"Ready the Guardians"


“However, the nature and motivations of these new adversaries, their determination to obtain destructive powers hitherto available only to the world’s strongest states, and the greater likelihood that they will use weapons of mass destruction against us, make today’s security environment more complex and dangerous.

Prevent Our Enemies from Threatening Us, Our Allies, and Our Friends with Weapons of Mass Destruction”

Goal V of the National Security Strategy of the United States

The MERRICK lists of services include assessment, consultation and training. For those engaged in the maritime security or emergency response, MERRICK can provide the following services that have been recognized as the national standard.

Boat Training

Each customer agency will have a program tailored to their unique needs and the existing skills of their officers. The curriculum will be established and built upon an in-depth analysis of their area of operation, the construct and experience of their team, the threats that may present themselves, and the national standard of training recognized by the United States Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Training programs include;

  • Defensive Boat Tactics:
  • How to Detect, Deter and Defend
  • High Value Asset protection
  • Fixed and Moving Security Zone Enforcement
  • Multi agency interoperability
  • Pursuit Tactics
  • Primary and Secondary responsibilities
  • Use of Force
  • Warning Shots and Disabling Fire
  • Basic Crew Member Training
  • Search and Rescue

Boarding Procedures Training

  • Felony Take-Downs (Counter Drug or Migrant Interdiction)
  • Port Security Boardings
  • Deep Draft/Commercial Vessel/Recreational Boardings
  • Interview Techniques
  • Anomaly Detection
  • Passport Identification
  • Bomb Awareness

Preparedness Training

  • Table top, functional and full scale exercise development and implementation
  • Multi-agency response
  • Briefing on Bombs, Weapons and Terrorist devices
  • Tactical Response to Crisis
  • Incident Command Structure

Prevention Training

  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Threat Analysis, Physical Security and Defense in Depth
  • Methods to detect and counter piracy, stowaways, drug smuggling, migrant smuggling and the new threats of terrorism
  • Vessel protection for private crews


In today’s world, change is a constant. Assuming that tactics or measures implemented last year or years earlier are sufficient for today, is the foundation of failure. Often, new eyes are the clearest to see weaknesses and gaps.

  • Risk Assessment
  • Facility Security
  • Are their any potential holes in the armor
  • Threat Assessment: Has the environment changed
  • What are your vulnerabilities, criticalities, and risks
  • Security and Defense Plan Development
  • Landside and Waterside
  • Commercial and Private vessels
  • Exercise design, development, facilitation and assessment
  • Training Sustainability
  • Train the Trainer Programs
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Platform Requirements and Selection
  • Equipment Representation and Recommendation
  • Outfitting (platforms and personnel gear, etc.)
  • Contingency Planning


Often the solution to training, planning or exercise requests rests in an assessment of an agency's or facility's current capabilities and potential gaps in security or readiness. For that reason, assessment is usually the first step in a MERRICK relationship. Some of those services are listed below.

  • Risk Analysis
  • Threat Assessment
  • Procedural Evaluation and Analysis
  • Capabilities Assessment
  • Exercise Development
  • Red Cell Analysis and System Evaluation

“America, in this new century, again faces new threats. Instead of massed armies, we face stateless networks; we face killers who hide in our own cities. We must confront deadly technologies. To inflict great harm on our country, America's enemies need to be only right once. Our intelligence and law enforcement professionals in our government must be right every single time.”

President George W. Bush December 17, 2004