The DSI On-line Defense Academy...


THE HUB FOR ALL DISTRIBUTED SECURITY, INC TRAINING RESOURCES is our online Defense Academy. Inside you will find content, instructional courses, lectures, training plans, and other resources designed to help you achieve your training objectives.

The Defense Academy is designed to supplement your on range (live fire) training but is not designed to replace quality firearms and tactics training.

We offer 4 membership levels to access the Defense Academy. They are:

The INTRODUCTORY membership is for prospective gun owners. Should you buy a gun? These free resources will help you decide if you should buy a gun, what kind of gun to buy and how you should train in order to defend your life and property. It will take you about 15 minutes to use these resources. 

The BASIC membership is for new gun owners. The training resources in the Basic membership are designed to get the new gun owner up and running - safely and quickly. Our online 5-Day Kick-Start course is where you should begin. Then, when you've completed that, continue your online training with our 30-day basic training plan for new gun owners.

The ADVANCED membership is designed for the serious individual operator or "IO" and offers key fundamental techniques and tactics needed to effectively defend against a lethal force encounter at home or on the street. The membership level trains handgun, shotgun, and rifle as primary, secondary and tertiary weapons. Combative techniques such as clearing hallways, rooms, and staircases along with street scenarios are also introduced.

The TEAM membershipis for owners, managers, officials and administrators of businesses, schools, and churches all who face a common security challenge - in the event of a violent confrontation, how do you defend your employees, worshippers, students and teachers until the arrival of law enforcement? Our Team membership is intended to provide the content, instruction, plans, and resources for small teams to learn how to defend life and property.

Membership options are summarized below.


Strip-Portal-Intro Strip-Portal-Basic Strip-Portal-Advanced Strip-Portal-Team
Price Free  $19/mo  $39/mo  $89/mo
Should You Buy a Gun x x x x
Gun Primer x x x x
Purchase Specifications x x x x
Schmitt Case Study x x x x
Webinar Replays   x x x
Dry Practice Guide   x x x
Strategy For Defense Manual x x x x
Library Archive     x x
Individual Tactics Manual     x x
Team Tactics Manual       x
Intent to Defend Protocols     x x
Tactical Scenarios     x x
Conceal Carry (CCW)   x  x  x
Handgun Drills   x x x
Shotgun Drills     x x
Rifle Driils     x x
5-Day Kick-Start + Test   x x x
15 Handgun Modules + Final Exam   x x x
CCW Basics + Test   x x x
17 Individual Tactics Modules + Final Exam     x x
20 Team Tactics Modules + Final Exam       x
3 Tactical Medicine Courses + Final Exam     x x
3 Tactical Communication Courses + Final Exam     x x
30 Day Basic Plan   x x x
12 Month Advanced Plan     x x
24 Month PDB Stand-Up Plan       x
Profile   x x x
Forum   x x x
Threat Center   x x x
Weekly Tac Chats   x x x
Chat Support     x x
Smartsheets   x x x
Individual Training Group   x x x
Team Training Group       x
20% off On-Range Training   x x  x
Commission Course Referrals   x x  x


Should You Buy a GunA must-read for anybody considering buying a gun for the first time.

Gun PrimerLearn about different weapons, ammunition, accessories. Demystify gun ownership.

Purchase SpecificationsPurchase specification describing best weapon, ammo, and accessories for first-time gun buyers.

Schmitt Case StudyCase study of the Schmitt family struggles in Detroit to defend their business from violent threat.

Webinar Replays60-minute webinar "play-on-demand" for individuals businesses, churches, and schools.

Dry Practice GuideThe bible on safely and effectively practicing shooting fundamentals at home.

Strategy For Defense ManualBuilding decentralized networks of simpatico individuals to secure your life, family, business, and community.

Library ArchiveDownload PDF's on gunfighting, OODA loop, maneuver theory, etc.

Individual Tactics ManualHow to defend your life and property. Using cover, clearing rooms, footwork, working stairways, etc.

Team Tactics Manual: Working as a team to defend a business, church or school. Tactics, planning, analysis, etc.

Intent to Defend ProtocolsProtocols describing how teams should coordinate and interface with local authorities.

Tactical ScenariosHome invasion, road rage, demonstrations, terrorist attack, mob violence, school attack, business attack.

Conceal Carry (CCW)Concealed carry basics video, photos and text narrative (non-permit).

Handgun Drills: Video, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative handgun techniques.

Shotgun DrillsVideo, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative shotgun techniques.

Rifle DrillsVideo, photos and text narrative for 15 fundamental combative rifle techniques.


5-Day Kick-Start + TestOnline 5-Day/5-Hour Kick-Start course and test for new gun owners. Safety, drills, tactics, etc.

15 Handgun Modules + Final Exam15 instructional modules with quizzes and a final exam. Pass for credit.

CCW Basics + TestConcealed carry basics video, photos and text narrative with a test for credit.

17 Individual Tactics Modules + Final Exam: 17 individual tactics course modules with quizzes and final exam for credit.

20 Team Tactics Modules + Final Exam20 team tactics course modules with quizzes and final exam for credit.

3 Tactical Medicine Courses + Final Exam3 basic tactical medicine courses with quizzes and final exam for credit.

3 Tactical Communication Courses + Final Exam3 basic tactical communication courses with quizzes and final exam for credit.


30 Day beginner plan Smartsheet powered... for new gun owners. Handgun fundamentals + basic tactics.

12 Month advanced plan Smartsheet powered... for experienced owners, handgun, shotgun, rifle, advanced tactics.

24 Month PDB Stand-Up Smartsheet powered... establish private defense base and private security force.


Profile: Your home base. Access training plans, store videos, upload photos, share personal details, etc.

ForumCommunicate with other members. Join conversations. Monitor topics of interest.

Threat CenterMonitor real-time feeds of potential threats worldwide and trending threats as they develop.

Weekly Tac Chats: Monday evening two-hour open mic tactical chats with our certified instructors. Bring your questions.

Chat Support12/7 online chat support from our certified instructors to answer questions about your training.

SmartsheetsPersonalized, interactive training plans that guide you to your training objective.

Individual Training GroupYour private training group. If you're on a Smartsheet this is where you interact with your CFI Team Training Group For businesses, churches, and schools: This is your private group to interact with your cadre.