LMS Defense Relocates to Twin Falls, Idaho
LMS Defense, Inc. — a full service defensive training firm specializing in counterterrorism training to the United States military, law enforcement, corporations and security professionals — announced today that they will relocate their corporate headquarters to the City of Twin Falls in southern Idaho.
The announcement was made at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
LMS also discussed plans for a comprehensive counterterrorism training/education center to be located in Twin Falls County to provide critical response and tactical training to civilian forces throughout the Northwest. The site will also include a R&D testing facility for products and systems used in field operations for military and civilian security forces.
“Relocating our corporate headquarters to Twin Falls will allow us to grow the business in a more business-friendly environment with plans to expand counterterrorism training, defense, and R&D testing for law enforcement officers in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Montana,” said John Chapman, founder and CEO of LMS Defense. “Southern Idaho is an ideal location to support our efforts throughout the Northwest to train law enforcement on unique tactics and skills that must be applied in handling domestic terrorism events,” he said.
“LMS’ future training facility will provide vital collaborative instruction to Idaho’s law enforcement community as well as throughout the northwest region,” said Brigadier General Bill Shawver, director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. “A regional approach to enhancing the preparation of law enforcement officers for potential terrorist incidents will be critical to effectively managing high consequence situations,” he said.
The company hopes to collaborate with Idaho National Lab (INL), the Bureau of Homeland Security, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Department and the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) as well as other businesses/organizations to help “fast track” needed training and support for field operations.
LMS’s future center will also be utilized as an extensive R&D facility to test and determine value of new products and systems prior to field operations
“Our mission at INL includes National and Homeland Security technology development. To have an alternative location in Idaho to test and evaluate small arms-related technologies appears to be an excellent expansion opportunity,” said Stephanie Cook, of INL’s Technology Deployment Department. “Having a unique testing capability in our own back yard may prove to be a tremendous asset to the region, state of Idaho and INL.”
“We are thrilled to welcome LMS Defense as the newest member of Idaho’s corporate community,” said Jeffery Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce. “The movement of LMS Defense’s corporate headquarters to Twin Falls is a tremendous opportunity for the state to partner with the local economic development leaders to create a cluster of companies in the area that have an interest in military and law enforcement training, or firearm related industries. We look forward to working with the Magic Valley in the future to support the growth and development of this sector in our economy.”
LMS Defense, established in 2006, provides world class defensive skills training, consulting, defense related research and development, systems integration, and specialized education to the United States military, law enforcement, US citizens, corporations, friendly foreign military and police organizations, and security professionals.
LMS operates a large training facility near Reno, NV in addition to deploying mobile training teams throughout the world.