Category Archives: 071 Competitive Strategy

What is the Strategy for Winning a Gunfight?

The strategy for winning a defensive gunfight is converting disadvantage to advantage.

Let’s clarify what we mean by defensive combative firearms training.

Because you are not the one instigating the confrontation, you will initially be at a disadvantage and in a reactionary and defensive state because you are behind in what John Boyd called the decision making process or the “OODA Loop”.

Conversely, because your adversary is selecting the time, palace, conditions, and weaponry for the confrontation – he will initially start with the initiative as the causal factor in your situation because he has already completed may OODA Loops before you ever even knew of him or his intent.

While starting in a reactive state is an initial disadvantage; proper training can teach you how to convert this initial reactive and disadvantageous situation to your advantage and to the disadvantage of your adversary.

Solid training programs can teach you how to react in a manner that will cause your adversary to react to your actions, and exploiting this initial success can allow you to then wrestle the initiative away from your adversary and then keep him in a reactive state so you can end the with a more favorable outcome for yourself.

The key here is for you to become the causal factor to your adversaries plan for you, and thereby placing him in a disadvantageous reactive state, and the more solid your skills are, the easier it will be for you.

Obviously, converting the initial disadvantage to advantage is key, and this key does have a price, and that price is effort in training.

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What is Tactics?

“There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him the most, when he ain’t looking.” – Field marshal William Joseph “Bill” Slim (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Slim,_1st_ Viscount_Slim)

What is tactics and why should I care?

In short, tactics is “the art and science of winning engagements and battles. It includes the use of firepower and maneuver, the integration of different arms, and the immediate exploitation of success to defeat the enemy… the product of judgment and creativity…” FMFM 1

I will flesh out the above paragraph shortly, but so as not to string you along, and answer the question about why you should care about the study of tactics I can think of a few compelling reasons.

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Coming After Your (replica) Guns?

Toy gun

Of the 86 fatal shootings involving imitation firearms since 2015, the most common theme was mental illness: 38 of those killed had a history of it, according to their families and police reports. Fourteen of the calls were domestic disturbances. Ten others began as robberies. The remaining circumstances range from patrolling neighborhoods to serving arrest warrants to making traffic stops.

Are more laws needed to make a fake gun look fake to protect the person wielding it inappropriately?

Is the problem fake guns that look too real (whatever that means), or could other factors be at play?

Since people under a life or death situation (such as those described in the article) naturally achieve a sympathetic nervous system or (SNS) response which includes the loss of color vision; what modifications will be demanded when simply coloring guns differently doesn’t fix the problem?

It seems to me that the real problem is that some people choose to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise threaten other innocent people, and then other people react with appropriate levels of counterviolence when faced with someone acting in a manner that suggests that they or others are in immediate jeopardy of loss of life and limb.

As my friends in law enforcement say “You do stupid thing, you win stupid prizes.”

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String of shootings on party buses exposes gray area in regulations in Chicago?

And near the bottom of the article, the real issue comes out.

I am skeptical that any licensed carriers committed any of the shootings, and if they did, they need to be made an example of.

No need for further regulations, simply enforce violations of the NAP will take care of it.

There are already laws on the books for this kind of behavior, no need to place more regulations on any industry.

Pearson said he didn’t think a change in the law would make any difference because it’s unclear whether people shooting others on party buses are licensed concealed carry owners.

Source: String of shootings on party buses reveals gray area in regulations – Chicago Tribune

Finnland: Local man ignores laws and kills town official and two journalists.

It’s a common enough story that (again) shows that people who want to murder will always find a way, regardless of the laws.

A local man with a criminal record of violent offenses drove into Imatra (Finnland), around midnight on Saturday and took an illegally obtained hunting rifle from the trunk of his car, ignored the laws against murder, fired four or five shots (probably violating at least a city ordinance) into the presumably unarmed yet, law abiding, victims.

Seemingly satisfied with his work the 23-year-old stopped at that point and apparently waited for capture by the police.

The article mentions that Finnland is seeking an exemption from the European Union’s draconian gun laws based on “defensive needs.” Does this mean that the people of Finnland realize that a distributed threat is best addressed with distributed security?

Kind of sounds like it.

Finland shares an 833-mile (1,340 km) border with Russia and has sought exceptions from proposed European Union restrictions on firearms, citing defense needs.

Source: yahoo.com/news

Someone is learning how to take down the Internet – What you can do to safeguard yourself

In a nutshell: The internet is highly centralized and vulnerable to attacks.

The solution to this problem is a distributed network that that becomes more secure and faster as more people partake.

Technologies like MaidSafe are leading the way, and are now in alpha testing.

“These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. It feels like a nation’s military cybercommand trying to calibrate its weaponry in the case of cyberwar.”

Source: KurzweilAI

NY Bombing Suspect ‘Not on a U.S. Terror Watch List’ – Breitbart

As we have mentioned before… “The best security measures, people, and technology the world has to offer could not thwart the ISIS attacks in Paris. Nor will these practices, people, and technologies thwart the next attack.”

Although Rahami is suspected of ties to a bombing — rather than a firearm-based attack — it is worth noting that his alleged example represents a larger, consistent pattern of attackers who would not be stopped by the inclusion of terror watch lists and/or no-fly lists in gun control. In this way, Rahami is reminiscent of the gunman who killed 49 during the June 12 Orlando terror attack and the terrorists who killed 14 in San Bernardino, as none of these attackers were on a terror watch list.

Source: Breitbart

U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections?

Apparently operating off the assumption Americans are suffering from an acute case of the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect?

