About Blue-U

Since our founding in 2014, Blue-U Defense has become the nationally recognized leader in “reality-based” organizational safety and security- security that actually works on paper AND in reality. Our programs are built to provide effective, ongoing, and systematic training that contains all of the elements necessary to achieve true organizational and personal safety. When it comes to “true safety and security”, there are no equals to Blue-U Defense.

We have developed an extensive list of organizational partners to play significant roles in developing  a “culture of true safety and security”. We are not “assumed experts” because of our current, or former professions. We are trained, full time professionals with experience like none of our competitors. We understand business and how safety and security can impact things like liability, insurance, and culture.

Introducing Our Experts

The Most Experienced Team of Professionals Assembled for Your Benefit:

Terry L Choate Jr.

Co-Founder/CEO/President

Terry has all of the training and experience that is normally associated with the expertise and ability to consult on acts-of-violence and safety and security. He was a law enforcement officer and SWAT Team Commander for 15 years and has all of the associated training and experiences that come with this profession. What he tells people however it that training and experience in law enforcement and/or the military does not automatically equal qualification to successfully consult businesses and schools in violence prevention and survival. In fact, it can, and sometimes does, create for more danger than doing nothing at all.

He was also a Homeland Protection Professional; has high levels of executive protection education and training; stalking and dangerous human behavior; recognizing signs of violence and de-escalation; tactics; FBI Crisis Negotiator School; and on-and-on.

Of equal importance, he also has a 20-year executive -level corporate career behind him that he voluntarily ended prior to becoming a law enforcement professional.  As a result, he has etensive experience in business. Why is this critical? Because keeping schools and businesses safe is impacted by far more than just training people and tactics. The things that we do to keep people, businesses, and schools safe impact policy and procedure, exposure to liability, insurance and more.

Of greatest importance? This has been his life! It started when he was a young teenager when he became interested in criminals – how they become criminals, why they become criminals, how they choose victims, and most importantly – questioning the solutions that we are given every day, nationwide, to preventing and surviving incidents of violence and whether or not they actually work, or are little more than things that look great on paper but will not work if, and when, reality strikes. What he found? The majority of the things that we are presented as solutions are little more than things that look great on paper, but will not work when reality strikes. I set out to fix this; and made it my life’s work.

“For me, this is not a work assignment, it’s not a part-time “gig” or something I decided would be a hot topic to capitalize on. I don’t think about this when I’m at work and leave it there when I go home. I didn’t gain my “expertise” through a 2-Day Instructor Certification Course; and I don’t “re-present” other people’s presentations. This is my life – 24/7. I am always thinking about it; I don’t accept the generally accepted; and I don’t automatically accept “industry standard”. I question and test everything to ensure that what Blue-U Defense provides our clients is accurate and will provide our clients the best possible results.”

Joseph B Hileman

Joe Hileman is a Co-Founder and Training Specialist for Blue-U Defense. He served as the Assistant Team Commander of the Monadnock Regional Special Response (SWAT) Team and for 15 years as a Detective/Police Officer with the Jaffrey (NH) Police Department. Prior to his career in Law Enforcement, he served as Security Supervisor at the corporate management level of a Fortune 500 company.

Mr. Hileman holds two A.A. degrees in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Corrections, Probation, and Parole. His extensive tactical training includes:

  • SWAT 1 and 2 Certification, Tactical Officers and
    LEADS Consulting
    Active Shooter Instructor
    Threat Assessment Team/Management
  • SWAT Team Leader/Commander
  • Use of Force, Active Shooter Instructor
  • Narcotics – Covert Surveillance
  • OC Instructor
  • Taser Instructor
  • Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Coordinator
  • Field Training Officer
  • Sexual Assault Investigator specializing in the Child Forensic Interview
  • Suspicious Death/Homicide Investigations