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The Spear and Shield is an awareness system developed by Praetorian Ventures that focuses on offensive & defensive principles and products for those that are security minded. Our system is based upon time honored security principles that date back to 500 BC. In ancient Greece a tactic was developed that became one of the most formidable fighting formations to be used in combat, it was known as the Phalanx. The Phalanx utilized the weapon skill of the Hoplite (Greek citizen soldiers). The Hoplite would from a wall with thier shields to push back the enemy, and then when vulnerable they would thrust their spears towards the oncoming attackers. This strategy allowed the Greeks to fight with less men and suffer less casualties. This tactic was adopted by the Romans and can still be seen in modern firefight tactics used by todays military.

What do we learn from the Phalanx?

The Phalanx teaches us that in order to have a strong offensive security plan, we must first address the core issues of our defense. Security involves alignment of the following factors:

  • Physical Barriers
  • Electronic Measures
  • Personnel 

Without proper implementation of all three of these aspects, the Phalanx for your business or home will fail. With nearly two decades of security design, facilitation and implementation Praetorian Ventures can customize a solution that will ensure you are prepared for whatever adversity is brought upon you. 

Mathew Jenkins

Founder, Praetorian Ventures, LLC

Husband, Father of Five, Coast Guard Veteran, Outdoorsman, Security Expert and Marksman, Mathew Jenkins has drawn his profesional and personal experience to make Praetorian what it is today. From an early age Mathew was drawn to adventure. Whether it was body surfing in Hawaii, backcountry snowboarding, riding rodeo or backpacking through the Sierras the wild called to him. 

Given his propensity for adventure it came as no surprise to his family that at the age of 17 a young Mathew Jenkins left his small country home in the foothills near Yosemite California to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. This huge decision as a teenager would set the stage for an incredible career and journey.

The Coast Guard was everything Mathew had wished it would be, he received Honor Graduate in his company at Training Center Cape May and was assigned to the US Coast Guard Presidential Honor Guard in Washington DC.  While at our Nations Capitol Mat worked with the US Secret Service at The White House, Pentagon and other Federal facilities. From D.C. he transferred to Station San Francisco where his expertise was Port Security, Search and Rescue, and Law Enforcement.

        After an honorable discharge Mathew has spent the last two decades designing electronic and physical security systems. He has had the honor of consulting some of the most powerful corporations, agencies and governments on the planet. Mathew has also worked as a technical consultant and safety coordinator for Discovery Channel, National Geographic and the BBC. Some of his skill set includes Leadership and Sales Guidance, Emergency Preparation, Wilderness First Responder & Survival Education, Security and Risk Assesments, tactical and self defense methods and procedures as well as ministerial services.


In addition to Phalanx strategy, The Spear and Shield is derived from the Japanese concept of Bushido. Bushido in English translates as the way of the warrior. It teaches that a student of a master inherits the training of that master and the hundreds of genrations of the masters that came before him. In his book Bushido Inazo Nitobe said

"A truly brave man is ever serene; he is never taken by surprise; nothing ruffles the equanimity of his spirit. In the heat of battle he remains cool; in the midst of catastrophes he keeps level his mind."
Bushido in its purest form offers one that is willing to educate themselves the ability to become invincible. Bushido is one of the key driving concepts behind The Spear and Shield in that proper planning, implementation and training can make an organization or individuals prepared for any security risk that comes there way. The way to thwart potential liabilites may be by surveillance measures, security drones, tasers, rapid response teams, K-9 assets and any measure necessary to ensure the success of your mission. 

Traditional solutions lack creativity and efficiency, leading edge technologies not only offer you innovative designs, but ensure that you are one step ahead of those that intend harm. Every customer is unique and has a different security need or requirement, the Spear and Shield system covers all security aspects that a facilty or home needs to address. At Praetoran Ventures we have a team of technology and security experts that make up our Bushido.