PTLA becomes SOC

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By Carol A. Clark

Signage, uniforms, vehicles and most everything else reflecting the familiar Protection Technology Los Alamos Inc. (PTLA) logo is changing to SOC, which according to a company spokesperson are simply initials.

"SOC is not an acronym - it's the name we're branding our government security division," said Maureen Omrod, director of public relations for PLTA's parent company Day & Zimmermann Inc., (D&Z). "It's a name used by the minority partner coming into this, SOC-SMG of Minden, Nev."

During an interview with Omrod from the D&Z offices in Philadelphia, she explained the merger affects more than just Los Alamos and is an effort by D&Z to repackage their government security and other government services capabilities.

D&Z is specifically recognized for providing "high-end security forces for sensitive environments" as stated on their website. The company provides armed and unarmed security guard forces for DOE, Los Alamos National Laboratory through PTLA, and to DOD installations including:

  • U.S. Army Newport Chemical Depot

  • Hawthorne Army Depot

  • Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant

  • Kansas Army Ammunition Plant

P&Z also works with 8(a) contractors to provide post-9/11 security for DOD installations.

According to the SOC-SMG website, their initials stand for Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group. They identify themselves as "a global leader in full-service security management, stating they have the human and technical resources, the international footprint, and the depth of know-how and experience necessary to support and achieve their clients' objectives in any corner of the world.

What differentiates SOC-SMG from other companies, according to their website, is their "unmatched ability to quickly assume ownership of the mission on day one." The company says they accomplish this by executing the various core-competencies of fixed site access control, industrial security, mobile worksite security, information sharing and processing for mission planning/execution, and high threat risk management to locations around the world.

Headquartered in Hawthorne, Nev., the SOC-SMG training center, High Desert Special Operations Center (HDSOC) is the largest, most comprehensive security training facility west of the Mississippi, according to the company. It comprises more than 4,000 acres of varying terrain, several multi-purpose pneumatic and flat ranges, special purpose training munitions, simulator systems, and state-of-the-art classrooms.

United States military, government agencies, first responders, executive protection and homeland defense personnel and law enforcement organizations are trained at the facility. Training also addresses topics as varying as Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan cultural awareness; surveillance/counter-surveillance; and mission planning.

Domestic security services are primarily managed from the company's subsidiary company, Security Management Group International (SMGI), located in Concord, Calif., which delivers domestic security through regional offices located throughout the country.

D&Z remains the majority owner of SOC, Omrod said, adding that the change is taking place now to be effective the first of the year.

When contacted, PTLA General Manager Ken Freeman indicated he was aware the change in a general sense and referred specific questions to P&Z.

"Ken will continue managing," Omrod said, adding, "No personnel are expected to change. This is almost just a repackaging effort."

From 1992 to the present, PTLA has provided physical security services to LANL under a subcontract most recently worth some $40 million for four years.