Paying Attention Could Make All the Difference

James Willis, In-Dev Specialists, Inc.

Paying Attention Could Make All the Difference

Improving your situational awareness skills depends entirely on you. You begin to improve your situational awareness the moment you decide to take a proactive step in paying attention. Situational awareness training can be a life saver. And good training can help you become more effective at your craft and will provide insights into subtle ways to increase awareness and assess situations.

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Start Time:  2:00 pm 

End Time:  2:45 pm

Track(s): Electric, Excavator, GIS, Locate, One Call, Oil & Gas, Regulatory & Emergency Services, Water & Sewer, Telecom, Public Works


Jim Willis is an electrical engineer, development specialist, and security expert with over 40 years of technical and professional experience. He is a Certified Master Antiterrorism Specialist and Homeland Security Expert. Jim has extensive experience in power system and infrastructure development and protection, physical security, and conflict zone operations. He has worked in 37 countries, including seven years as Afghan Theater Operations Manager.

Jim used his experience and expertise to develop the ASSIST training series.  This proprietary program offers practical, non-intrusive security training tailored to fit into the client’s organizational framework.

Master of Science (MSc) in International Development (Security emphasis)
Bachelor’s in electrical engineering (BS) (Electric power focus)

Certified Master Antiterrorism Specialist – by the Antiterrorism Accreditation Board
Level-V Homeland Security Expert – by the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security
Certified METT Expert – by the Ekman Institute

Jim’s security and anti-terrorism expertise includes training from the

Dept of Defense (DOD)
Defense Security Service (DSS)
Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)
UN Dept of Safety & Security (UNDSS)

Additionally, as a security and infrastructure expert, Jim monitors emerging threats, studies new response techniques, and learns new practices to stay at the forefront of the sector.   

Society for International Development (SID-Washington)
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
International Executive Security Association (IESA)
International NGO Safety and Security Association (INSSA)
International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP)

Jim is a registered associate/affiliate member of:
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)

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