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The OODA Loop & the Gift of Fear (?)

The OODA Loop:

Wikipedia – not my usual source for information, defines the OODA Loop as an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. Developed by military strategist and U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd.  Boyd first applied the concept to aerial combat (Dog Fighting). His approach favors agility over raw power when dealing with human opponents in any endeavor.

What is the OODA Loop?  It is the action of an individual who can process this cycle quickly. Observing and reacting to unfolding events more rapidly than their opponent. Thereby,  “getting inside” the opponent’s decision cycle and gain the advantage!

The courses at Shaffer Security Group (SSG) utilize this decision cycle in every instruction.  We teach you to survive by continually re-setting your opponents OODA Loop.

The Gift of Fear:

In addition to the OODA Loop, SSG also teaches the importance of listening to your ‘Inner Voice’.  Your Gut Instinct!  In his award-winning and best selling book, The Gift of Fear, author Gavin DeBecker interviews survivors of very violent crimes. He found almost 100% of those victims had a ‘bad feeling’ or a ‘gut instinct’ that warned them something horrible was about to happen.  Most people dismiss or rationalize this feeling.  At SSG, we teach you to listen to your “Gift of Fear”.

Having the skill to ‘re-set’ your opponents OODA loop while understanding the need to listen to your “inner voice” is critical to survive any high-threat confrontation.  We teach all our clients to trust their gut.  As detailed in the book, your “gift of fear” is always based on external stimuli.  You may or may not be able to articulate why you feel it, but it is based on something your subconscious saw or heard and it always has your best interest.

These concepts have been used hundreds of times by Dutch, Brian and Greg.  Understanding the OODA Loop process and listening to their “gut instinct” has allowed them to  survive many dangerous situations and armed encounters.

The Real World

SSG prides itself on our ability to teach using real-world examples of survival and security.  Our referrals from Fortune 1000’s, not-for-profits, NGO’s, law firms, schools and other clients who have taken our courses are our best form of marketing.  Don’t wait until your company, firm, business or employee to become a victim.  Contact Shaffer Security Group to develop a strategic security plan to protect you both physically and legally.

The Shaffer Security Group (SSG) is a fully licensed Security Consulting and Risk Assessment firm specializing in developing security, intelligence and training solutions designed to protect your business or firm. 

We will work with your Legal, Human Resources and Security personnel to develop strategic plans to keep your business and employees safe using:

  • Active Shooter Response plans,
  • Situational Awareness Training;
  • Travel Security Threat Assessments;
  • Executive Protection;
  • Internal Investigations and Special Event Security Planning. 
  • SSG also has a 178-acres Tactical Firearms Training Facility.

SSG Instruction:

  • Tactical Firearms Training
  • Force-on-Force (non-lethal marking rounds) scenario-based training
  • Executive Protection or Personal Security Detail training

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OODA Loop By Patrick Edwin Moran

OODA Loop By Patrick Edwin Moran

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to ensure the safety and security of your business.

Special Event Security Planning

Special Event Security Planning

Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has no equal in Special Event Security Planning. SSG has designed, implemented and managed security plans and operations orders for:

  • NFL Super Bowls,
  • NBA World Championship Series,
  • MLB World Series,
  • NASCAR,
  • PGA,
  • NCAA,
  • World Cup Soccer
  • And a host of other large-scale, high threat, “Special Events.

SSG uses “best practices” employed by U.S. law enforcement, as well as strategies that have been effective for local law enforcement and private security.  We will develop a detailed and thorough security plan for your event.  The focus is not just on national and regional events, but on small private or public events.  Special Events often include a variety of VIPs and may be targets for terrorist, criminals and demonstrators.  The variety of approaches discussed can be tailored to large or small, public or private special events.

Pre-Planning Phase:

SSG will address the Challenges & Principles weighing the security measures that conceivably could be taken.  We consider street closures, searches, and highly visible tactical units, against the jurisdiction’s desire to produce events that are enjoyable, well attended, and profitable.  We help you develop the Leadership Authority & Structure and identify the Subcommittees you will need for each functional area.

Threat & Risk Assessment:

Greg Shaffer and his Team will help in the Threat & Risk Assessment looking at (8) factors that are relevant to private and public events; ie: Size of the Event; Duration; Threat; Historical or Political Significance; Location; Media Interest; Number of VIPs; Cultural, Political, Religious Background of those attending.

