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Bruce K. Siddle

CEO – Human Factor Research Group, Inc.

Mr. Siddle is the managing partner of Human Factor Research Group, Inc. a law enforcement training and publishing company that provides training and contract services to emergency rescue, law enforcement, military and counter-terrorism personnel.

Over a period of three decades, Mr. Siddle’s career has included supporting hundreds of Municipal, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Defense Special Operations community.  

Mr. Siddle is an international authority in the study of high risk and precision human factors. Mr. Siddle is credited with pioneering the study of survival stress and how it impacts the performance of law enforcement officers, military personnel and combat aviators. His pivotal research into the influence of the Sympathetic Nervous System on perceptual processing, cognitive processing, motor performance and memory, is now widely incorporated in performance based training for the criminal justice, military special operations and the combat aviation sectors.  

Mr. Siddle has authored numerous articles, white papers and research abstracts addressing survival stress, survival reaction time; all researching the relationship between precision performance and the affects of negative stress on precision performance. He has personally funded and coordinated 38 research projects. Since 1999, Mr. Siddle’s research has specifically focused on the study of pre-attentive processing during high risk environments and time-compressed response times.  

Bruce Siddle has been a guest speaker for hundreds of agencies throughout the United States, including the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, International Association of Chief’s of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Firearms Instructors, the Academy for Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to name just a few. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Dept. of Navy’s Redcell, U.S. Dept. of Army’s Delta Force, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Dept. of State’s Mobile Security Unit, U.S. Dept. of Defense, U. S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, the U. S. Secret Service Counter Assault Team and Firearms Training Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Hostage Rescue Unit, Federal Aviation Administration Air Marshals, and various military special operation/warfare units since 1986.  

Mr. Siddle has been a training consultant to the Hong Kong government since 1988, working for the Hong Kong Police and the Hong Kong Corrections training academy, as well as the United Kingdom police and prison agencies, and several close-in-protection contracts for the Queen of England’s personal protection unit (Royal Protection Group). Mr. Siddle was a contract instructor for the intelligence community since 1988.  

Bruce Siddle has held security clearances through the Department of Army, Department of State and the CIA.

Post September 11, 2001, Mr. Siddle’s companies received contracts from the TSA to conduct all of the passenger screener training, to design and implement the Federal Flight Deck Officer’s training system, and to design and train thousands of Federal Air Marshals.  

Mr. Siddle has been a guest on Fox News, NPR, Dave Glover, Glenn Beck and a featured combat human factors expert on a Smithsonian Institute/History Channel special regarding elite counter-terrorism units. In 2010, Mr. Siddle was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.  

In 2013, the leadership of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center/DHS nominated Mr. Siddle to receive the President of the United States’ “White House Champions of Change Award” in regard to his ongoing research.

In 2015, Mr. Siddle was honored to support the Michigan Attorney’s General Office in the submission of an amicus brief for the United States Supreme Court.

In 2016, Mr. Siddle finalized six years of continuous research on threat pattern recognition in the context of pre-attentive processing, reaction time and critical skills decision-making in lethal environments.   

Special Recognitions/Awards:

The following details a series of commendations, special recognitions or awards for which Mr. Siddle has received for his service to various governmental units.

1984 – U. S. Secret Service Certificate of Appreciation: Helping to develop close-in protection techniques for the Presidential protection teams

1984 – U. S. Air Force Outstanding Training Award: For the assistance in training the Air Force’s Emergency Service Teams, Scott Air Force Base, IL

1985 – U. S. Coast Guard (TACLET Operations) Special Commendation: Pursuant to developing tactics to assist Coast Guard TACLET teams with controlling drug smuggling into the United states

1988 – Hong Kong Government, Special Recognition: Designing and training special response teams to control Viet Nam refugees in a safe and humane manner

1990 – Hong Kong Tactical Response Squad, Special Commendation: For training riot control teams to maintain the safety of the refugees at the White Head Containment facility

1993 – Special Recognition, Department of Army, SOTF (Delta Force): Services rendered for classified operations

1993 – Special Recognition, 22nd Regiment-SAS, England: The development of specialized training to enhance the survival of SAS operators

1995 – Special Recognition, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hostage Rescue Unit: Training pursuant to Waco, TX incident

1996 – Special Recognition, Royal Protection Unit, (Queen of England and the Royal Family’s Personal Guard) for specialized training toward the protection of the Royal Family

2000 – Special Recognition, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: The design and development of specialized training pursuant to the Congressional Oversight Committee’s findings of the Waco Investigation

2003 – Eagle Award from the Sports Visions Section of the American Optometric Association, for research leading the understanding of perceptual narrowing in combat. Siddle became one of two non-medical doctors ever to receive this honor

2003 – Hong Kong Department of Corrections, for continued research and training support

2006 – Presidential Award, State of Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, for contributions toward the training of law enforcement personnel

2010 – Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame

2013 – The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center/DHS nominated Mr. Siddle to receive the “White House Champions of Change Award”

Past Performance Credentials

1980 to 2006 – PPCT Management Systems, Inc. – Mr. Siddle founded PPCT in 1980, which is today the largest research based use of force training organization in existence.  Under Mr. Siddle’s leadership, PPCT has become “the” cutting edge training organization specializing in all aspects of use of force training for criminal justice, military and intelligence agencies. Mr. Siddle has personally trained thousands of instructors and in excess of 50,000 law enforcement and military personnel

1983 – Granada Invasion: Trained Air Force Tactical Response Team who rescued 12 U.S. students being held hostage

1984 – U.S. Secret Service: Assisted in developing Close in Protection (techniques) for the Presidential protection team

1985 – U.S. Coast Guard (TACLET Operations): Developed tactics to assist Coast Guard TACLET teams with controlling drug smuggling into the United States

1986 – Mr. Siddle expanded PPCT’s scope of operations to include the study of man’s performance in combat and survival conditions, where upon Mr. Siddle’s research into survival/combat human factors is now used throughout the criminal justice and military academic institutions

1988 – U. S. Army SERE course: Developed the CQC course for the Army’s POW survival course that is still being used today

1988 to 2000 – Hong Kong Police and HK Correctional Services: (Personally) conducted 8 contracts. Training included:

  1. Defensive Tactics for HK Police Academy
  2. Inmate Control for HK Correctional Services
  3. Special Response Team training for HK Corrections
  4. Trained Correctional Services SRT during the White Head uprising
  5. Provided emergency training in Close-in Protection for the Police VIP protection team (upon a threat to the Governor)   

1988 to Present – U. S. Army 160th Special Operations; Designed CQC training for Selection & Training personnel, trained all (Ft. Campbell based) aviators and crew chiefs for Gulf War I, continue to provide instructor support and key note presentations. Received a secondary contract to provide Combat Human Factor training for all pilots being deployed to the Middle East for the first Gulf War

1988 to Present – Central Intelligence Agency: In 1988 Mr. Siddle became a contractor for the CIA training personnel from several branches and dozens of missions

1988 to 1991 – Operation Snow Cap: Trained (DEA, U. S. Army Special Forces and CIA) personnel for drug interdiction operations in South America

1988 to 1993 – U. S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Training: Provided training in CQB training to DS details and personnel

1989 to 1993 – U. S. Navy SEAL Red Cell: Trained all SEAL team instructors in Close Quarter Countermeasures

1991 to 1996 – U. S. Army Delta Force: Developed CQC training for S&T, trained operators from B and C squadrons. Also provided training in Close-in Protection for their security details, Extraction and Control techniques, and Aircraft Countermeasures as part of their aircraft hostage rescues program

1992 to 1996 – U. S. Secret Service: Trained Close-in Protection (techniques) for the Presidential CAT team. Subsequently became a regular guest speaker at the Secret Service Academy in Beltsville, MD, on combat human factors and combat firearms training principles

1993 – 22nd Regiment SAS: Received contract post Gulf War. Training included:

  1. CQC training
  2. Extraction and control techniques
  3. Aircraft Countermeasures

1995 – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hostage Rescue Team: Developed training subsequent to the Waco incident and to enhance their Tactical CQC methods

1996 – Royal Protection Group (Queen of England and the Royal Family’s Personal Guard): Trained the protection for the Queen of England, Prince Charles and members of the Royal Family

2000 – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms: Coordinated design and development of (all) ATF use of force training, pursuant to the Congressional Oversight Committee’s findings of the Waco Investigation

2001 to 2004 – FAM recruits and provided Aircraft Countermeasures training for all the new FAM’s during 1988 through 1996. Received a subsequent contract post September 11, 2001, which led to the training of thousands of FAM’s over 18 months to secure air travel

2001 – U. S. Army’s Aviation Research Laboratory: Special presentation to discuss Siddle’s research on combat human factors. The presentation was to an audience of medical doctors and professors of human factor science on the topic of combat human factors. Mr. Siddle’s research and training principals are used today in training for all rotary wing pilots at Ft. Rucker, AL

2001 to 2004 – Federal Air Marshal training: Developed the first Aircraft Countermeasures for the FAM recruits. Follow up contract issued 2001 post 9/11

2002 to 2007 – Transportation Security Administration: Post 9/11 helped the new TSA administration with (conceptual) coordination of FAM and screener security. The initial consulting led to contracts that included:

  1. Basic Passenger Screener training – Trained over 78,000 screeners in six months, the only contractor to meet Congressional training guidelines
  2. Assumed the baggage screener contract from Boeing due to poor performance
  3. Designed the basic training manual for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (Armed Pilot) cadre
  4. Awarded the training contract for the FFDO program
  5. Awarded a follow up contract to train the Federal Air Marshals

2004 – U. S. Department of State Civilian Police Contract: Awarded the CivPol contract subsequent to the PPCT database and training credentials. Today contract supports peace-keepers in eight countries, providing a variety of missions for the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations

2004 – U. S. Army Special Forces Mobile Force Protection: designed and awarded the contract to train Special Forces personnel in survival skills for (road-side) ambushes in Iraq

2005 – U. S. Department of Defense SERE Conference, keynote speaker at Camp Blanding, FL

2010 to 2015 – Teamed with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (DHS) to conduct a research project to study law enforcement officer firefight fatalities from the context of human factors and threat pattern recognition

Winter 2017 – Updated Defensive Tactics manuals with Threat Pattern Recognition research

Summer to Fall 2017 – Combined Threat Pattern Recognition research with FLETC firefight research and developed a new text, Blink of an Eye