The Modern Samurai
The Modern Samurai
A few hundred years ago in the western world there were those who chose
serve in the protection of their employers and they were called
In the Far East, they were known as “Samurai”. No matter what they were
all knew the definition of their profession and their duties: to keep
patrons safe and secure wherever they went.
Many romantic stories and legends were told about these unique
in most of these stories they were described as the bravest of
or supermen. This profession created an aura around those who chose to
specialize in and live by the rules of the field. It is one of the
professions in the world.
This sector gave society a few norms of behavior that gained high
honor from its communities.
In the 21st century, those who deal with the protection of their
called Bodyguards, Close Protection Operatives, and VIP/Executive
Specialists. More recently, they have been called PSD Operators and
Security Details/Detachments because of their deployment in Iraq or
which have become known as the most dangerous areas for VIPs (not
heads of state). These specially trained and highly skilled personnel
to protect individuals or assets of organizations that operate in
environments like Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and South America.
The massive changes that globalization has brought to all areas of life
also created grave concerns for both personal safety and the protection
investments located in critical areas around the globe.
Security therefore, has taken the forefront in international,
corporate strategies. A significant lack of sufficiently secure and
conditions prevents and even jeopardizes economic developments, and
even sports events carry the label “Mission Impossible”.
The need for qualified Protection Operatives capable of providing
related to the protection of assets (sensitive installations) and VIPs
experts, engineers, journalists, UN employees and even cargo ship’s
The Protection specialists who were sent to do these special jobs were
organizations that saw the need for such Protection specialists as a
multiplier for the protection of their assets in hostile environments.
Governments send them for their convenience and cost effectiveness. But
don't want to officially acknowledge our desperate need for them. They
alongside and in most cases even protect military personnel in these
So why do we not support them, respect their efforts, their great
to our society by providing a service to our countries that no one else
take responsibility to do? Instead of supporting them we call them
Fortune or Mercenaries” and any other name that we can think of without
stopping to realize that they did not create or start the conflict.
they are only there to help. Our elected officials are the people who
Do we dislike them now because they are paid for their services,
everyday in environments that we only see in our worst nightmares, by
us how cowardly we really are by not helping our own countries, or
do not want to cope with very real knowledge that they get the job done
when the military can't?
We place them in a category that will calm our own fears without
they have helped with that calming effect, yet they still have
fears well after they return from the violent abyss that we sent them
This analysis was carried out by Mirza David,
Founder and CEO of the
International Security Academy - Israel, which operates practical
for improving and enhancing the mental and physical functions of
Management and Personnel worldwide.
is posted with the permission of the publisher.