Marc Kahlberg - Founder and Owner MK International Security Consulting Ltd "MK ISC", Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in late 1963, Marc Kahlberg spent most of his childhood playing sports and as the principal of the Jewish day school Marc attended once commented, “Marc’s spiritual presence in the classroom in made up for by his physical presence on the sports fields”. It was on these sports field’s that Marc was to bear witness to several beatings by the South African Police in an Apartheid country; His crime was simply playing soccer with black kids!
After an active childhood on the sports fields, Marc was conscripted into a compulsory South African Army for two years. Most of this duty was done in a fighting unit called 3 South African Infantry Brigade. High standards of discipline and extreme mental toughness were the order of the day and after an early honorable discharge due to an injury, Marc’s dream of immigrating to Israel became a reality.
Marc’s transition from the South African Army into the Israel Defense Force was almost immediate.
With almost three decades of experience it would be hard to find a highly qualified senior security advisor with more frontline leadership skills than Marc Kahlberg in applying best practices in pro-active safety and security awareness intellectual knowledge.
Marc’s mission has always been to provide awareness information and specialty training programs that include pro-active instead of re-active methods in protecting both hard and soft targets, while integrating the balance between people, procedures and technology using practical holistic concepts in creating the correct security architecture.
Through intellectual knowledge and field experience Marc is able to educate security professionals both in government and the private sector in preventative tactics in emergency preparedness and crisis response that integrate technology as a means of intelligence and information while striving to manage and investigate events before they happen.
As an intelligence detective in the Israel National Police, Marc educated and trained various elite units in surveillance methods and techniques. He created and established police units and was responsible for the safety and security of infrastructure, property and people.
With a true passion for his work, Marc has been involved in training and advising Israel’s police units as well as International police agencies and organizations throughout the world since 1998.
He has worked amongst and studied terrorists, whilst serving in the Israel Defense Force at maximum security military prisons. Marc served as a detective in various elite intelligence units where he dealt with organized crime, human trafficking, and crowd control policy and established and commanded a specialized police unit in the heart of Netanya, to combat terrorism.
With an unheard of statistic, Marc has personally responded to almost fifty terrorist attacks and events while physically being present at sixteen bombings, including one of Israel’s most tragic terror attacks at the Park Hotel, where he lost personal friends and physically carried out body parts of those massacred in the carnage of terror. Today, Marc’s in depth understanding of a terrorist’s psyche enables him to ensure that his strategies are forward thinking and his security protocols are both futuristic in nature as well as execution. He was the English speaking spokesman for Israel’s Police force to all International media during the Disengagement from Gaza in 2005. Marc is still a frequent commentator for the Jerusalem Post and has appeared on many major International television and radio networks, including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC and more.
Marc has received, over the years, many honors and achievements. Some of the award highlights came in the form of receiving the “Excellent Soldier” award from the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in 1991. He was twice the recipient of the excellent Detective award which is presented by the Israel Police Academy on completion of highly demanding courses in detective and intelligence work. In 2002, Marc was awarded the Israel Police Officer of the Year award for his work carried out in Netanya and his efforts in thwarting terror attacks on Israeli citizens. In 2002 he was honored by the Israeli Minister of Police, Uzi Landau and the Israeli National Police Chief Ahrohnishky for his dedication and innovational policing concepts, in successfully reducing the terror threat and cutting the crime rate in his jurisdiction by a massive 70%.
During the years following the tragic events of September 11 2001, Marc assisted in leading the training development programs created by the Israel Police Foreign Affairs Unit in cooperation with many United States law enforcement agencies including legal representatives and advisors of the United States House of Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), New York Police Department (NYPD), US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and many other police agencies.
The success of the security throughout the 2010 soccer world cup in South Africa is a prime example of Marc’s concept at work and its accomplishments in a virtually crime and terror free global event. His involvement in the Euro 2012 soccer championships to be held in Poland will provide added security dimensions to a demanding task.
Marc’s special interests are intelligence as well as diplomacy, foreign policy of Israel and its international relations campaign through the media.
Marc has spent over 20 Years conducting informal field research on the relations between the Palestinian Islamists, jihadists and Israel. He is the writer of many police protocols which have been transformed into policing policies and procedures.
In 2002 Marc was honored by the Israeli Minister of Police and the Israeli National Police Chief for his innovation, in not only reducing the terror threat, but cutting the crime rate in his jurisdiction by 70%.
After completing his duty in 2005 as the English speaking spokesman for the Israel Police during the disengagement from Gaza, Marc established a security consulting company in 2006 and has since advised, educated and trained many law enforcement agencies in the United States, including Connecticut State Police, Los Angeles Police Department School, Florida Sheriff’s Department, Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Miami Dade Police Department, New York Police Department, Representatives of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), United States Customs and Border Control, United States Department of State – (Bureau of Diplomatic Security) and many other local and county police departments.
Marc’s “Secure Zone Concept” that was initially created because of the wave of terror between the years 1999 and 2002 and then implemented into the City of Netanya, Israel in 2002 is now used successfully in the United States at various locations and Cities including but not limited to various Communities, Pembroke Pines Police Department, Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Waltham Police Department, The Manhattan Institute, Saw-Grass Mills Mall in South Florida and others.
As a leading expert on counter terrorism and strategic facility protection, he uses his vast experience, insight and survival instincts to impart knowledge, practical skills and information, in order to highlight vulnerabilities within agencies, organizations and strategic physical assets. His skills ensure that the audience level of awareness of security protocols and technologies is raised.
In line with the values that have shaped his career – integrity, collaboration and a relentless commitment to advancing a safer world –Marc dedicates his free time to teaching and volunteer service across a wide range of organizations, including speaking at various communities across the world.
Marc is the owner of MK International Security Consulting Ltd, “MK ISC” which is based in Israel but has representation in Boston, New York, Sydney and Croatia. Marc is the principal advisor and executive consultant to First Responders Protecting US LLC a United States non- profit organization. He Chairs the American Israel Counter Terror Officers Organization and is a consultant to many Israeli Homeland Security technology manufacturers. Marc serves as an acting member on a security council in a city of Israel and actively volunteers with the Israel Police.