OODA Loop

Col John Boyd's Patterns of Conflict Expanded to Policing Part 2: Don't Just Be a Reactor..Be a Shaper Too!

In Part 2 of this video series Boyd continues with his idea, what he calls a "New Conception" of fast transients O-O-D-A Loops that lead to outmaneuvering an adversary. The idea of fast transients suggests that, in order to win, we should operate at a faster tempo or rhythm than our adversaries—or, better yet, get inside adversary’s observation-orientation-decision-action time cycle or loop.

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?

Tactics Are They More High Diddle, Diddle Straight Up the Middle the Devil Be Damned or Maneuver and Boyd Cycling an Adversary?

Police training, too often has focused its tactical training on developing the physical skills of police. This has them learning tactics as a series of formulas, starting in recruit training. Tactics are defined as the how to of things for example; response to domestic violence calls, car stop tactics (unknown and high risk), robberies, school shooting response, gang violence, etc.

Shaping and Adapting: Using the Environment (The Last Hundred Yards) To Unlock the Power of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop

In April of 2015 I posted an outstanding research paper from United States Marine Corps Major P.J. Tremblay titled “Shaping and Adapting: Unlocking the Power of Colonel John Boyd’s OODA Loop.” The paper is thoroughly researched and discusses numerous factors crucial in making sound decisions.

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.

Complacency and False Sense of Urgency: Why We Fail to Take Advantage of The Last Hundred Yards?

The problem is complacency. We have all seen it. Yet we underestimate its power and its prevalence. Highly destructive complacency is, in fact, all around us, including in places where people would deny it, deny it, and deny it still more.

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

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