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Direct Action 1ndustries' mission is to provide training to law-enforcement agencies across the country—specifically, to teach them how to deal with potential terrorist attacks and other irregular high-stakes scenarios. Because of the intensity of the training, DA1 only employs current and former military special operations and law-enforcement personnel. It was founded by Dave VanDriel, a former assault-team member of the Department of Homeland Security’s only counter terrorism unit, and Mike Lalla, a former lead instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard's highly specialized tactical law enforcement team.
In addition to leading classes that deal with active shooters and close-quarter battles, instructors teach basic concealed-carry skills. Afterward, students can submit an application to obtain a Florida concealed-weapons permit.