Committee Development:

With our experience & expertise, we will help you determine:

  • Manpower requirements,
  • Security workforce,
  • Access Control,
  • Screening & Physical Security,
  • Credentialing,
  • Transportation,
  • Intelligence,
  • Logistics,
  • Critical Infrastructure,
  • Public Health,
  • WMD,
  • Crisis Management,
  • Public/Media Relations,
  • Training,
  • Command Post set-up & operations,
  • and other factors and considerations learned through experience.

Special Event Security Planning:

As any Special Event security manager will tell you, no two incidents are exactly the same. Special Event planning, response and management are often case-by-case operations.  For venue security leaders, this can mean revising or even rewriting the “playbook” for each event.

Security for Special Events is like the theater – it’s a live performance with a huge cast and a lot of moving set pieces. No two performances, no two events, are identical.  There are a multitude of things that can change without notice, and as in theater you must be prepared to adjust your role accordingly. It can be different every time, but the bottom line is to ensure a safe and enjoyable event where security is looked at as an asset, and not a functional liability or expensive requirement.

Contact Shaffer Security Group today to develop, implement & manage the security plan for your large or small, public or private, Special Event.  We will work with local law enforcement, private security, vendors, caterers, and your staff to ensure your event is fun, enjoyable and safe.

STAY VIGILANT THIS 4th of JULY HOLIDAY! The Threat is Real!

Stay Vigilant this 4th of July:

This 4th of July holiday do not forget to Stay Vigilant!  Shaffer Security Group (SSG) has your safety & security in mind!  A Dallas-based Risk Management and Security Consulting Firm specializes in Counter Terrorism & Active Shooter Response.

Independence Day – “The Perfect Day for Terrorism”:

I do not want to sound like an alarmist or a paranoid security professional; but I do want to remind you to please remain “Situationally Aware” this Fourth of July.  Be vigilant and be aware!  The Threat is Rea!

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Look for the abnormal in the environment – what doesn’t fit?.
  • Have an Emergency Action Plan before you leave the house.
  • Have an Emergency Rendezvous Location identified.  Where will you and your family rendezvous in the event of a terror attack?
  • How will you communicate (cellphones may be rendered inoperable by either LE or the terrorists)?  Have an alternative communication plan!
  • Do you have a “Code Word” which will ensure all your family members ‘Stop & Listen’ to what you’re about to say?
  • Listen to that “inner voice” and when it tells you something is amiss,… take a moment, a deep breath, and find out what’s not right.
  • That “Gift of Fear” (a great book by Gavin DeBecker), that “Inner Voice”, is based on an external stimuli that you may or may not be able to articulate. Additionally, the “Gift of Fear” always has your best interest in mind.
  • Never dismiss your gut instinct or that “Gift of Fear” – it will never lie to you!

These are just some of the few things you and your family can do to be better prepared.

Below is a Washington Post article where I am asked about last years Nice, France truck rampage attack which killed 89 people.  This low-tech, easily planned, low-cost terror attack is still a real threat here in the United States.  This 4th of July celebration is the perfect time for a similar attack!  Be Safe!  Be Aware!  Have Fun and Happy Birthday America!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/15/is-the-u-s-vulnerable-to-a-nice-style-attack-were-on-alert-every-day/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.f8be3335b237

5 Lessons Learned from the Manchester Bombing

Lessons Learned from Manchester Bombing:

The Partners of SSG are continually reading, researching and learning from past violent attacks. Hence, here is a great article from the CLARION PROJECT on “Lesson’s Learned” from the recent Manchester bombing.

https://clarionproject.org/5-lessons-us-manchester-bombing/

Active Shooter Response Plans:

SSG specializes in creating, managing & implementing Active Shooter Response Plans for your company.  We utilize Security, Intelligence & Training Solutions designed to protect business.  SSG has real-world experience in protecting organizations, facilities and special events – both domestically and abroad. We pride ourselves in having international police and intelligence agency contacts whom we can leverage to provide you the most up-to-date, real-time, intelligence on current threats.

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Risk & Threat Assessment and let us develop a strategic security plan utilizing security, intelligence & training solutions to ensure the safety and security of your business.

“The Man in the Arena”

One hundred and five years ago, Theodore Roosevelt gave what would become one of the most widely quoted speeches of his career – “The Man in the Arena”. The former president—who left office in 1909—had spent a year hunting in Central Africa before embarking on a tour of Northern Africa and Europe in 1910, attending events and giving speeches in Cairo, Berlin, Naples, and Oxford, among others. He stopped in Paris on April 23, and, at 3 p.m. at the Sorbonne, before a crowd that included “ministers in court dress, army and navy officers in full uniform, nine hundred students, and an audience of two thousand ticket holders,” Roosevelt delivered a speech called “Citizenship in a Republic,” which, among some, would come to be known as “The Man in the Arena.”

