Our mission is to improve the skills, tactics and mindset of anyone who seeks to protect themselves, loved ones or clients in life-threatening situations.

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The staff and instructors at Ohio Strategic Defense Academy located in central Ohio believe in the honest citizen’s right to firearms. We also believe it is the duty of all honest citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones from the predatory criminals that walk the streets of our communities.

An increased number of states are allowing honest citizens to carry a weapon concealed for protection. The courses we offer are designed to prepare the responsible, adult gun owner to handle their weapons in a safe and effective manner under all circumstances. We believe that for training to be of any benefit it must be interesting, stimulating, and realistic. We believe that in times of peril and duress, you will perform the way you train.

To this end, we will tell you that we are not always the biggest and fanciest, but offer you some of the most thorough training in firearms techniques that you can find in the central Ohio area.


Doug Dean

Doug Dean


Doug Dean

Doug is the President, Academy Commander and head instructor of the Ohio Strategic Defense Academy ltd.

He is an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) Certified Academy Commander and Basic Private Security Academy Instructor for the Academic, Firearms (revolver, semi-automatic handgun and shotgun), Subject Control Tactics, Impact Weapons and Individual Chemical Aerosol courses.

He is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor.

A Certified Instructor in The CAR System – Center Axis Relock Advanced Firearms Close Quarters Combat.

Doug is also a Certified TASER® Instructor.

He is a Close Protection/Personal Security Detail Instructor

Doug is an instructor for the OPOTC Basic Private Security Academy at Hocking College and Southern State Community College.

He is a multi-disciplined martial arts student and instructor with more than 40 years of experience.

Doug is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

Josh Dean

Josh Dean

Vice President/Treasurer

Josh Dean

Josh is the Vice President and Treasurer of Ohio Strategic Defense Academy ltd. He is also an instructor and range safety officer.

NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor

NRA Certified Personal Protection in the Home Instructor

NRA Certified Home Firearm Safety Instructor

Former US Army Infantryman.

Josh has trained in the implementation of many small arms, including:
Machine Guns
Fully Automatic Assault Weapons

Warren Levicoff

Academy Commander and Range Safety Officer

Warren Levicoff

Warren is an Academy Commander and Range Safety Officer for Ohio Strategic Defense Academy ltd.

He has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1981 & is currently licensed in New York, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has operated as an investigator, executive protection agent, security consultant, legal photographer, fugitive recovery agent & law enforcement firearms instructor. He has done freelance investigations for the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, Taskforce on Organized Crime & Racketeering, U.S. Postal Inspectors, London Metro Police (Scotland Yard), the Intelligence division of Mexico Customs, Korean Interpol & the Nationalist Political Party of Taiwan.

He is an NRA Certified Range Security Officer and he has been an NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor in pistol, revolver shotgun since 1989. Since then he has added instructor certs in sub machine-gun and tactical shooting. He was a firearms instructor & consultant to the Defense Ministry of the Philippines, chief handgun instructor for the Detective Division of the Palestine Authority Police Department, consultant to King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, of Saudi Arabia on Non-Lethal Weapons & a senior firearms instructor for 10 years in Philadelphia at a security firearms school. He taught investigation at Executive Security International (ESI) in Colorado and covert entry to police departments in Pennsylvania. Currently Chief RSO at Hideaway Hills Resort in the Hocking Hills.

Warren is a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

Serving the Columbus Ohio firearms training needs including:

Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Reynoldsburg, Worthington, Downtown, Westerville, Whitehall, Canal Winchester, Clintonville, Bexley, German Village, Grandview Heights, New Albany, Short North and Powell.


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3971 Hoover Road #235 Grove City, OH 43123

614.582.5472 Phone

614.675.2808 Fax



3971 Hoover Road #235 Grove City, OH 43123


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