About Jon

Jon Becker has spent the last four decades working to protect law enforcement and military operators. He is the founder and CEO of AARDVARK Tactical, a leading provider of tactical equipment and custom solutions, and PROJECT7, an armor manufacturer that provides purpose-built, scalable, and integrated tactical armor built to suit their operators’ unique mission needs. He also founded a real estate holding company and is a licensed attorney in California.

Since founding AARDVARK at just seventeen, Jon Becker has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s top law enforcement and military units. This has provided him with opportunities to witness some of the most effective tactical leaders as they manage their teams and coordinate successful operations. As a business owner and industry leader himself, Jon Becker looks for opportunities to gain leadership lessons and insights in any situation. His desire to continue improving as a leader motivates him to share the lessons he has learned with others in the hopes of making us all better leaders, better thinkers, and better people.

His experiences working with effective tactical and military leaders prompted Jon Becker to launch The Debrief podcast. In each episode, he sits down with top military and law enforcement leaders to discuss leadership, training, and mission debriefs. Following the success of The Debrief, he launched Battle Proven Leadership. This short-form podcast complements The Debrief by sharing lessons from leaders across multiple arenas and providing listeners with actionable insights to improve their leadership skills.

The Debrief Podcast

The Debrief with Jon Becker is the no-holds-barred conversational podcast on the leadership principles of some of the most elite tactical units in the world. This podcast shares stories from military and law enforcement leaders and examines how to form and lead a highly effective team. His goal for the show is that it will make us all better leaders, thinkers, and people.

Battle Proven Leadership

Battle Proven Leadership (BPL) is a short-form podcast series from The Debrief. The series is rooted in Jon Becker’s recognition of the lessons he’s learned from leaders and mentors in his own life, and his desire to share those leadership lessons with a broader audience. The goal of the show is to provide listeners with actionable insights to improve their leadership skills.


Since its foundation in 1987, AARDVARK Tactical has grown into a top provider of less-lethal tactical equipment for leading defense and law enforcement agencies both in the U.S. and abroad. Under Jon Becker’s leadership, AARDVARK continues to develop innovative products that enhance operator safety and mission effectiveness.


PROJECT7 (P7) is the culmination of years of research and development geared toward producing the ultimate integrated tactical armor systems. Jon Becker founded P7 after working with tactical teams through AARDVARK and recognizing the need for better armor solutions. Today, P7 has grown to offer a range of platforms, helmets, and ballistic shields to keep operators safe in the field.

“As a leader, your job is to develop the people who work for you so they can access their fullest potential.“ - Jon B. Becker

Recent Appearances

Listen to Jon Becker’s recent guest appearances on some of today’s top-ranked podcasts for insights into leadership, technology, and law enforcement trends.
5 months ago

Learn Leadership Lessons from Elite Tactical Teams

In this episode of Leadership Lab With Patrick Leddin, Jon Becker talks to Patrick about insights from Jon’s remarkable 38-year journey with…
1 year ago

Why Leadership is Failing in Law Enforcement

In this episode of The Shots Fired Podcast, Jon Becker talks to hosts Kyle Shoberg and Mark Redlich about starting AARDVARK Tactical,…
1 year ago

Stop Feeding the Negative

Jon Becker sat down with The Street Cop podcast host Dennis Benigno to discuss media narratives and how one bad cop can…
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Featured Video

Culture-centric leadership is about uniting a team around shared goals in an environment that fosters open communication and feedback. Recently, Jon Becker had the opportunity to teach a class for the NTOA on culture-centric leadership. Check out this video to hear his insights into the topic and learn why a strong culture is the key driving force behind successful teams.


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