In addition to speaking about his own family history, war, and the responsibilities of citizenship; Roosevelt railed against cynics who looked down at men who were trying to make the world a better place. “The poorest way to face life is to face it with a sneer,” he said. “A cynical habit of thought and speech, a readiness to criticize work which the critic himself never tries to perform, an intellectual aloofness which will not accept contact with life’s realities—all these are marks, not … of superiority but of weakness.” Then he delivered an inspirational and impassioned message that drew huge applause:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The speech was a wild success.  “Citizenship in a Republic” ran in the Journal des Debats as a Sunday supplement and sent to the teachers of France by Le Temps. The speech was printed by Librairie Hachette on Japanese vellum, and was turned into into a pocket book that sold 5000 copies in five days.  The “Man in the Arena” speech was was translated across Europe almost instantaneously.  Roosevelt himself was surprised at its success!

President Roosevelt might be even more surprised to learn that the most famous section of his speech still resonates and inspires, even today.  “Man in the Arena” was quoted by President Nixon in his resignation speech. It was used by Nelson Mandela prior to the 1995 Rugby World Cup where South Africa defeated the favored All Blacks of New Zealand.  Washington Nationals player Mark DeRosa would read it to himself before big games, to include Game 4 of the National League Division Series in 2012.  DeRosa read it aloud to his teammates. “That’s a quote I’ve always gone back to,” he told the Washington Post. “I go to that a lot, I really do. I’ve done it since college. I like it because people think they know, but they have no idea what we’re thinking from pitch to pitch. With our backs against the wall I wanted to say something that brought us together, a little band of brothers. Go out and fight. See what happens. I felt it was fitting. It fires me up when I read it.” The team was victorious.

The speech has its cultural touchstones, too: One wonders what Teddy would have made of his words being tattooed on Miley Cyrus and used in a Cadillac commercial?

The partners of SSG have all been in the arena, have suffered greatly, and achieved mightily.  We hold close to our hearts these words of Teddy Roosevelt.  Stay in the Fight!

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

One of the most often overlooked, yet critical aspects of Personal Security is, Situational Awareness:

“Check Your Six”, “Head on a Swivel”, “Be aware of your surroundings”.  You have probably heard all of these before, but what do they mean?

As the names implies, “Situational Awareness” is simply knowing what’s going on around you. It sounds easy in principle, but in reality requires much practice.  This skill is ingrained in soldiers, law enforcement officers, and yes, government-trained operatives!  At SSG, we understand how important a skill it is for civilians as well. Ultimately, being aware of a threat even seconds before everyone else, can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Situational Awareness is a skill that can and should be developed for reasons outside of personal defense and safety. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness. Developing mine has allowed me to survive multiple overseas operations in very high-threat environments.  This same ‘mindfulness’ has also allowed me to be more cognizant of what’s going on around me in my daily activities, which in turn has helped me make better decisions in all aspects of my life.

Our Situational Awareness Courses Include:

  • Defining Situational Awareness Detractors.
  • How to use your “Gift of Fear”.
  • What is the OODA Loop & How Can It Be Reset?
  • Travel Security & Intelligence.
  • Using Improvised Weapons.
  • Mobile Phone Apps that can save your life.
  • Actions during an Active Shooter Event (ASE).

SSG personnel have spent years in the field developing their Situational Awareness. This skill set is what has kept the SSG partners alive in hostile, high-threat corners of the globe.  Let SSG help develop in you this important skill. Most notably, the focus is primarily on developing your situational awareness to prevent or survive a violent attack.  However, these same principles will also help hone your powers of observation in all areas of your life.

Finally, here are just a couple of links to provide you a list of mobile phone applications that you can download and start using today.  Stay Safe!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/10-apps-save-life-case-emergency-article-1.2438105

http://coolmaterial.com/tech/8-apps-that-could-save-your-life/

Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Situational Awareness training course.

Is it safe to travel to the EU for the Holidays?

Is it Safe to Travel to Europe for the 2016 Holiday Season?

Shaffer Security Group (SSG) is please to provide an interesting article from “Forbes” magazine detailing the threats and dangers of traveling to the EU over the holidays.  

SSG teaches the best way to stay safe is to be aware of your surroundings and keep your head on a swivel.  Being Situational Aware is the best advice anyone can give as you travel to the EU or anywhere.

