Kelly Mccann

Knives Illustrated - - Outside The Wire -

Mccann, a for­mer U.S. Marine Corps spe­cial-mis­sions officer, is one of the most re­spected mod­ern au­thor­i­ties on close-com­bat. He holds a mas­ter in­struc­tor rat­ing in com­bat­ives and is a rec­og­nized sub­ject-mat­ter expert in close-com­bat as well as high-risk en­vi­ron­ment, close-quar­ter bat­tle and pro­tec­tive-ser­vices tac­tics, tech­niques and pro­ce­dures for various govern­ment agencies. In the 1980s, USMC Gen­eral Al­fred M. Gray, Jr. tasked Mccann with developing the U.S. Marine Corps coun­tert­er­ror­ism pro­gram; his last as­sign­ment was with the na­tion’s most clas­si­fied joint mil­i­tary unit. Th­ese ac­com­plish­ments only be­gin to re­veal Mccann’s un­con­ven­tional mil­i­tary ca­reer—a ca­reer that saw him de­ploy with, train and lead some of the na­tion’s most elite tiered level units.

When he left the mil­i­tary in the early 1990s, Kelly founded Cru­cible Se­cu­rity Spe­cial­ists, where he and his staff pro­vided govern­ment agencies and For­tune 500 com­pa­nies spe­cial­ized train­ing and pro­tec­tive ser­vices around the world, op­er­at­ing in such hot spots as Haiti, Kosovo, Columbia, Iraq and Afghanistan. In Septem­ber of 2001, ma­jor news agencies were scram­bling to find ex­perts to pro­vide anal­y­sis af­ter the 9/11 at­tacks. Kelly soon filled this role, serv­ing as a se­cu­rity an­a­lyst for CNN, and later, Fox News. In 2012, Mccann stepped down as Ceo/pres­i­dent of Cru­cible and founded Kembativz Brand, of­fer­ing his unique train­ing to civil­ians for the first time.

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