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37: Law Enforcement Standoff with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas (1993, ATF and FBI)

Tactical Tangents

Release Date: 03/14/2019

81: The Jon Benet Ramsey Murder Mystery show art 81: The Jon Benet Ramsey Murder Mystery

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In the mid-90s a little girl was reported to be kidnapped but was later found dead in the basement of her large, Boulder CO home. The case remains unsolved today, and several procedural errors on behalf of the officers and investigators who responded to the scene tainted our best chances to identify and prosecute Jon Benet's killer. Many believe the parents or her older brother were to blame. We may not ever know the truth. Mike and Jim give a synopsis and talk about some of the lessons.

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80: 80: "I would just shoot him," and other imaginary outcomes

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Most of us have daydreamed, imagined, and rehearsed what certain survival or self-defense encounters will look like in our minds, so we are going to make fun of our younger-selves and shed some light on something we are all guilty of: The Tactical Fantasy. This episode is about making sure that we ground those fantasies in reality. This goes beyond truck guns and the Zombie Apocalypse, it also speaks to the OODA loop, tactics, risk management, and other important concepts.

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79: The Millennium Bomber--How Professionalism Saved the Day show art 79: The Millennium Bomber--How Professionalism Saved the Day

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A terror plot at the turn of the century was thwarted by the professionalism of CBP Agent Diana Dean. You might not have heard of the foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport amidst New Year's celebrations for the year 2000. This Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack was prevented by an Agent who noted Ahmed Ressam's suspicious behavior and sent him to a secondary inspection. We touch on pre-attack indicators, the radicalization process, and a defense strategy called "The Swiss Cheese Model."

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78: Wisdom from over 30 years in Special Operations show art 78: Wisdom from over 30 years in Special Operations

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Chief Master Sergeant Keaton shares some war stories with us, including the time he won the Pitsenbarger Award after saving the lives of 5 women and children who were used as human shields by an enemy force in Afghanistan. Along the way he illustrates some lessons learned and leadership pointers that he picked up while leading some of America's most elite operators throughout his 30 year career working in special operations as a PJ and reaching the highest enlisted rank in the United States Air Force. 

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77: How to deal with Fog and Friction when things get sideways.  show art 77: How to deal with Fog and Friction when things get sideways.

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Some of you might have experienced a crisis that was later described as a "Charlie Foxtrot," which is an acronym for the sort of situation known for being chaotic, overwhelming, and difficult to manage. Mike and Jim discuss the doctrinal definitions of fog and friction and talk about some coping strategies and training philosophies that will help you deal with these kinds of problems. Listen to learn about ways to communicate and interact with your team and plan for when things get weird. 

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76: Dr. Daniel Blumberg on the Moral Risks of Policing show art 76: Dr. Daniel Blumberg on the Moral Risks of Policing

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Dr. Daniel Blumberg is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor who has spent over 30 years working with several law enforcement agencies in the realm of pre-employment screenings and services related to police officer wellness, ethics, and resilience. His research has shined a light on many of the moral risks that affect those of us in law enforcement: what they are, how they are related to critical incident stress, and what the implications are for police leaders and trainers.

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75: Cecil Burch on jiu jitsu and street fighting, when there are guns and knives and ninjas and sh*t show art 75: Cecil Burch on jiu jitsu and street fighting, when there are guns and knives and ninjas and sh*t

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How do the rules change when you go from sports to the street? What changes on the ground vs. standing up? How should you apply your nunchuck skills in the context of self-defense? Mike and Cecil talk about all things martial arts and how they fit in to street fighting in real life. He specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to entanglement and close-range fights where weapons - including your own - are in play. 

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74: Cold Weather Survival with Polar Explorer John Huston show art 74: Cold Weather Survival with Polar Explorer John Huston

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John Huston was one of the first Americans to successfully complete an unsupported expedition to the North Pole. His expertise in cold weather survival and expedition planning has led him to opportunities training Special Operations Forces and he uses his experience as public speaking and training curriculum related to high-performing teams, operational planning and risk management, leadership, teamwork, and more. As a bonus, John also works with Sled Dogs, which is just cool. 

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73: The Newhall Massacre: The day CHP lost 4 officers over 50 years ago. show art 73: The Newhall Massacre: The day CHP lost 4 officers over 50 years ago.

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In April 1970,  4 California Highway Patrolmen were killed by two men after an armed road rage incident. This incident had a ripple effect for police agencies across the country that led to significant progress in the realm of firearms proficiency and officer safety. There are several lessons learned that remain relevant today. Mike gives us a synopsis of the shooting and provides some analysis for police officers today. 

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72: FIGHT OR FIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY, WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN show art 72: FIGHT OR FIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY, WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN

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Vivian has a PhD in neuroscience and explains the realities of a sympathetic nervous response. While you don't need to deep dive all of the science here, you do need to understand the tactical implications of a fight or flight response as it relates to training, perception, memory, and attention. Mike and Vivian discuss muscle memory, building good habits, perceptual distortions, and ways to enhance our performance under stress. 

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More Episodes

A federal weapons investigation into a doomsday cult known as the Brand Davidians, formed by a guy name David Koresh, led to a 51-day standoff that resulted in the death of 75 people and at least 4 Federal Agents back in 1993. This was a high-profile event and there are several lessons learned that every one in public safety should hear about. Mike discusses some of those details in this solo episode. 

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