Conducting international security advances is second nature to us across the United States and all over the world. So when the manager of one of the most successful bands in U.S. history reached out to us for assistance with major event security and strategic security planning and oversight for a Latin American tour, we didn’t hesitate. Why Hillard Heintze? One member of the band’s management team had worked in the White House earlier in his career and was familiar with some of the ways that the U.S. Secret Service protects the President.

Naturally, even celebrities aren’t accorded the levels of protection accorded the President, backed by the full battery of resources available to the U.S. government. But there are some very important similarities. Like what? The advances, which are rigorous. The logistics planning. Personal protection. Transportation. There’s a long list.

  • What medical support requirements should be carried?
  • Which U.S. government resources – those stationed or operating in the countries visited – are willing to share insights and intelligence on the local threat and response environment before and during the trip?
  • Should security-related liaison be established with the foreign government’s security arm, and if so, how?
  • Which hospital in each city is the best one?
  • What are the best alternative routes – to the hospital, to the G650 on the tarmac, to the safe house?

It’s literally days of advance planning for every hour the protectees are on the ground.