Superior Situational Awareness and Decision Making...Attributes And Skills of Full Spectrum Officers

“Conflicts are time Competitive Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action cycles! “~John Boyd

The essence of conflict as described in the Marine Corps Warfighting Manual is a struggle between two hostile, independent, and irreconcilable wills, trying to impose itself on the other. Conflict is fundamentally an interactive social process.

Conflict is thus a process of continuous mutual adaptation, of give and take, move and counter move. It is critical to keep in mind that the adversary is not an inanimate object to be acted upon but an independent and animate force with its own objectives and plans.

While we try to impose our will on the adversary, he resists us and seeks to impose his own will on us. Appreciating this dynamic interplay between opposing human wills is essential to understanding the fundamental nature of conflict.

John Boyd provided us with a methodology known as the Boyd Cycle. A decision making cycle or a cycle of continuous learning through observation, orientation decision and actions. The Boyd Cycle when conditioned to an effective level gives us  superior situational awareness and hence the ability to manage problems using our insight, imagination, innovation and initiative.

Here is a simple break down of the Cycle. read it and then condition it.

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Observation

  • Sensing yourself and the world around you

“Ones whole body must act as his eyes and ears.”

  • Visual
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Touch
  • Taste
  • The Sixth Sense
    • Intuition
    • Subconscious mind

“It springs from ones instinctive comparison of subtle sensory input with deeply buried memories.” ~John Poole, the Tigers Way

Working Knowledge! EXPERIENCE! and LESSONS LEARNED FROM EVERY EXPERIENCE!!

Orientation (???What’s Happening???)

  • Is the complex set of filters of genetic heritage, cultural predisposition, personal experience, and knowledge?
  • Mental image or snapshot of the situation.
    • WE MUST  OBSERVE AND ABSORB …WHAT WE SEE! MUST TELL US SOMETHING!

Decision

  • The review of alternative courses of action and the selection of preferred course as a hypothesis to be tested
  • Takes into account all the factors present at the time of orientation
  • Frontline decision making is crucial here, If we are to gain the advantage.

Action

  • The testing of the decision selected by implementation.
  • You do it!

Decisions without actions are pointless.” Actions without decisions are reckless. ~John Boyd

Stay Oriented!

Fred

Law Enforcement and Security Consulting offers Workshops to develop these skills further. All in a n effort to make Full Spectrum Police Officers. For information go to www.lesc.Net or email Fred@lesc.Net directly. You can also call me at 508-298-2023