Tactical Science

Conflict and Crisis are Full of Friction: The Force That Makes the Apparently Easy so Difficult

Friction in decision making s its often portrayed in conflict as a simple concept to understand. Viewing a video tape over and over and 20/20 hindsight, seem to have this impact on those watching media reports or nowadays, officer patrol car or body cameras.  But in practice, because of the countless factors that impinge on it, dealing with conflict becomes extremely difficult.

How Does The Last Hundred Yards, Enhance Tactical Responses to Crises?

The strategic and tactical mind takes into consideration all the key factors of a dynamic and competitive encounter. While we converge on the scene of a crises, we know from training we are supposed to set up tactically and make observations to get a feel for what's going on (orientation). Once we make a judgment about what we believe is going on we make decisions that help us gain the advantage before we take action. Hell we are taught the importance of tactical set ups and perimeter in the police academy.

The Last Hundred Yards: Operate On Blind Luck or Win Consistently?

"If you are lucky and trust in luck alone, even your successes reduce you to the defensive; if you are unlucky you are already there." ~Frederick the Great

Sizing Up Situations Is A Skill, We Need To Develop

"The importance of recognizing the underlying factors and influences in play cannot be overstated. Imagine, for example, the advantages of recognizing the significance of the element of surprise as a condition of success for the Branch Davidian raid or the futility of a surround and call-out at Columbine. Clearly, some understanding of the nature of what is occurring is of great advantage." ~Sid Heal

Why Tactical Decision Games? Because They Challenge The Status Quo & Emphasize Tactical Options In Developing Courses of Action.

In this video Don Vandergriff of Adaptive Leader discusses Adaptive Decision Games and developing adaptive thinking and leadership. Don's methods can help any organization build high performing teams and leaders - even the US Navy SEALs.

What Do OODA Loop’s Mean to the Street Cop, Wanting To Become “World Class” Tacticians?

Three officers respond at 3AM to the call of a disturbance. When they arrive, there are three people present, two males and a female. One male is intoxicated; I will only focus on him for the purpose of this example. Intoxicated male is spoken to by responding officers. They tell him to call it a night and to go to bed and sleep it off. He says he will and turns to go into the house. The officers continue gathering information for the incident report.

What Makes a "World Class" Tactically Proficient Peacekeeper?

I had a discussion on facebook that centered on the question; how can a law enforcement organization gain “world class” tactical proficiency? This posed an insightful question from my good friend Marshall Wallace, What is "world class"? Is there a definition or metric that would allow an officer to know that he/she was approaching that level? I thought to myself that, my friend is the question? What is “world class” and how do we measure it?

Handling Dynamic Encounters...Go Get Him, Or Set Him Up To Get Him...With An Adaptable Response

Some have described and compared police encounters as either static or, dynamic. It’s my view that there is no such thing as a static police encounter. All encounters whether they progressively evolve over a longer period of time or erupt rapidly in a short period of time, without warning, circumstances surrounding law enforcement encounters are all dynamic. Time is moving forward, circumstances changing and the ability of responders to adapt to the ongoing circumstances is always critical.

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