Executive Management


Pulse was founded by Ron Danielowski a former active duty Marine and security consultant operating in the Middle East and Mike Smock a competitive strategist and expert on maneuver theory. The founders met back in early 2001 over a common appreciation for the theories of John Boyd.

Ron Danielowski is Vice President - Chief Instructor. Prior to co-founding the enterprise he spent 25 years as a multi-agency accredited instructor, organizing, developing, implementing, and overseeing training solutions for numerous federal agencies including the Department of Energy, Federal Air Marshals, and the Department of State. He has worked extensively in both Afghanistan and Iraq in support of America's military and federal agencies. Ron started his instructing career in the Marine Corps, both as a coach and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor, first in the Fleet Marine Force and then at Weapons Training Battalion, San Diego, where he also shot competitively for the both the MCRD and the USMC Shooting Team. Ron is a Distinguished Marksman and member of the "President's Hundred" winner of the Marine Infantry Team Trophy Match. Email him directly at silentbob(at)pulsefirearmstraining.com

Bill Tallen is Vice President - Tactical Operations. Prior to joining the enterprise he had a 20 year career with the Department of Energy, where he served as a Federal Agent, team leader, unit commander, training instructor, and manager in the agency which provides secure transportation of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials within CONUS. He helped to found DOE's Special Response Force program, developing and teaching urban and close quarter battle techniques to Federal Agents charged with recovery of lost assets. He also planned and conducted interagency training events in civilian environments, which focused on interoperability of federal, state, and local authorities in response to terrorist threats against high-value targets. He has designed and conducted a variety of wargaming efforts in support of vulnerability assessments, security system design, and leadership training, and has taught a variety of crisis decision making models. Bill holds the degree of Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Email him directly at militaris(at)pulsefirearmstraining.com

Mike Smock is Vice President - Business Development. Prior to co-founding the enterprise; he was managing director for a San Francisco based strategy consultancy, and Chairman and CEO of an international engineering services firm. In his early career he spent 15 years in senior management positions with major national and international enterprises, and was the founder or co-founder of several start-ups including Dynaquest an early artificial intelligence pioneer. He attended Michigan State University, East Tennessee State University and Elmhurst College. Email him directly at strategist(at)pulsefirearmstraining.com


The Pulse co-founders originally met in 2001 over a shared appreciation for John Boyd and William Lind. At that time, Ron Danielowski was working in the private sector for a federal agency which specialized in anti-terrorism tactics utilized to protect national resources. The attacks of 9/11 compelled him to re-enter the defense business as a private security contractor. Over the next several years the principals conducted an on-going conversation regarding the application of John Boyd's "OODA" loop to business and military operations. The result of these conversations led to the development of a business concept for a firearms training group that was originally presented to a major security contractor. Initially called "O2DA Training" (in tribute to John Boyd), the concept was to provide firearms training to private citizens. While there are many firearms training options available today, the distinguishing feature of O2DA was it's application of maneuver warfare theory to reality-based firearms training. The development of the business concept and methodology was refined and continued while Ron worked in both Afghanistan and Iraq. The summer of 2010 saw the finalization of what is now called Pulse O2DA and was formally launched October 15, 2010 with a full slate of training courses and security services.


In February 2017 Pulse O2DA changed it's name to Distributed Security, Inc. (DSI). The name change reflects the growing portfolio of services offered by Pulse O2DA and the evolving nature of its mission. Since its founding in October 2010, the firm has developed an integrated offering of on-range, on-line and on-site training packages for individual, home, business, and community defense.

Coinciding with the name change, the firm is launched a new security offering, called Private Defense Networks. The new distributed security strategy enables businesses to develop private defense bases and operate private security forces capable of defending life and property. DSI offers clients a turnkey package of services, including infrastructure, training, provisioning, and outsourcing. The name change will gradually take effect throughout 2017. Existing Pulse O2DA brand names will be retained on various training offerings. 

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