Bold as Lions-Combat Tracking IX



We wanted to share with you the amazing capability that is Combat Tracking Information Exploitation (CTIX). Set in a fictional country, a Combat Tracking Team are tasked to deploy and respond to a realistic incident. This fast paced action movie shows the team arriving at the incident site, Casting for “Sign” and gaining valuable intelligence and information about their Quarry/Target. The team rapidly transition to an offensive posture and conduct a breathtaking pursuit………

“The wicked flee when none pursueth but the righteous are as bold as a lion” – Proverbs 28:1

Combat Tracking IX Course


Here’s PENCARI’s latest exceptional training offering now open to both Individuals and Teams.

Dates: 14-25 April 2014.                                     Course duration: 2 week (10 day).

Location: Training will take place at our exclusive High Altitude Desert Terrain facility in New Mexico USA.

All training, on-site Accommodation and all Meals included in one incredible price.

By attending the PENCARI CTIX you are guaranteed an opportunity to receive world renowned quality Combat Tracking instruction from PENCARI’s exceptional team of Instructors! Our training will enhance both current and future Military, Law Enforcement, Counter-Poaching and Security operations whatever and wherever your Mission may take you!

CTIX level 1 class includes all necessary lessons required to identify ‘sign’ and through the use of Information Exploitation (IX) techniques make intelligent and logical assumptions and deductions about your quarry/target in order to successfully pursue and interdict. The CTIX has a completely tactical focus drawing on years of experience in Combat Tracking in both an operational and training role. It includes Deception and Counter Deception, C- IED, Night and Urban Tracking. The class is both mentally and at times physically challenging.

Participants must be physically fit and capable of carrying medium loads over distances in excess of 15 miles over rugged terrain and on occasion at speed.

The cost of our Combat Tracker IX – level 1 (Mil/LE-100 hours) = $2200 USD a 20% deposit ($440 USD) is required on booking with full payment required no less than 4 weeks before course start date.


 All payments can be made through our PayPal account. We will invoice you through PayPal and you are free to pay via credit, debit or Bank card, you are not required to have a PayPal account!

Just send us an email to and we will do the rest!

Additional PENCARI Training Benefits:

Instructor Student RatioPENCARI’s Instructor to Student ratio never exceeds 1:4, ensuring that an Instructor is always with the student Combat Tracking Team, delivering advice, guidance and assistance throughout each and every track.

Instructor Depth of KnowledgeOur World leading Instructors all come from incredible backgrounds including UKSF and Royal Marines Commando. All instructors have served on numerous operations in all environments, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Columbia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bosnia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland to name a few. All PENCARI Instructors have also served as Instructors at the UK Military Combat Tracking School based in the Jungles of SE Asia and therefore have a considerable depth of knowledge in successful training delivery…..they know what works!

Multi Environment Training: PENCARI ensure that you receive training in as many differing environments as the training area allows. This ensures that wherever you may be asked to serve you have an understanding of what to look for in that environment and how to adjust your tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP’s) to best suit the threat and the terrain. PENCARI Instructors have the confidence to teach you anywhere and offer you a true Contingency capability.

Open country, Close country Drills (including Urban): PENCARI recognize the importance of adapting Information Exploitation and Pursuit methods both to the threat and to the terrain therefore, we deliver you the necessary skills to conduct CTIX in both Open and Close country including Urban Tracking. This ensures that team safety remains a priority and enables you to successfully complete your Mission whatever that Mission may be.

Relevant and Up to Date (TTP’s): Combat tried and tested tactics, techniques and Procedures. The TTP’s that PENCARI teach have been tested in combat and have not been found wanting. They have been developed over many years and many conflicts as diverse as Aden, The Malay Emergency, The Borneo Confrontation, Northern Ireland, Rhodesian Bush Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand the loads that you are required to carry (because we too have carried those loads) and the affects that they will have, both on the Team and on the Individual in a fast ‘Pursuit’ style operation. Combat Tracking IX can be aided by the use of new and existing technology however its successful use is not dependent on it! We discuss and train how to incorporate your Tracking drills into a multi-layered technical approach ensuring your Team maintains the tactical and operational advantage over any adversary.

Our Training AreasWe select our training areas to offer as many differing environments as possible, crucial to ensure a true contingency capability (go anywhere use anywhere). They all consist of both Open and Close Country, grass, rock, sand, bush, scrub, wetlands and urban terrain. This diversity will give you the confidence in your Tracking skills to operate anywhere and in all environments.

Full PackageTraining, Accommodation and Food all included in one price. Our discreet and secluded New Mexico training site offers the incredible opportunity to conduct Tracking training in an unsurpassed and demanding environment. Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional charge.

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JIEDDO director discusses mission, counter-IED tactics, future beyond 2014

WASHINGTON, OCT. 17, 2012 – The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization has two goals in mind as the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 approaches, JIEDDO director Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said Wednesday addressing a group of defense analysts, academics and diplomats.

