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.
- Tactical Firearms Training
- Force-on-Force (non-lethal marking rounds) scenario-based training
- Executive Protection or Personal Security Detail training
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
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,
- 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.
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.
With our experience & expertise, we will help you determine:
- Manpower requirements,
- Security workforce,
- Access Control,
- Screening & Physical Security,
- Critical Infrastructure,
- Public Health,
- Crisis Management,
- Public/Media Relations,
- 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.
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!
Contact Shaffer Security Group for your Situational Awareness training course.