The SHAFFER SECURITY GROUP prides itself on maintaining close liaison with other security firms, police departments and intelligence agencies across the globe. These relationship allow us to provide you up-to-date, real-time threat assessments and risk analysis for your destination.  Our ties to many reputable, vetted and experienced security firms in the EU allows us to provide you a point of contact in the event you need immediate security assistance.  We can help you book a driver who is knowledgeable of the area, but also has specialized training to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe journey.  SSG’s many contacts with various EU police departments and with the FBI Attaches in U.S. Embassies can also be leveraged in the event of a critical situation.

Let us develop a travel security plan for you and your family as you travel this holiday season.  We can provide you professional drivers, security professionals, and keep you abreast of any threats during your travel.  Contact SSG for details.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2015/11/20/should-you-come-to-europe-for-the-holidays-paris-terrorism-attacks/#71003c8c23a6

JANUARY 2017 Tactical Training Course Schedule

Please find a listing of our January 2017 Training Courses.

7 JANUARY:  “Women’s Personal Defense Course” – Private Group

This Course is FILLED.  This is a Private Personal Defense Course held in the privacy of your home.  This course concentrates on Situational Awareness; Awareness Detractors; Response to Active Shooter Events; Self Defense; Basic Skills to Survive a Violent Assault; Survival Mindset.

8 JANUARY:  “Shooter Development Course” – Open to Public

This is a ‘marksmanship’ course!  This course is designed to teach you the finer skills of handgun shooting.  We will review the fundamentals and continue with more advance shooting skills such as ‘multiple targets’ and ‘close-in shooting’ techniques.  BEGINNERS WELCOME!!!! 

This is both a “How to Shoot” and a “Handgun Development Course” where you will increase both Speed & Accuracy with individual instruction.

A “License to Carry” (formerly known as a Concealed Handgun License – CHL) is NOT / NOT required for this training.  However, the course is designed for those who do not have a lot of handgun experience or have just received their License to Carry authority.

14 JANUARY:  “Tactical Handgun Course” – Open to Public

Our most popular course.  This is NOT a ‘marksmanship’ course!  This course is designed to teach you how to survive an ‘armed encounter’.  This is a “Handgun Fighting Course” where you will be taught how to use your handgun as a Combative Tool.  This is an “Advanced Shooters Course” and is NOT recommended for Novice Shooters.

15 JANUARY:  “For Women Only – Handgun Course” – Open to Public

We understand women need time away from their man!  We understand the husband, boyfriend or local cop is not the best choice when wanting to learn how to shoot!

This course will teach the ladies how to carry their weapon and how to use their weapon quickly, accurately and justifiably.  This course is perfect for those newly licensed to carry a concealed weapon!

This is NOT a License to Carry (LTC) Course! Nor is a LTC required.

What to Expect?  5-hours of the finest handgun training in the world, Situational Awareness Training, Increased Comfort with your Weapon, How to Carry Concealed as a Woman, Malfunction Drills – What to do when the gun doesn’t go ‘bang’, Loading / Reloading Drills, Quick Draw Techniques, Multiple Shots on Multiple Targets, Steel & Paper Targets, Develop Speed & Accuracy, Competition, Lots of Fun, Lots of Shooting – Safety First!

28 JANUARY:  “Scenario Based Training – Shoot, or Don’t Shoot?” – Open to Public

This course is perfect for novice shooters and will teach you how to ‘REACT & SURVIVE’ an armed encounter!  The course is designed for new shooters who have never been faced with ‘life or death’, ‘shoot or don’t shoot’ situations.  This course is perfect for those newly licensed to carry a concealed weapon!  There will be NO live-fire during this course!  This is a scenario-based course utilizing state of the art “Simunition” weapon system.

Our scenario-based training using non-lethal weapons system allows our professional, licensed, insured trainers to put you in stressful situations (scenarios) where you must decide… Shoot, of Don’t Shoot !?!

This course will utilize only “Simunition” weapons and ammunition supplied by SSG/CTG.  “Simuntion” is a ‘Non-Lethal’ system which uses actual weapons that fire a non-lethal, colorful, projectile that can be fired indoors without hearing protection.  The “Simuntion” system has revolutionized how the Military, Police & SWAT teams have trained.  This system has only recently been allowed to be used for the civilian population.  You will be some of the first to have trained with “Simunition” as a civilian. We will walk you through each exercise and insure you are comfortable and proficient with your weapon and with the “Simunition” weapon.

The “Simunition” scenarios will be “Force on Instructor” only; where you are placed in real-life situations and you must decide to “Shoot, or Don’t Shoot” in the stress-induced scenarios.  Students will be shooting the Instructor (acting as the “bad guy”) but the Instructor will NOT fire upon the student.