Tactical Science

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

Special Tactics Online Course Intro

Provides a general introduction and instructions for how to use the various features included in Special Tactics online digital courses available at www.specialtactics.global.

Avioding Hostilities is the Goal But Sometimes to Gain The Advantage Reasonable Force Must Be Used

"Undertake armed conflict when it creates an advantage. Seeking armed conflict for its own sake is dangerous." ~The Art of War 7:1.14-15

With all the talk of de-escalation these days in regards to policing, I thought I would write post that's asks the question, should you always avoid hostile confrontation?

  • You should not avoid confrontation if it creates an advantage (answer).
  • You should not avoid confrontation if it hurts the competition.
  • You should never avoid confrontation.

Smart Tactics Takes Thinking Police Leaders...Leading Thinking Cops

Chet Richards as another timely piece up on his Slightly East of New blog. The title of the piece is Smart Tactics in which he discusses how the United States Marine Corps took 15 years to evolve from attrition warfare and centralized control methods to maneuver warfare and decentralized control (Mission Command).

Wrestling With Delayed and Immediate Entry, Solo and Team Tactics...Are We Really Expecting All to Go as Rehersed?

I was out in the western part of Massachusetts teaching an in-service training class to a group of about 50 police officers. These cops are from small towns and often work their towns alone. No back-up immediately available! A conversation during class took place that sparked some debate on immediate versus delayed, solo versus team entry tactics and which is the best practice for dealing with ongoing threats such as, an active shooter, terrorist attack, or ambushes. Is immediate entry and a solo response always the way to go, or do 2, 3 and 4-man techniques still apply?

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