Attributes and Attitude

Tactical IQ: Interaction, Insight and Imagination, and Initiative...The Building Blocks of Police Operational Art

“The essence of winning and losing is in learning how to shape or influence events so that we not only magnify our spirit and strength but also influence potential adversaries as well as the uncommitted so that they are drawn toward our philosophy and are empathetic towards our success.” ~Col. John Boyd

Strategy, Policies and Procedures, Or Human Frailties...Where does Failure in Security Manifest?

Adam Elkus has a great article up on Open Security that hits on some very important points when it comes to implementing security related strategies. His focus is on foreign affairs but the lessons he speaks of, factor into all human affairs, conflict and violence and in our efforts to implement security strategy’s .

Coffee and Conversation: Is "Officer Friendly" a Factor to Consider in Engagements with Our Adversary?

“Citizens of the community, administrators, and heads of law enforcement agencies desire to interact with friendly officers. While a friendly image does much to promote a positive image for the officer and the department, overly friendly behavior at an inappropriate time may cause some offenders to view this as a sign of vulnerability.” ~Violent Encounters, A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our nations Law Enforcement Officers, Federal Bureau of Investigation

"Helping Yourself" People are the First Line of Defense in Preventing Violence

Thanks to John Robb at Global Guerrilla's for pointing out Amada Ripley’s great article in Time Magazine that speaks of the efforts made by the passengers on board flight 253 Christmas day and that people are not helpless in these types of situations.  In the aftermath these heroes were treated like suspects the article also points ou

Coffee and Conversation: Police Make Mistakes But Seldom Admit Them! What's Reasonable?

This article “Police make mistakes but seldom admit them” is focused on a couple of use of force cases out of Connecticut and is interesting in a couple of ways. First the title is true we in law enforcement do make mistakes and we do not like to admit our mistakes.

"Self Awareness" The Forgotten Attribute of Decision Making

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. The Art of War 3:6.1-7

Tactical IQ: Character and Tactical Decision Making

“If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterward defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.” ~General George Washington

Are You a Tigger, or an Eeyore?

Interesting article or interview I should say in the New York Times back on November 14th a friend told me i should read. Its not specifically written with law enforcement and security in mind but it does speak to leadership and attitudes. How they effect the overall climate of an organization and the organizations overall performance. Something a bit different to get you thinking.

Officer Created Jeopardy: Reduce it with a Strategic and Tactical Mind

Fighting is not only a battle of courage, but also of wits. Hence, creating false formations and illusions enables one to be camouflaged. This confuses the enemy.” ~100 Strategies of war

Do Our Loyalties Affect Violence?

This is a great question posed by John Robb over at Global Guerillas on the recent Fort Hood shooting and possible critical factors. Factors that could very well be pre-incident indictors, red flags, or signs and signals we should at least think about and consider if prediction and prevention efforts are the focus of our strategy.

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