PO Box 845 River Falls, WI 54022

Applied Countermeasures Group


Dave Skinner - President & Co-Founder

Additional Information:
Dave started his career in the United States Air Force where he was responsible for safeguarding our nation’s nuclear assets. After serving honorably, Dave went on to work for the Great Falls Montana Police Department, where he excelled as an officer for nearly 10 years and was a highly decorated master patrolman. In 1999, Dave served the U.S. State Department and the United Nations, serving the people of Kosovo as an International Police Task Force Officer. Dave held the position of Patrol Commander, overseeing all patrol operations for the City of Prizren. Dave later returned home where he began employment as a Montana Department of Justice Criminal Investigator, conducting complex regulatory and criminal investigations.

In 2001, Dave answered the call of 9/11 by becoming a United States Federal Air Marshal, flying missions, serving as a lead trainer for their regional office, instructing firearms, tactics, fitness, and complex law enforcement education courses. In 2008, Dave promoted to Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement for the State of Minnesota. He was responsible for all Minnesota airports, to include Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP). Dave managed operations for the Behavior Detection Officer Program, the TSA Operations office, and was liaison for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, developing critical response plans and responding to critical incidents throughout the State.

Dave was a member of the executive FBI Regional Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), playing a key role for counter-terrorism measures within the region on behalf of the TSA and Federal Air Marshal Service.

In 2015 Dave retired from his law enforcement career and founded ACG with Co-Founder Troy Szotkowski where they continue to follow their passion for serving and training others effective countermeasures with proven proactive techniques that can detect, deter and defeat hostile criminal acts and prepare them for unforeseen emergencies.

In addition, Dave held the position of Director of Security Operations for the prestigious 53 story Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis. Dave was responsible for their 24/7 security operation, assigned security officers, the security budget and deploying the security staff in an effective and efficient manner while utilizing ACG’s instructed Behavior Recognition and Response tactics to identify suspicious behaviors and counter criminal activity.

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