David Burnell is the Inspiration for your Event!



David is a military veteran and successful businessman. He has created successful multi-million dollar enterprises from the ground up. 

After the 9/11 attacks he founded the Urban Warfare Center and the Combat Stress Program. Thousands of soldiers, federal agents and police were trained to win the fight through his stress inoculation training. According to senior military and law enforcement leadership these programs saved lives and reduced casualty rates. 

David is the creator of the Defensive Tactics self-defense system which has been featured internationally and can be found commercially on DVD.

Some of David's recent missions include Burma with the Karen Army, Thailand, Nicaragua with the RAMA Indians, Costa Rica, Japan Tsunami Recovery Operations, and Alabama Tornado Relief Operations.

In 2010 David was selected as the chief of security for the Utah Hospital Task Force for post Earthquake Haiti. His duties included protection of the Task Force Commander, a former advisor to President Reagan, as well as ensuring the protection of 120 doctors, nurses and translators. This event was the largest natural disaster in modern recorded history.

He is a published author and continues to serve and express his experiences in a series of short stories with the preamble “Danger Calls”.


  • Business Owner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Professional Speaker
  • Dive Rescue International Public Safety SCUBA Instructor (PSSI)
  • Humanitarian missions
  • Military veteran - 10 years United States Air Force
  • Counter Terrorism Specialist
  • Search and Rescue Veteran & Instructor
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Competitive Kickboxing
  • Certified Body Guard - high risk areas
  • Small Arms Expert
  • National Rifle Association Pistol and Shotgun Instructor
  • Producer and Director -  16 commercial films
  • Tecnical Advisor - Movies and TV shows


  • John Levitow Award - Air Force Leadership School 
  • Outstanding Airmen of the Year - 12th Air Force
  • Partner - IKON Office Solutions
  • National Taekwondo Champion - AKTA
  • Class Leadership Award - Public Safety SCUBA Instructor (PSSI) School
  • Most Unconventional Thinker - Hostage Rescue School, England
  • Airman of the Year - Bergstrom AFB, Texas
  • Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year - RAF Sculthorpe, England
  • Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year - RAF Lakenheath, England
  • Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year - Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
  • On My Honor Award - Boy Scouts of America
  • Duty to God Award - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Family of the Year - United States Air Force 
  • Honorable Discharge United States Air Force
  • Distinguished Graduate - Defensive Handgun - Frontsight
  • Distinguished Graduate - Defensive Shotgun - Frontsight
  • Distinguished Graduate - UZI - Frontsight


what others are saying about David

"David has inspired me to be a better person, and to be more grateful and loving in my life. He is an inspiring speaker and a true role model." ★★★★★

"His words inspired me not to limit myself, whether physically or mentally.... He is strong and fierce, but rational and considerate." ★★★★★

"With his mindset, I believe nearly anything can be accomplished. I am very grateful for my chance to hear from David, thanks so much!" ★★★★★

"It has been four days since David came to talk to us, and not a second goes by that I don’t think about the things he had to say. I admire David for being as strong as he is." ★★★★★

"What really inspired me most about David is when he talked about getting shot, and how he had to focus on what he could do instead of what he could not do." ★★★★★

"The thing that impacted me the most was when David was talking about his rescue dive mission where he would not let go of the dead man. He could have died retrieving the body... I found it surprising that he put this man’s body before his own life." ★★★★★