Sun Tzu the Art of War

Sun Tzu for 21st century cops Lt. Dan Marcou

Great article by LT Dan Marcou on Sun Tzu applied to WHAT WE DO!!! Great points…Take a look!


“When it is time to strike, strike like thunderbolts from the nine-layered heavens.” That is what Sun Tzu said more than 2,500 years ago. Except for the literary flare, the meaning is the same as something all police officers have heard said by their defensive tactics instructor: “Never spar with your opponent.”

Where Planning Is Needed By Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

The success of good planning is limited by you or your organization's span of control. The most valuable strategic planning takes place within the organization or among organizations that agree to work together, not on the competitive frontiers. The power of planning is in organization, operations, production not in dealing with competition. Planning is based on linear thinking. Its success is typified by the building of the railroads,  the assembly line, and landing on the moon.

Misconceptions about Sun Tzu and Good Strategy by Gary Gagliardi

This article about the current financial crisis brilliant summarizes the skepticism about Sun Tzu in this quote from Lorelei Gilmore, a fictional character on the long-running “Gilmore Girls” sitcom:

“It’s a classic Sun Tzu ‘Art of War’ maneuver. If you’re being attacked from the east, attack whoever’s to your west, and you were the west. I never read the book. It’s full of crap like that.”

Sun Tzu Series Part 8: Interpersonal Communication: Doing What We Know How To Do, the Tactical Realm of Conflict

Know yourself and know your enemy. You will be safe in every battle. You may know yourself but not know the enemy. You will then lose one battle for every one you win. You may not know yourself or the enemy. You will then lose every battle. ~Sun Tzu

When Sun-Tzu met Clausewitz: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and the invasion of Iraq by Dan Ford

A great article by Dan Ford on COL John Boyd’s OODA Loop which will help those new to Boyd theories in understanding the methodology of decision making via the Boyd Cycle at a much deeper level than just a simple cycle of OBSERVATION-ORIENTATION-DECISION & ACTION. When Sun-tzu met Clausewitz: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and the invasion of Iraq

Strategy for a Networked World by Gary Gagliardi of the Science of Strategy Institute

An understanding of the strategic decision making grows more important everywhere every day both for individuals and at every level of every organization. Globalization and the communication revolution are reshaping how we work and how we relate to one another. Our world is emerging the industrial age into the information age world. The industrial world was defined by hierarchical organizations and preplanned processes. The networked world is defined by interconnected organizations and adaptive processes.

Sun Tzu's Series Part 7 Methods: Create Unity and Gain the Advantage with Tactical Communication

DARKNESS TO LIGHT “Plan an advantage by listening. Adjust to the situation. Get assistance from the outside. Influence events.

What the Hell Does Sun Tzu and Col John Boyd Got to do With IT?


I am often asked by those in the law enforcement and security  professions; Freddie what the hell does Sun Tzu’s theories such as;

Sun Tzu's Series Part 6: Methods: Both Art...and Science


EVOLUTION ART AND SCIENCE Some may see how to win. However, they cannot position their forces where they must.

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