Tactical Resources

Steven D. Mattoon's Biography

INSTRUCTOR / CONSULTANT: Police SWAT and Military Special Operations

Author: "SWAT Training and Employment", Paladin Press. "Explosive Entry Techniques for Tactical Teams", Defense Technology Corporation. "SWAT/SRT Instruction Manual", Defense Technology Corporation. "Modern Explosive Breaching Techniques", Varro Group. "Command and Control of Police Tactical Operations", "High Risk Warrants", and "Preparation for Civil Disturbances", Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

  • Twenty years in the United States Army in positions requiring organizational, instructional, and leadership skills in both training and combat operations.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with host country nationals, using interpreter/translators, instruction in all training phases of counter terrorist, and military and police special operations.
  • Highly skilled in the design, implementation, and management of training scenarios for law enforcement agencies, military special operations groups, correctional institutions, and government security agencies.


  • Tactical Counter terrorist Operations
  • Ranger Commando Operations
  • Tactical and Technical Explosive Entry Techniques
  • Tactical Hostage Recovery
  • Tactical Combat Demolitions
  • Mines and Booby Traps
  • Advanced Sniper Techniques and Employment
  • Police Special Tactical Operations
  • Dignitary Protection
  • Correctional Incident Command and Control
  • Correctional Incident Tactical Response
  • Helicopter and Airborne Operations
  • Classified Special Target Breaching Techniques-Charge fabrication & Employment
  • Technical and Tactical Surveillance Techniques


  • 1959-1965
    • United States Army
      • Airborne
      • Rangers
      • Platoon Sergeant
      • Platoon Leader
        • Responsible for training and leading units in special operations, covert operations, and general combat missions.
  • 1966-1967
    • Data Classified
  • 1967-1982
    • United States Army
      • Same As 1959-1965
  • 1982-1987
    • Vinnel Corporation
      • Responsible for approved/sanctioned training of Saudi Arabian National Guard Units for the protection of the Saudi Royal Family and strategic Saudi Arabian bases and installations.
  • 1987-1990
    • Instructor / Consultant
      • Contracted to instruct in special operations to Washington State Law Enforcement Agencies, the Fort Lewis Special Reaction Team, and Washington State Department of Corrections institutions. Assisted Washington State Department of Corrections in formulating a command and control system for correctional incidents, and trained facility CERT teams in tactical response to correctional incidents.
      • Under personal services contract to Tacoma Police Department and Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission to provide: Tactical counter terrorist training in preparation for the 1990 Goodwill Games; special instruction in explosive breaching techniques, hostage recovery, sniper/counter sniper operations, tactical surveys, and special assault planning for all Goodwill Games venue sites. Responsible for instruction on special weapons, site penetration in the event of an incident, and covert scouting and surveillance techniques. Deploy and render technical assistance to Tacoma Police SWAT Team when required.
  • 1990-1995
    • Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
      • Contract instructor for Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, and a specially commissioned police officer. Duties included operational assistance to numerous State of Washington local law enforcement, federal law enforcement and correctional agencies, as well as special tactical instruction for state tactical teams.
      • Instruction Included:
        • Explosive Breaching Techniques
        • Low Lethality Munitions Employment
        • Riot Control / Mobile Field Force Operations
        • Tactical Operations in Rural Terrain
        • Command and Control and Special Planning Techniques
        • Sniper / Counter Sniper Operations
        • Tactical Movement of Police Teams
        • Correctional Incident Response
        • Special Target Assault Techniques and special explosive charge configurations and development of standard operating procedures on the employment of those charges during tactical operations.
  • 1995-1997
    • Defense Technology Corporation of America
      • Director of Training
        • Responsible for course content, instructor development, and coordination of specialized corrections, police, and military training classes in the United States and abroad. Provided assistance to DTCA Research and Development Team on the improvement of less than lethal munitions and the tactical deployment of those munitions by corrections, police, and military special teams.
  • 1997-2002
    • High Energy Access Tools Corporation
      • Director of Training
        • Responsible for the explosive breaching of regular and special tactical targets for police and military units, the continued development of special tactics, weapons, and explosive technology to support those units both nationally and internationally, and where needed, plan and conduct operations in support of valid police or military clients.
  • 2002-2004
    • National Security Associates
      • Director of Training
        • Provide support for NSA law enforcement and military product sales. Responsible for all training of police and military special tactical teams, and operations consultation as required by corporate clients. Responsible for designing, fabrication, and testing of new explosive breaching technology to support police and military clients.
  • 2004-2005
    • United States Investigative Service
      • SWAT Instructor / Advisor
        • Baghdad, Iraq (Protocols Classified)
  • 2005-Present
    • National Security Associates
      • Director of Training
        • Responsible for training and operational support of police & military clients.
        • Responsible for R&D and Fabrication of manual & explosive breaching tools. Have worked in support of fabricating and designing new explosive technology such as the explosive blanket folding entry/gun port frames, and self contained special breaching charges for special warfare.
        • Have supported testing and employment protocols with Dynamic Entry Corp., Crane Indiana, and 75th Ranger Regiment as well as other SOCOM units. Have written breaching protocols and standard operating procedures or assisted in their writing for several SOCOM and Army units.


High School GED, numerous courses in leadership, management, training and motivation while in the United States Army, in addition numerous special operations and combat training courses. Military and police courses include:
  • United States Army Ranger School
  • Airborne School, Static and Free Fall Parachuting
  • Combat Demolitions Mines and Booby Traps
  • Scuba Diving
  • Jungle Warfare
  • Desert Warfare
  • Artic Warfare
  • Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT)
  • Chemical Instructor
  • Distraction Device Instructor
  • Aerosol Spray (OC) Instructor
  • MP5 Sub Machine Gun
  • Urban Rifle
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Emergency Vehicle Operators Course
  • Explosive, Manual, Thermal, Shotgun and Hydraulic Breaching of Structures
  • Crisis Site Management
  • Emergency Medical Care
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