LESC Article Published in Homeland Security Report 188 Recogizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger

Anthony "Tony" Davis Author of the Book Terrorism and The Maritime Transportation System as well as publisher of the Homeland Security Report has published the LESC article; Recognizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger Part 1 in HSR 188. Part 2 of the series will be published next month. Click the link bellow for the article along with other great information from the HSR.

UMASS Memorial Hospital and UMASS Police Department Worcester MA: Complete Handling Dynamic Encounters Workshop

LESC completed a evolution of workshops with the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and University Police Departments.

United States Military Academy West Point Raising the Bar

I had a unique opportunity to participate in the Deciding Under Pressure...and Fast workshop as an invited guest of  Don Vandergriff U.S. Army, Ret; along with the training staff of the United States Military Academy, West Point. The class consisted of 15 officers, of the training cadre whose job it will be to teach new cadets the critical tasks of decision making and leadership. Decisions that will need to be made in the heat of the moment under the stress of combat.

Re-Visiting Boyd: Applying OODA and Maneuver Concepts by Douglas Anderson Beloit, WI Police Department

Re-visiting Boyd: Applying OODA and Maneuver Concepts

Part 2: Critical Decision Making Under Pressure: Explicit verses Implicit Information: Its Role in the Process

In part one of this series we discussed the Recognition-Primed Decision Making, the Boyd Cycle and the importance of training in the development of the decision making process. In this second part I want to answer some questions. What is implicit and explicit information? How we make decisions based on one or the other, or a combination of both types of information we receive? I also want to answer the question how does our lack of understanding of conflict and decision making affect our decisions in the real world while under pressure?

From Swift To Swiss Tactical Decision Games and Their Place in Military Education and Performance Inprovement

Don Vandergriff MAJ Ret U.S. Army is an expert on leadership, decision making and creating and nurturing adaptation in organizations. This is a copy of his great article From Swift to Swiss Tactical decision Games and Their Place in Military Education and Performance Improvement. The is an outstanding resource of the "how too" of implementing these exercises to, develop outstanding decision makers in the field.  Low cost, high yield methods to enhance the decision making capabilities of individual front line personnel and leadership.

Leading Into the Unknown by John Baldoni

John Baldoni has posted Leading into the Unknown on the Harvard Business Publishing Blog, Discussion Leaders. The articles discusses the work of Don Vandergriff and his training of Army leadership and his Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM) and how it is applicable to decision making under pressure. A necessary ability in our profession. Read this great post by John Baldoni here on the LESC Blog or at

Don Vandergriff U.S.

Critical Decisions Under Pressure: Part 1

Decisions in rapidly changing dangerous circumstances are made at times, without thought. I have heard and even uttered the words myself, "I didn't think about it." I just acted." We just did what had to be done."

Can that be true?

In Praise of Mavericks: A true professional will strive to do something, not be someone By COL Mike Wyly

Outstanding Essay by Col Mike Wyly! He wrote this in response to Defense Secretary Robert Gates speech to Air Force Officers. 

To me it speeks of the importance of going against the grain and making "constructive waves" in an effort to learn, adapt and evolve as individuals and develop a fine tuned organization. Mavericks, professionalism and "Getting THINGS done" through inspiration and taking risks for the betterment of all.

LESC Trains Security Officers: Three WeekFoundation, Concluded With a Firearms Program

In the words of the late COL John Boyd; conflict has three realms, the moral, mental and the physical. LESC has spent the last three weeks preparing new security officers to go out and perform their duties with the mindset of preventing and resolving conflict without escalation, "Without Fighting" if at all possible. The Boyd Cycle, proper observation, orientation decision and action cycles was the key component taught and applies to the strategic, tactical, operational and political (Leadership) levels of practicing security.

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