Major Malcolm Zickler

Photo Major Malcolm Zickler is in the red sweater serving hot dogs at RAF Bentwaters 1981

Major Malcolm Zickler ordered Sgt James Penniston to report to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) for a meeting to tell his story to an AFOSI Special Agent and a US Air Force Major.

Malcolm Zickler was the commander who ran the investigation into The Rendlesham Forest Incident.
Malcolm's career accelerated after the incident, he went from SSgt to Chief in less than 8 years.

Malcolm has been the President of Woodbridge Security Engineering Group, Inc. (Hmmmm....His own company with the same name as the (RAF) Woodbridge airbase in the UK) he since its co-founding in February 1993. During that time he has supplied commercial and government interests with high quality security insight and consulting based on years of practical experience in the USAF security forces. Of particular note, Malcolm rewrote the Technical Order (TO) and developed the Plan of Instruction for Tactical Automated Sensor System (TASS), and as Deputy Training and Installation Manager, developed the Deployment Job Guide and Field Fault Isolation Job Guide. He established new procedures for installation and training, initiated and trained the contract trainers, then later supervised the contract trainers while they were training the initial military operators of the TASS in Southwest Asia. Before co-founding Woodbridge, Malcolm was Head of System Security Engineering and Chief of Operations Security at GE Aerospace, as well as Head of System Security Engineering for the Strategic Defense Initiative Program Office at GE Aerospace. One of his key tasks during this period was heading the OPSEC Planning (Camouflage, Concealment and Deception) effort for the USAF Special Forces Mission Rehearsal Facility during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. His work significantly altered the traffic flows for Special Forces attending training, providing military planners with additional, valuable time.

Before joining GE, Malcolm was Chief, Active Defense Branch (ground defense, intelligence, counterintelligence, ground based air defenses) at Eglin AFB. Three notable projects that he headed during his tenure were developing the original Concept of Operations for what ultimately became TASS, developing the Mobile Weapon system for ground to ground and ground to air protection for air bases and developing the war fighting concept to evaluate security forces against the projected enemy. The result of his work was the first demonstration/exercise that used actual air and ground attackers to attempt to render a European Air Base unusable. He went to extensive lengths to create a realistic scenario by cratering runways with explosives and cutting communications trunk lines. The exercise was a huge success and highlighted the need for ongoing realistic training and integrated base sensor systems.

From 1978 to 1982, Malcolm was back in Europe in command of the 81st SPS at RAF Bentwaters, the largest security police squadron in the USAF. Under his leadership, the 81st SPS passed all of their operational inspections, earning excellent on two, a seminal event that hadn't occurred for over 35 years. He also completed a course of study at the Air Command and Staff School. Between 1976 an 1978, he was in charge of security police inspections for USAFE, which included among other things, overseeing requirements and definitions for security systems for all types of Air Force installations, both conventional and nuclear. He oversaw the evaluation, installation and integration of extensive security systems; the certification of all new security systems for nuclear weapons protection as operationally ready; as well as the conduct of vulnerability assessments, complete security inspections and vulnerability analyses for all USAFE bases, and their day-to-day operation. He also was responsible for significant changes in law enforcement philosophy from "officer friendly" to "officer protector" and ensuring that minor physical plant deficiencies (broken windows, etc.) were corrected.

In September 1973, Malcolm took command of the 449th SPS after being the Operations Officer for only eight months. He remained in that post until 1976, completing his MA in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University in 1974. He was the Base Disaster Preparedness Officer at Kincheloe AFB between 1971 and 1973. From 1968 to 1971, Malcolm was the Commander.

Malcolm Zickler's Company: 

WSEG is a privately-held woman-owned small business that is headquartered in Niceville, FL. Their expertise is in security consulting, detection system design, deployment and training, and security software design and implementation.

Woodbridge Security Engineering Group, Inc


1817 John Sims Parkway East

Niceville, FL 32578-2335



Woodbridge Security Engineering Group Announces Participation in Air Force IBDSS Contract (WSEG will participate in the $498 million contract)

Woodbridge Security Engineering, Inc. (WSEG) ( today announced its participation on the ECSI (Electronic Control Security, Inc.) IBDSS (Integrated Base Defense Security System) Performance Team.

Niceville, FL (PRWEB) December 12, 2003

Woodbridge Security Engineering, Inc. (WSEG) ( today announced its participation on the ECSI (Electronic Control Security, Inc.) IBDSS (Integrated Base Defense Security System) Performance Team. WSEG will participate in the $498 million contract to upgrade security at over 130 government and U S Air Force installations worldwide.

In addition to being part of the ECSI team, WSEG will serve on the IBDSS Performance Team Executive Oversight Committee and the Quality Assurance Board, conduct security vulnerability and threat analyses, and provide training and structural engineering services where necessary.

Besides providing security expertise for IBDSS, WSEG will be introducing its newly created software system, ISAS, to conduct security analyses, integrate multiple complex systems, and track remediation progress during the course of IBDSS. This software, unlike any other in the industry, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of all the IBDSS contract components, and help ensure conformance with government performance and compliance requirements and regulations.

According to Malcolm Zickler, President of WSEG, “We are very pleased to team with ECSI, a company that has a long, positive history successfully working on military contracts. WSEG complements ECSI’s technical and management capabilities and organic field experience with our field expertise in integrated base defense, particularly as it relates to Air Force-specific security force protection requirements and high-value asset security. WSEG has also been actively seeking new partnerships to further enhance the ECSI IBDSS Performance Team’s capabilities.” Zickler continues by stating, “It should be noted that many of the techniques and technologies that we are deploying for the Air Force have direct application to other government facilities or large commercial interests worldwide.”

Arthur Birch, President of ECSI International continues, “We are very pleased that WSEG has chosen to join the ECSI IBDSS Performance Team. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them on the Tactical Automated Security System in the past and look forward to working with them again. They were extremely helpful during the IBDSS proposal preparation process, confirming our earlier experience.

We expect to have to a long and productive working relationship with them. Their new ISAS software places our IBDSS Performance team on the cutting edge of technology with a management tool which will not only add to our overall efficiency as contractors, but which will serve to simplify the technical burden on our military in the future.”

WSEG, Inc. is a privately-held, woman-owned small business that is headquartered in Niceville, FL. Their expertise is in security consulting, detection system design, deployment and training, and security software design and implementation. To learn more about WSEG, please visit the company’s web site at

ECSI is a publicly traded small business located in Clifton, NJ. Their expertise is in the design and implementation of high reliability intrusion detection equipment, including ground based sensors and remotely operated airborne vehicles. For additional information about ECSI, please visit their web site at


Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements set forth above involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any such statement, including the risks and uncertainties discussed in the company’s Safe Harbor Compliance Statement for Forward-Looking Statements included in the company’s recent filings, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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