The private security contractor Halo Corporation is holding a “Counter-Terrorism Summit” in San Diego, California, during which government and corporate representatives can watch and participate in different paramilitary training events. Big name speakers will also be there including Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, and General Michael Hayden (Ret.), former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.
KPBS reports that Brad Barker, HALO Corporation’s president, said that the conference is about “thinking globally and acting locally and using technology as a force multiplier to mitigate risk and keep everybody safe.” The conference gives participants the ability to training in environments is designed to create a “realistic atmosphere so the people who are training in the environments actually feel what’s going on.” They will use the latest in security equipment, surveillance gear, body armor, tactical robots and weapons, firing fake ammunition.