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Warriors vs. Praetorian Guard – Which Mindset Fits You Best? By Mike Ox

It’s been said, and I agree, that we are in the early stages of a renaissance of the warrior mindset.

This is due in part to the fact that we’re 14 years into the Global War on Terror, part due to movies, TV, and novels, and part because of the fact that computers and the internet have paved the way for the collection and analysis of large amounts of post-incident data that used to be impossible.

The refinements in training, tactics, and techniques have created an unprecedented number of warrior minds which has resulted in countless lives saved in battle.

ITOA News: Articles By John Farnam, Patrick Van Horne, Jeff Chudwin, Don Vandergriff, Yours Truly and More

This edition of the ITOA News has some very important articles.

  • Henk Iverson: has a great piece on John S. Farnam titled Master Trainer
  • John Farnam himself has a piece titled The Alamo!
  • Eric Perkins—Director ITOA: Field Training Exercise (FTX)—Illinois State Police District 5 Headquarters—Night Shoot
  • Fred Leland: OODA Loop’s, Street Cop’s and the Strategic Game of Interaction

Shaping and Adapting: Unlocking the Power of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop by Major Paul Tremblay Jr

Major PJ Tremblay just gave permission to share his brilliant paper called "Shaping and Adapting - Unlocking the Power of Colonel John Boyd's OODA Loop.pdf" with police and those who visit our website. This paper explains the actual complex nature of the Boyd Cycle verses its often oversimplified and misunderstood OODA Loop.

Be Passionate, Back Up and Empower Your People, and You Will Get The Culture Right

I stumbled upon an article that was written last year with some insights from General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis on the 4 Lessons Every Business Leader Can Learn From Legendary Marine General I think every leader including those in policing can learn from. We police all too often complain about our bad cultures, the lack of motivation and the unwillingness of our men and woman to take responsibility.

Workplace Development Programs: Training? or Education? by Louis Hayes

The more I study and learn how humans complete tasks, solve problems, and seize opportunities, the more convinced I become we need to change the design of our human development programs – by accounting for the differences between training and education.

On Being a Guardian, a Watchman, The Police by Lawrence Lujan

I have been living this calling some 24 years now, and every day, I am proud to be a part of this profession. I have been spit on, shot at, punched, kicked, scratched and stabbed at. I have been threatened, had the lives of my family threatened and have felt the fear of being solo and jumped by a family of three; of being attacked by someone larger, heavier and intent on doing me harm.

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