Governmental & Commercial Projects
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Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors
Research & Development
- Use of former Ex Military Personnel (EMP); most are ex-specialist operators or comparable specialist backgrounds. Many are contemporaries from a small selection of units, who have a particular understanding of the principles of small team operations, working with local populations, covert methods, counter and anti-surveillance. Others bring particular specific technical skills, such as civilian paramedic experience, language ability, special weapons expertise, and so on. All are highly resourceful and capable managers, selected on the basis that they are known by SOS, other members of the team or whose background the company can verify. This coherent body of experience is one of SOS’s greatest strengths.
- Use of Local Nationals (LN’s); each one of whom is selected, vetted (dedicated screening process) and trained by our in-country management team located within the region of operation. The integration of LN’s into SOS is paramount from the outset of operations, embedded LN’s as colleagues, at whatever level, secures the benefit of local knowledge and intelligence. The company remains continuously engaged with the local communities in which we operate, LN personnel in the past have proven themselves to be highly proficient, resourceful, loyal and courageous, and have become a unique resource amongst services providers while working in a hostile environment.
- Intelligence-based decision-making; is critical to SOS’s activities. Through the employment of LN’s within its organisation, the company benefits from locally sourced intelligence that may be unavailable elsewhere, this information is analysed internally and if creditable acted upon accordingly.
- Community engagement; is another important aspect of our work, which takes several forms. We maintain a general dialogue with influential figures at national and local level across the region of interest, in order to ensure that it is widely understand that SOS and that our clients are involved in efforts to develop the region of operation for the benefit of the community, and to attempt to diffuse any misunderstanding of that position. In actual areas of operation we regularly engage closely with local leaders thus ensuring we can operate safely in their area of influence. When employing LN’s the company supports them and develops their skills, wherever it is appropriate to do so, this solidifies the relationship with the communities amongst which we will live and operate. The company ensures that all local cultures and traditions are adhered to and treat the LN’s with the respect they deserve.
- Consistency and leadership; SOS’s management team, working internally and externally of the region of interest, assess and initially establishes the operation, after which they will decide on who is to follow; this formula develops a stable working platform from the outset in which the company can build upon.
- Low visibility operations; are central to our methods, our personnel adopt a non- intrusion presence whether operating on foot or when using vehicles. Where appropriate counter and anti surveillance techniques are regularly used to identify and disrupt any hostile activity, we regard being unnoticed as the first line of our defence.
- Above all SOS’s approach to working in a hostile environment is about being non-
confrontational, unless confronted, to be highly organised and professional in our response
when confrontation does occur. Our approach allows us to work where others cannot, and to
actively manage risks in the most dangerous environments across the world.