Jim Willis, M.Sc, CMAS, CHS-I

Mr. Jim Willis is President of InDev Specialists, Inc. (InDev) and its security divisions InDev Tactical and IMMC. Jim is an engineer, development specialist, and security expert. He has 40 years technical and professional experience in electric power, international development, and security. Prior to forming InDev, he was director of a major international foundation for 10 years. Jim is a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist with expertise in homeland security, counterterrorism, planning, training, security operations, and violence prevention.
Conflict & Post Conflict Assessments, Crisis & Disaster Response:
Mr. Willis has extensive experience in power systems development and security, conflict/post-conflict field operations, disaster damage assessments and response, and recovery, and restoration operations. He has worked in more than 37 countries for corporate and government clients including the DOD, USAID, WB, UNDP, and ADB. He has participated in conflict and post-conflict operations in Cambodia, Ethiopia and South Sudan, and disaster recovery and reconstruction in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, the Philippines, and the United States.
Security Operations:
Since 2006, Mr. Willis has led InDev’s security operations in Afghanistan as Theater Operations Manager. His is responsible for static and dynamic security guard operations, PSD teams, route/convoy security, intelligence monitoring, situational analysis, site assessments, planning and implementation. His work has carried him throughout Afghanistan including Kabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Logar, and Sar-I-Pul.
Mr. Willis has more than 40 years of experience in electric power systems and engineering. Starting as an Electricians Mate (EM) in the Navy, he has experience as a electric power system lineman, engineer, and operations manager. He spent 10 years with NRECA’s International Programs helping establish electric systems in developing countries around the world.
Mr. Willis is an expert in church security and crisis management. He provides training and advisory services that help clients identify and deal with violent situations and manage crisis. Mr. Willis developed the ASSIST training series to provide an effective non-intrusive security program that can fit into any organizational framework.
Masters of Science (MSc) in International Development (Security emphasis),
Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (BS) (Electric power focus),
Associates Degrees (AA & AAT) in Pre-engineering and Electrical Power
U.S. Navy veteran – Electricians Mate
Mr. Willis is a Certified Master Anti-terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and a Certified Homeland Security Expert with accreditations from the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board and the American Board of Certification in Homeland Security. He is certified as a METT Expert by the Ekman Institute.
He has over 30 security and anti-terrorism training certificates from the Dep of Defense (DOD), Dep of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Security Service (DSS), and the UN.
Mr. Willis is a member of a number of professional organizations including:
• 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)
He is a registered associate/affilate member of:
• Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
• The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)

Jim has articles in the following magazines:
2019 Q1 Issue
2019 Q4 Issue

The Rise of First Amendment Audits and Its Impact on YOU!

“IF THEY CANNOT PROVOKE A CONFRONTATION, THEY WILL TYPICALLY LEAVE. TO AN AUDITOR, POLITE + FRIENDLY = BORING.” A First Amendment Audit. Most of us have never heard of such a thing, let alone experienced it. But the chance of facing one grows daily. They are aggravating and unsettling; and if not handled well, can …

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Situational Awareness and De-escalation in the Field

There has been an undeniable increase in hostility toward utilities across the country. For a growing segment of the population, public service providers, regardless of the organizational structure, are adversaries to be challenged. For employees and contractors alike, jobsite violence isn’t “becoming” a thing, it already is. Yet, field security issues don’t receive the same …

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Paying Attention Could Make All The Difference

Have you ever considered how similar your role as a damage prevention specialist is to that of a scout? By scout, I’m thinking less Boy Scout and more Daniel Boone/Kit Carson. Your job is to identify obstacles and mark hazards (i.e. pathfinding) for those who will come later. Historically, this has also been the role …

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