Conflict and Violence

Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force Testimony of Deputy Chief William G. Brooks Wellesley PD

I want to thank Governor Patterson for establishing this task force, and the members of the task force for their service. In spite of the fact that law enforcement officers have tragically been victims of accidental shootings at the hands of their brother and sister officers for more than a century, this undertaking is, to my knowledge, the most comprehensive examination of police-on-police shootings in our nation’s history. The breadth of your research is extraordinary, and I hope your recommendations will be embraced by the entire law enforcement community.

Apple-Pie Jihad Homegrown terror takes root.

A great article by Judith Miller on the homegrown terror threat. So are your eyes wide open or wide shut? The terrorist threats is not only emerging it is indeed here.  This is not about paranoia its about opening our eyes and seeing the signs and signals. The signals that have been here for over 20 years.

"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

Operational art and modern American strategy by Adam Elkus

Great article over on Open Democracy by Adam Elkus that gets to the importance of the fused and synergistic effect of operational art to link strategy and tactics. Strategy and tactics alone do not effectively deal with the asymmetric and rapidly changing adversaries we face today.

Killing Spree or Terror... And the Impact on Prevention Efforts By Fred Leland

“What is the aim and purpose of strategy? Is to improve our ability to shape and adapt to unfolding circumstances so that we as, individuals, or as groups, or as a culture, or as a nation-state, can survive on our own terms.”

~Col. John Boyd

On War On Crime from Project White Horse

Essential Elements of Information for a Culture of Preparedness

“At this stage, the drug cartels are using basic infantry weaponry to counter government forces,” a U.S. government official in Mexico said.  “Encountering criminals with this kind of weaponry is a horse of a different color,” the official said. “It’s not your typical patrol stop, where someone pulls a gun.

"Cohorts of War" societies and states

"Cohorts of War" is a historical hypothesis, a general framework for describing the fundamental forms of military organization.

Coffee and Conversation: Issues that Affect Law Enforcement and Security: Walking our Talk to Officer Safety

The month of November was filled with conflict and violence: Fort Hood, Orlando, Lakewood Washington and numerous other incidents across the country that gained little attention in the headlines. The blogs and articles I wrote in relation to these events and the efforts we need to make to prevent them focus mostly on the community or workplace. This morning while sitting here with a hot cup of coffee I am thinking about cops and officer safety.

Interposing Tactics by Chris Flaherty

Great article to open the eyes of those of us locked in the mindset of conflict and violence do not change. Chris Flaherty offers some insight to the fact that tactics and operations do indeed change.

Convergent tactics defended with converging tactics. I say defense but not in the normal sense but a constant synergistic offense and defense responding accordingly within the environment…

Napolitano says recent arrests represent a terror warning

“Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night.

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