“Two years from now as we transition, I would like to say first that we were effective in limiting the IED-related casualties in Afghanistan,” he said. “And second, that we have institutionalized the right capabilities in the right way to allow us to meet this enduring threat,” not only in Afghanistan but throughout the world.

Since January 2011, there have been more than 10,000 global IED events occurring in more than 112 countries executed by about 40 regional or transnational threat networks, Barbero said at the event hosted by the Atlantic Council, a non partisan institution in Washington devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security.

Outside of Afghanistan, Pakistan had the highest number of IED incidents in September. Its 100 incidents were closely followed by Colombia’s 67, India’s 54 and Somalia’s and Syria’s 19 each, he said.

The IED is the artillery of the 21st century, and the battlefield can occur anywhere and at anytime, he said. It can be a marketplace frequented by residents just as easily as it can be an isolated road where only military convoys travel. Opponents on this battlefield represent a threat network continuum that includes criminals, narcotics smugglers, insurgents and terrorists.

In Afghanistan, which holds JIEDDO’s current focus, there has been an increase in IED attacks — up 52 percent from last year — as coalition forces transfer operational responsibility to the Afghan National Security Forces, Barbero said.

Although the percentage of attacks has increased, the number of overall IED events in Afghanistan has steadily declined since June 2012, which was the highest month ever, he said.

When the bomb makers change the recipe of the IEDs, Barbero said JIEDDO quickly adapts as well, and finds or develops new technologies that are able to combat such new threats. An example is the current use of ultrathin wires and non-metal pressure plates in IEDs.

“The most important word in our mission is “rapidly.” That is why we exist,” Barbero said.

This one simple adjective has so much significance to the organization’s mission and adaptability, he said. “Rapidly” applies to mission-critical actions such as researching, financing and fielding counter-IED tools for the ever-changing IED battlefield.

To aid JIEDDO in this quest, the Department of Defense entrusts Barbero with the authority to purchase counter-IED tools and training materials that cost $25 million or less. For anything more than $25 million, JIEDDO quickly seeks special permission from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter. An example of this unique spending authority is how JIEDDO financed and fielded 210,000 pelvic protection units to troops in Afghanistan within a three-month period in 2011. A second example was the quantity of handheld IED devices JIEDDO acquired and distributed to military training bases such as Camp Lejeune, N.C., for pre-deployment training purposes, he said.

However, even with this special authority, JIEDDO cannot defeat the IED threat alone.

“It takes a network to defeat a network,” Barbero said.

As the DODs lead on counter-IED initiatives, JIEDDO has partnered with the Departments of Homeland Security, State, Commerce and Trade, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials.

Just as JIEDDO and its partners are collaborating and sharing research, funding and training, so are the threat networks.

The interaction between dispersed threat networks is enabled by the latest information technology, which provides them a platform for recruiting, fundraising, training, information exchanges and social interaction, he said. Their centers of excellence and collections of best practices are open 24-hours a day and shared around the world. They have even developed online tools such as instructional videos, interactive subject matter expert forums and lessons-learned studies to enable and inspire others regardless of their location or experience level.

Because of their flat, dispersed and unencumbered networks, IED tactics and techniques used by insurgents are increasing in sophistication and proliferating globally.

He identified a main difference between warfighters and those in the threat network.

“Whereas in the U.S. military we march to the sound of guns, these threat networks march to the signs of instability and take the IED with them,” he said.

Because instability is universal, JIEDDO monitors global IED attacks daily so it can quickly respond with counter-IED strategies, he said. These include handheld IED detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs, robots and biometric technologies among other capabilities.

Biometrics, which are technologies that measure and analyze characteristics such as DNA, fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns and hand measurements, is a vital component of JIEDDO’s “attack the network” line of operation.

“Biometrics are critical,” he said. “We can remove the greatest defense of these groups, which is their anonymity.”

When bomb technicians collect any forensic evidence such as a fingerprint or DNA from an IED or post-blast scene, it is put into a database. That information can then be used to link someone back to a crime or an attack. One example is when the biometric evidence, collected by U.S. forces in Iraq, helped the FBI link two immigrants in Kentucky to terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Barbero said that as long as the threats endure, JIEDDO and its partners must provide enduring capabilities. Some must-have capabilities for the future include:
Institutionalizing counter-IED training
Retaining a whole-of-government approach
Acquiring financial intelligence that follows the flow of money to threat networks
As the U.S. is slated to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in 2014, people ask Barbero what is to become of his operationally funded organization.

He responded, “That’s not the right question. The question is … will there be an enduring threat in the future.”

Barbero said that IEDs are here to stay.

“A joint response is the best approach for threats such as IEDs,” he said. “There needs to be a joint organization tied in with a global perspective.”

Whether the IED threat is in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia or elsewhere, JIEDDO and its partners “have to do better” to reduce the incidents and deaths, he said.

There is no “silver bullet” that will stop these casualty-producing devices on the battlefields in Afghanistan or at home, Barbero said. However, JIEDDO remains singularly focused on providing rapid counter-IED capabilities to mitigate the enduring threat from IEDs and their networks