Our instructors are experienced law enforcement, military, and security professionals. We possess the strategic knowledge, understanding, and the instructional skills necessary to deliver high value training with real-world application.
Mark "JD" Parker
MOS 11B Infantry/35F Intelligence
Counter-Terrorism and Security
Close Quarter Combatives
Mark is the Founder and Senior Instructor for Barritus Defense. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mark spent over 5 years conducting force protection and security operations. Mark has studied both the U.S. and British interrogation and debriefing methods and has deployed or trained with every branch of the US military and several multi-national forces.
Mark is a Certified Close Protection Specialist and has trained in Israel's West Bank, with members of the Israeli Defense Force in counter-terrorism and security methods.
Following his military service, he studied law at the University of Arkansas and spent 6 years as a deputy district attorney. During that time, he prosecuted numerous cases involving homicide, shootings, assaults, and other crimes of violence.
Mark has trained military units at Fort Bragg, personnel from the Department of Justice, Fortune 500, and law enforcement officers from over 60 departments from around the country. He is also contributor to The Counter Terrorist Magazine and has appeared on Fit'n Fire, the Ever Vigilant, Stand Firm, and other podcasts.
MOS 11B Infantry/Ranger, Sniper Qualified
Special Operations Tactics
Alex is a former special operations soldier and spent five years with the United States Army's 75th Ranger Regiment. Alex is a decorated combat veteran with four tours to Afghanistan and is the graduate of Airborne, Ranger school, and sniper school. He is also a certified Tiger Swan Rifle and Pistol Instructor.