From OODA to AAADA ― A cycle for surviving violent police encounters

By Michael J. Asken, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Asken is a State Police psychologist and author of “MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations.” His Web site is www.mindsighting.com

Benefits of Conditioning Our Decision Making...The Boyd Cycle

The Boyd Cycle reinforces individual and where cohesion exists, group or organizational  knowledge allowing us to take appropriate actions on the street.  Through observation-orientation-decision and action cycles we continually learn, unlearn and relearn on the fly allowing us to better understand the environment, and the climate of the situation.  This allows us to adapt and choose the right methods to respond with and the how and why behind the actions we take. The Boyd Cycle enhances the strategic and tactical mindset over the emotional reactive mindset. 

COL John Boyd on the Essence of Winning and Losing!

“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

The strategic and tactical mindset should have these words from Boyd in mind while we interact with our environment  and our adversary.


Over on JOHN BOYD America's Greatest Military Theorist John Robb has began posting articles for cops that discuss COL John Boyd's Theories as the apply to the street. His first series comes from Spartan Cops.

Violent Encounters: When the Time for Talk is Over, Do What's Necessary and Reasonable

On this blog we talk all the time about detecting, avoiding and preventing conflict and violence through awareness, positioning, communication, interaction, recognizing the signs and signals of crime and danger, collaborative efforts and timely decision making under pressure. The main focus of our strategy and our methods being to win, and to settle conflict and violence without fighting.

Homeland Security Review Publishes LESC article Critical Decision Making Under Pressure

The Homeland Security Review a Journal of the Institute for Law and Public Policy of California University of Pennsylvania published the article written by Fred Leland Director and Principal Trainer of Law Enforcement and Security Consulting (LESC, INC).

The article focus is on rapid decision making also known as recognized prime decision making and how this methodology applies to law enforcement and homeland security professionals.

Rebooting the OODA Loop from Spartan Cops

In the police training world, certain job related skills are vitally important. Simulation scenarios involving inoculations of stress, confusion and chaos are valuable components to prepare officers to win in real street encounters, (expect the unexpected, and adapt). Trained, experienced and enlightened simulation trainers often discover early on that it is difficult to truly surprise in-service officers.

Maneuver and Focus Efforts on Disrupting Your Adversary's Mindset

“In most campaigns the dislocation of the enemy's psychological and physical balance has been the vital prelude to a successful attempt at his overthrow.” ~Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart, 1944

The "D" in OODA By: Frank Borelli

For any contemporary warrior who is not already familiar with Boyd's Cycle - the human decision making paradigm - I say to you, "Go and study." First documented by Col. John Boyd (USAF Ret, now deceased), the Human Decision Making Cycle is comprised of the following four steps repeated in endless loops: Observe; Orient; Decide; Act. Anyone who has ever been in a fight knows that thinking faster than your opponent matters - and not just a little. Veteran combatants have given testimony as to the applicability and importance of Boyd's Cycle.

Slowing down your opponent's OODA Loop by Spartan Cops

As I discussed in The OODA Loop: A simple concept for modern combat strategy, there are two ways to take the offense away from our opponent. One is to overtake him in the cycle by being faster.  I discussed common tactics for that strategy in How to zip through the OODA Loop. The second method is to slow your opponent down. This article discusses tactics for that strategy.

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