Mike Pannone is a former operational member of U.S. Marine Reconnaissance, Army Special Forces (Green Beret) and 1st SFOD-D (Delta) as well as a competition USPSA pistol shooter holding a Master class ranking in Limited, Limited-10 and Production divisions. He has participated in stabilization, combat and high-risk protection operations in support of U.S. policies throughout the world as both an active duty military member, and a civilian contractor.
After sustaining a severe blast injury Mike retired from 1st SFOD-D. In the wake of 9/11, he helped stand up the Federal Air Marshal Program (FAMS) in the model that stands today. He worked as a Primary Firearms Instructor for the Atlantic City office and as the head in-service instructor for the Seattle field office of the FAMS.
He also worked as an independent contractor and advisor for various consulting companies to include SAIC (Protective Security Detail "PSD" Iraq), Triple Canopy (PSD Iraq), and The Wexford Group (Counter IED ground combat advisor Iraq and pre-deployment rifle/pistol/tactics instructor for the Asymmetric Warfare Group). Mike was also the Senior Instructor for Viking Tactics (VTAC), and Blackheart International. He started his own consulting company full time in late 2008.
Mike has attended numerous Army, Marine and Navy special operations related schools, and high level training events. He is a certified FLETC Firearms Instructor, Federal Air Marshal Instructor, NRA Certified Law Enforcement Patrol Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Instructor, Glock and Colt (AR15/M16/M4) armorer, and Simunition® FX® Scenario and safety Instructor. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences from the University of Washington.
His specialized knowledge from both military and contract work coupled with his broad operational experience give him a wide range of practical knowledge that is unique.
Mike trains vetted civilians, military, State, Federal and local Law Enforcement agencies the result of which made CTT-Solutions a Small Business Achievement Awardee in 2010, the first year the company did business as a stand-alone entity. He has published 3 books and written numerous articles in magazines to include Shooters Magazine.com, Defense Review, and Recoil.
Dan is considered one of the most knowledgeable experts and instructors in the world of precision shooting with over 30 years of experience in the precision rifle discipline, including service in the U.S. Army as an infantry rifleman and sniper as well as a High Master level rifle competitor.
He served as a subject matter expert for the US Army Sniper School and Infantry Center, and provides instructor development training for many US and allied military schools in advanced marksmanship and helicopter sniper employment (aerial sniper overwatch). Dan is also a sought-after consultant for US defense contractors in their development of new equipment and weapon systems, where he has invented the Helo Spider™ weapon rigging system and the HeloSOF© aerial gunnery methodology for helicopter deployment of snipers. He has also designed 2 state-of-the-art sniper simulation trainers for the special operations community, including the Special Operations Advanced Sniper Simulator (SOASS) for the Special Forces Sniper School at Ft Bragg, North Carolina.
In addition to his consulting expertise, Dan is also in demand at the top levels as a precision rifle instructor, combat developer, and security specialist for companies and agencies across the U.S. and 20 other countries. His private research has yielded advanced ballistics calculation methods, predictive algorithms & aiming calculations, data collection methodologies and maintenance procedures. He has also been contracted to research human factors and the adult learning process as it relates to marksmanship. Dan was interviewed and contributed to a recent article in RECOIL Magazine by Dr. Neal Olshan which described the differences in brain processing, psychology, motivation and learning styles between women and men in the shooting sports. He has also instructed military special operations and infantry units, federal, state, and local law enforcement, thousands of civilian shooters, and has taught numerous leadership development courses at state colleges and private universities.