Overview and purpose
SPIDER, LLC was established in 2012 by Dr. Michael Cohen and James Widmar to fill a gap. They realized that most non-military staff (i.e. NGO, researchers, journalists, consultants) had little or no training to protect themselves in risky environments.
At the same time, they saw that existing training fell into 1 of 2 types — ineffective PowerPoint seminars, or inappropriate contexts.
To address these shortfalls, SPIDER was created by uniting seasoned NGO professionals with former members of U.S. Military Special Forces units.
As an International Development professional working in conflict and fragile regions for almost 20 years, they realized that he counted on luck more than anything else to keep safe.
“I didn’t want to wait for my luck too run out. I didn’t want to watch others’ luck run out.”
SPIDER’s management team includes: