardless of your technical skills, if you have not processed the issues surrounding deadly force well before the moment of crisis, if you cannot kill another when it is necessary to save yourself or other innocents, then you will fail.

Furthermore, one can only make proper decisions in lethal force engagements by way of orientation in the sense of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop, and orientation only comes via experience under conditions as close as possible to those that will exist in a gunfight. Orientation relies on experiential knowledge, which cannot be attained only by reading or talking about scenarios. Nor can you survive a lethal encounter if your conscious mind is distracted from vital decisions to engage in every choice of action or technique. DSI’s training techniques develop sound, reality based semi-conditioned responses to maintain your situational awareness, maneuver safely, and react aggressively to contact. Your trained gun handling skills will take care of themselves, and the higher level conscious decisions – whether to shoot, how and whom to shoot – are fast, focused, and uncluttered. You will train this way from the start in both dry and live fire drills, and then reinforce that learning through challenging RBT (Reality Based Training) scenarios in our tactical training programs.

Solid curricula that pre-loads the declaratory knowledge, and then teaches integrated firearms and tactical skills in a reality-based environment will produce individuals and teams more capable than most military and police units. We base this statement on our personal experience of having trained thousands of military and law-enforcement personnel over 25 years). Operational police and military units (those units actively kicking in doors day in and day out) may be able to outperform our clients in certain aspects, based on that all-important factor of experiential learning (basing actions and decisions under stress on a fund of prior, applicable experience). But DSI can develop and implement effective training faster, applying the best and latest techniques and lessons-learned; and present it in a more compressed, highly effective format, because we have neither bureaucratic hoops to jump through, nor institutional inertia to overcome.