Of Garbage Cans and Paradox: Reflexively Reviewing Design, Mission Command, and the Gray Zone:

Just read this piece this morning by Grant Martin, Of Garbage Cans and Paradox: Reflexively Reviewing Design, Mission Command, and the Gray Zone. What a great analysis on how bureaucracies, work and how to overcome or better yet, how to use them in technical or linear problems and learn how to adapt problem solving methods in the gray zon

Podcast from Professional Military Education: John Boyd, Maneuver Warfare, and Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication-1

I listened to a great podcast over at the Professional Military Education site, John Boyd, Maneuver Warfare and MCDP-1 Warfighting which I feel will add great value for those wanting to understand Boyd's ideas, what maneuver actually is and how its used to gain position of advantage and get inside the mind of an adversary. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Police Responses Demands Constant and Repeated Action...Throughout the Tactical Encounter

I listened to a great podcast this morning on John Boyd and Maneuver Warfare which lead me to a great article by the guest Major Ian Brown titled Opening the Loop in which he explains the importance of being able to open up the OODA Loop when according with an adversary. This is a very important concept to understand and be able to apply in policing as well.

All Police Actions Take Place in an Atmosphere of Uncertainty

"Certainty, risk, and uncertainty. In everyday language, we make a distinction between “certainty” and “risk,” but the terms “risk” and “uncertainty” are mostly used as synonyms. They aren’t. In a world of known risks, everything, including the probabilities, is known for certain. Here, statistical thinking and logic are sufficient to make good decisions. In an uncertain world, not everything is known, and one cannot calculate the best option. Here, good rules of thumb and intuition are also required." ~Gerd Gigerenzer, Risk Savy

Leading Discussions and Facilitating Better Training Outcomes

This post contains information on how to guide a discussion and is taken and adapted from THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, Marine Corps University User's Guide to Marine Corps Values, which is a 452 page document (don't worry this post is no where near that long). It is packed full of good information, just try not to get too wrapped up in the linear outline. As I was reading this guide I realized it has some great information on leading discussions.

Police Leaders Mentoring and Coaching Their People: the Cornerstone to Top Performance in Crises

I have written about The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative to support their effort to “improve the ability of small unit leaders across the Marine Corps to improve their intuitive ability to assess, decide, and act while operating in a more decentralized manner.” Sounds very familiar to what policing has been talking about and looking for in our efforts to improve individual and team performance in handling crisis.

Research: Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise

A great research paper "Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise" with links to many other studies on developing adaptability. The paper covers a lot of ground I feel is of great value to policing who are tasked with dealing with complex societal problems, crime, crises, conflict and violence and require the essential skill of adaptability to effectively applying courses of action. Here is a General Audience Summary:

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