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said… Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in a statement urged Obama to publicly name Russia as responsible for the DNC hack and apparent meddling in the electoral process. “Free and legitimate elections are non-negotiable.

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

Apparently people are supposed to be more upset who leaked/hacked – than they are supposed to be about the incriminating information that was revealed.

Hint fellas: We have a problem. Ignoring it and pointing fingers isn’t going to make it go away, it will only make it worse.

Source: The Washington Post

Gun carrying women create concealed carry fashion market

Great news for women, the firearms accessory industry, and the economy. I am glad people are moving away from the “pink it and shrink it” mentality and starting to focus on more practical solutions.

Smolenski started her company right around the time when Chicago city laws changed and she could again legally carry a firearm. When that happened, she struggled to find something that didn’t make her look frumpy and didn’t broadcast that she was packing heat. Most of the clothing was geared to men — coats with hidden pockets, or holsters that tuck neatly inside a waistband. But until the last few years, those weren’t always great options for women who don’t wear belts as frequently and are more likely than men to wear form-fitting clothing, making it difficult to hide the fact they’re carrying a firearm.

Source: Fox News

Pew Research Center Poll: Gun Rights More Important Than Gun Control

Of course, your rights shouldn’t be violated even if a majority of people don’t like them.

The poll also shows the majority of Americans–58%–believe gun ownership “does more to protect people from crime than to put people’s safety at risk.” Only 37% of respondents believed “gun ownership does more to endanger personal safety.

Source: breitbart.com

America’s Addiction to Mercenaries – The Atlantic

This means that contractors are making the ultimate sacrifice. Today, more contractors are killed in combat than soldiers—a stunning turnaround from the start of the wars Iraq and Afghanistan, when fewer than 10 percent of casualties were contractors. By 2010, more contractors were dying than troops. However, the real number of contractor deaths —versus the “official” tally—remains unknown.

Source: The Atlantic

Miniature portable device produces biopharmaceuticals on demand at point-of-care

We love technology and where it can take us.

MIT researchers with DARPA funding have developed a portable device for manufacturing a range of biopharmaceuticals on demand, virtually anywhere… For medics on the battlefield and doctors in remote or developing parts of the world, getting rapid access to the drugs needed to treat patients can be challenging. That’s because biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, are currently produced in large, centralized fermentation plants. Then they must be transported to the treatment site, which can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to execute in areas with poor supply chains.

Source: KurzweilAI

NRA-ILA | Gun Control Supporters Are Once Again Rebranding Their Efforts

The NRA only represent a small minority of gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters.

An ever ever increasing number of the populous is waking up to the reality of the current situation and they intuitively understand gun centralization can’t compete against decentralized/distributed threats.

It’s for the same reason that most of the military and law enforcement professionals who understand the decentralized thereat also support a decentralized/distributed security solution – decentralized security options means saved lives.

From INTERPOL to local police chiefs and county sheriffs (even mayors and city councilmen), more and more are seeing reality for what it is and addressing it accordingly.

The gun centralizers can rebrand, repackage, reword, and remake themselves all they want however they will continually find themselves becoming more isolated because enough people see reality now.

The future is decentralized and distributed, any work to centralize is wasted sword motion and will only lead to the loss of more innocent lives.

According to the report, ARS is concerned that the blatantly anti-gun language used by gun control supporters in recent years, perhaps best personified by the behavior of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is hurting the anti-gun cause. Specifically, the new campaign calls on gun control advocates to use more values-based arguments, and, as with past messaging efforts, implores activists to police the exact language they use in in discussing anti-gun policies. Of course, the new b

Source: ILA

Justice Dept. files suit against DynCorp International

Something about physician heal thyself and being bitten by the hand that feeds you…

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the government alleges that the McLean-based company allowed one of its subcontractors on the contract, awarded in 2004, “to charge excessive and unsubstantiated rates for hotel lodging, translator, security guard and driving services and overhead expenses.”

Source: The Washington Post

Is decentralized security making more sense to the French?

A rose by any other name…

In the last few months, since the wave of terrorism has intensified, the membership of the gun club has quadrupled, from 200 to 800 members. The new members are not all motivated by the love of shooting sports. Benoit, a local olive farmer who owns more than a dozen rifles, pistols and shotguns, as well as an AK-47 assault rifle, admitted to me this weekend something much darker. “They’re getting ready for a war,” he said.

Source: cnbc.com

A look at concealed carry in Illinois by the numbers

So disappointed in Rock Island County. Came in 2, only Chicago did worse.

Using data provided by the state police, we’ve listed and mapped out which counties have the most concealed carry license holders per 1,000 residents as ranking counties based on the total number of active concealed carry licenses can be misleading.

Source: rebootillinois.com

Multiple Deaths After Shots Fired in Munich Shopping Center

Another failure of the gun control crowd, again in Germany.

Multiple people have died during a shooting spree at the Olympia shopping center in Munich, Germany on Friday evening, according to officials. German authorities have evacuated the building and a major police operation is underway in the city.

Source: Freebeacon.com

Manned Jetpack

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Whether you’re an adventurer, a futurist or a visionary, the Personal Jetpack gives you the freedom to explore and venture to places that others can only imagine. Its small dimensions allow it to operate in confined as well as open spaces, making it the ideal vehicle to cross the harbour for lunch on a superyacht or carry out that daring midtown rescue before cocktails at the club.

Before flying the Jetpack, proper training and certifications are required. Pricing starts at $200,000, with availability to purchase in a variety of colors beginning December 2017. For details on flight training and certification, as well as specs and pricing and how to pre-orders, please visit www.martinjetpack.com.

Source: martinjetpack.com

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