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Special Tactics Solutions, Inc. (STS) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in northern California. STS, Inc. is an Information Technology (IT) and Consulting Firm actively engaged in IT Systems & Network Engineering, Program Management, UI/UX Testing & Validation, Custom Software Design and Agile Development of Web/Mobile Applications & Database engineering.

Our Origin Story:

When Shaun Rice first incorporated Special Tactics Solutions, Inc. in 2011, the company was solely based on the idea of creating advanced training services for Special Tactics Combat Controllers. Little did Shaun know that his company would grow into a multi-million-dollar Software Development and IT Services contractor for the United States Government, creating the long-awaited revamped Talon Point database for Assault Zone Surveys. As the company grew, the word got out that STS, Inc. was one of the best and one of the most professional training centers for Special Operations and Special Mission Units across the globe. Organizations in every branch of the U.S. military and throughout the world started to contact him; booking year-round training sessions that expanded beyond simple classroom training, and started to include Scenario Driven, and Full Mission Profile events, all organized and accommodated from the amazing Northern California Headquarters location.

In 2015, Shaun and his growing team of Subject Matter Experts and team members, committed to the idea of providing a backbone support mechanism to all Special Mission Units and Organizations across the globe, through their introduction of their “Professionalizing the Force™” curriculum, and proven real-world Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) standardization process. Because the STS team likes to make any training session a complete and fun, as well as immersive effort, the guys often put together unique plaques, t-shirts, pints glasses, etc., and other mementos for those who participated in a Professionalizing the Force™ training session, as a token of their appreciation of the students and the “hell that we put them through”.  We think that the satisfaction of knowing that you’re able to pass on knowledge to a new generation of warriors, is just a fantastic experience for us the instructors, and letting those who will carry on that mission, know that you care about them and their success is a part of the foundation of our core values; we think it adds that “extra something.”

* STS Inc. is a sole source vendor for GSI Surveyor and Digital Collection Systems (DCS) software and three levels of specialized training courses.

We’re making GIS surveys easier than ever.

Surveys shouldn’t be hard to accomplish or difficult to manage, that’s why we’re revolutionizing the software.

With experienced staff that are experts in their fields, we’re confident you’ll want to use our products.


Remote Work

All or most of our contractors and employees work remotely from home, and come into the office when needed.


Fine-Tuned Staff

Our team is highly experienced in different skills; from UI to CCT, to photography, our team is diverse and experienced.


All Boxes: Checked

From groundwork to the most advanced skills, our team knows what the they’re doing, and will get you on the right track.

“I love seeing what you are doing… It’s a great niche. No one else can teach it and you have deep experience. The SOF community will soon recognize what you are doing.” – Michael

A Team of Experts Behind the Wheel

“Real world experience based scenarios developed to train our students in what they may encounter while working in this type of environment. San Francisco makes for the perfect backdrop and setting for our students to develop the necessary skills in order to be successful with this mission set. Not only will you learn something, but it is also fun!” – Rob Somer

Shaun Rice

President & Founder

Chris Gaona

Lead Software Engineer

JR Somer

Training & Product  Development

Benjamin Barnett

AFSOC Talon Point Manager/Admin

Robb Patterson

Operations Manager

Clark Brinkley

Media & Growth Manager

Chris Fellure

Program Manager

Daniel Escobedo

Full Stack Developer

Mark Richards

Managing Director

Doug Headshot

Doug Roberts

Full Stack Developer

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2301 Armstrong St #207, Livermore, CA 94551

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