Our mission is to drive fundamental change in the firearms and tactical training industry.

“For the last five decades, first in the military, then in LE, and now in the CCW environment I feel like “training” has been mostly just familiarization. If we were lucky there was a walk-through exercise. So little of the realities were truly understood. There were a few exceptions but not many. I was lucky and survived. I know several who did not. As I study more writing like yours I am beginning to understand the problem…”

{ William Hayes​ }

Axiom Defensive Training, Pennsylvania

Dustin Salomon, CPP – Founder

Dustin is a former naval officer and close protection operative who specializes in the application of brain science to tactical training development. He is the author of seven books on the application of neuroscience and psychology research to firearms training: Building Shooters, Mentoring Shooters, On Training, Volume 1, On Training, Volume 2, Becoming Shooters, NURO, and Hitting in Combat, and is the primary inventor of the NURO® Shooting System (Patent Pending).

Between the military and the private sector, he has conducted 20 overseas deployments and was a founding member and the Director of Training for Sealed Mindset (now Defensive Mindset Training). Dustin is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor in multiple disciplines and designed the weapons training programs at multiple military commands while on active duty. His books are on many industry reading lists and several are also in use as curriculum guides and instructor texts by numerous local, State, and Federal agencies including South Dakota DCJS, New York DCJS, Washington State DCJS, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 2022 Dustin helped New York State’s DCJS re-write its state-wide police recruit firearms curriculum from the ground up and is currently engaged with numerous law enforcement agencies and other organizations as a consultant in the field of firearms training design. Dustin has spoken on the application of brain science to tactical training design at the FBI Firearms Instructor Conference, the Georgia Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor’s Conference, the DEA Firearms Instructor School, the New York DCJS Firearms Instructor Workshop, the annual New York Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Symposium, and the annual Force Science Institute Conference.

He has a Bachelor’s of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Security Management, and is an ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP). 

Richard Salomon, PMP – Principal

Rick is a retired FBI Agent with 26 years of service who specializes in investigations, crime prevention, and program management. Rick’s professional background is in contract negotiations, white collar crime investigations and counterterrorism finance operations. He is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor and use of force analyst, was a FBI SWAT team member for 16 years, holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in USA Goju, and was a principal FBI defensive tactics instructor for over 15 years. Rick also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kenyon College, a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University, a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional.

Jonathan Marvell, CDR, USN (ret.) – President of Products and Technology

Jon is a retired naval special operations officer. He led one of the first navy EOD detachments into Iraq, was Operations Officer for the navy’s Riverine Command, and served as an EOD direct support OIC and the EOD direct support Squadron Commanding Officer for naval special warfare. He subsequently served as the naval expeditionary warfare requirements branch head and then retired as the naval special operations mission requirements analyst.  Jon began his career as a nuclear Electronics Technician, graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Systems Engineering, has a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership, and is a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. Jon is also an accomplished competitive shooter. He was Captain of the Naval Academy Combat Pistol Team, OIC of the Navy Marksmanship Team, and is a Triple Distinguished Marksman.

William Koella – Director of Infrastructure and Compliance

Will is a senior technology strategist who brings a broad base of knowledge and experience to our team. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Information Warfare officer who has previously served as both Chief Strategist for high performance computing and Strategic Computing Coordinator for the Department of Defense.  Will was also Captain of the USNA Trap & Skeet Team.

Joshua Mueller – Lead Technologist for Software Development

Josh brings a wealth of capability to our Products and Technology team with impressive expertise in both hardware design and software development. He is experienced at embedded software and hardware integration, with previous work experience that includes working as the Lead software engineer for a secondary surveillance radar system with CTSi and as a Lead Technologist and software engineer with Booz Allen. Josh received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from LeTourneau University and has begun working towards a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence.