LESC Links April 11th 2010

Defeat into Victory: Battling a Tough Climate with Faith, Perseverance and Lessons Learned

Moral courage is higher and a rarer virtue than physical courage. ~William J. Slim

I read great book by Sir William Slim called Defeat into Victory that inspired this short writing as I see it applying to law enforcement and security professionals. Sir William Slim led devastated and morale broken British forces into Burma and India with very little support from his homeland. He rebuilt morale, preparedness and readiness through experience, training and leadership that in my view mirrored adaptive leadership methodology in a time (WWII) where the term was never heard of.

This is not a review of the book although I will say the book is must reading for anyone wanting to understand the importance of keeping faith through failure. Faiths effect on morale and ultimately perseverance to win despite mistakes, self doubt and tough odds is a key theme throughout the book. The history lesson Defeat into Victory offers, of the times is a bonus.

The lessons that stood out, leadership, frontline effectiveness, cohesion, perseverance through failures and adaptation from the lesson learned, training on the fly from the bottom up.  Al key factors law enforcement and security creating and nurturing full spectrum personnel and a full spectrum response could learn from. Continue reading

BOOK: The Little BIG Things 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence By Tom Peters

I have been a fan of Tom Peters since I read his 2004 book Re-Imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age. His insights are both in and out of the box, taking from lessons of the past and implementing new thoughts and ideas that lead to innovation making organizations thrive in difficult, uncertain and chaotic times.

The Little BIG things is about the pursuit of excellence, excuse me Excellence (my apologies Tom,) I almost forgot “you never spell EXCELLENCE with a small E.”  Creating and nurturing Excellence has been Tom’s theme since he knows how to get it done.

In his latest book The Little  BIG Things Tom expands on Excellence and how to get there by remembering the little things ( communication, professionalism, resilience, loyalty, learning from failure, influence, opportunity, collaborative efforts, etc),  that have a major impact on performance and effectiveness in individuals that AFFECTS THE ORGANIZATION AND THOSE YOU SERVE.! 

What does Tom Peters, a business guru’s way of thinking have to do with law enforcement and security you might ask? My answer EVERYTHING! Continue reading

Command, Influence and Information in 3D Tactics By Chris Flaherty

In complex and violent engagements, the situation needs to be sized up via the OODA Loop at a faster pace than our adversary if we are to effectively deal with and resolve the complex, chaotic and violent circumstances.

Chris Flaherty discusses in this article the key to success is in decentralized control or command and influence over the traditional command and control methodology. The success of Command and Influence (Adaptive Leadership) depends upon individual and organizational professional mastery which frees up the decision making cycle on the frontline where the environment and climate are being read and oriented to.

The fundamental question, that needs to be resolved, is how does professional mastery, at an individual level overcome C2 failure?

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The Gulf-Zeta Split and the Praetorian Revolt by Samuel Logan and John P Sullivan

The recent split between two former allies in Mexico's criminal underworld has torn open a new chapter of violence in northern Mexico that has already tinged Monterrey and threatens to spread down the border line, Samuel Logan and John P Sullivan write for ISN Security Watch.

Between February and March, the number of homicides in Matamoros and Reynosa, two cities under siege in northern Mexico, surpassed 2009 totals. Police in the area, who only show up after the shooting has stopped, have recovered 50 abandoned trucks full of bullet holes and blood. Meanwhile, payments of $500 a month keep local journalists quiet and motivated to influence their colleagues to do the same. Those who speak out disappear.

Northern Mexico is deeply embroiled in Mexico’s ongoing violence, and as cartel members deal death to their rivals, the media blackout fuels rumor and fear - a perfect storm of misinformation allowing Mexico's newest cartel rivals to engage in a battle for control over some of Mexico's most lucrative criminal turf. The latest fronts are the northeastern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico, nestled up against Texas.

Intense violence continues to rock these states as factions within Mexico’s criminal underworld battle for primacy. The tectonic shift between former allied cartels Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel fuels battlefront intensity. As a result, gunmen contest northern and border cities, including Monterrey, Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo in a battle of ‘all against all.’

"My sense is that La Familia is cooperating with the Sinaloa Cartel and the Gulf Cartel against Los Zetas in the battle now raging in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon," George Grayson, a Latin American politics professor at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, US, and a senior associate at the Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, told ISN Security Watch. Continue reading

One killed, several hurt in shooting at Okla. mall

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - Gunfire broke out inside a crowded Oklahoma shopping mall Saturday, leaving a teenager dead and several injured in what witnesses described as a gunfight, police said.

Five people were taken to a hospital as authorities cordoned off the Arrowhead Mall in downtown Muskogee, an area crowded with visitors attending the city's annual Azalea Festival, police spokesman Pedro Zardeneta said.

It was unclear whether the person killed, 17-year-old Jarrod Reed of Muskogee, was among several people involved in the shooting or a bystander, he said. Details about the other victims, including their conditions, haven't been released, hospital spokesman Chad Wetz said.

Three people were being sought for questioning late Saturday, police said.  Continue reading

Ft. Hood gunman now in a Texas jail

The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting was transferred early Friday from a San Antonio military hospital to a jail near the Army post, his attorney said.

Maj. Nidal Hasan''s attorney, John Galligan, told The Associated Press that a Fort Hood official confirmed that Hasan was airlifted to the jail at about 4 a.m. Continue reading

Mich. militia chief advocates killing cops

A Christian militia leader accused of plotting the mass murder of law enforcement as a prelude to a larger war against the government hoped killing police would help keep people from joining the force, according to a transcript of a secretly recorded audio tape.

The Associated Press obtained the transcript Thursday. It lists David Brian Stone of rural southern Michigan as saying: "You kill enough cops, you can't get enough people to take the job.

"Why? I'm not gonna become a cop and go die."Continue reading