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Thinking About Situational Awareness Through the Lens of a Field Researcher

Learning how to learn is a skill that often separates the professionals from the novices in a professional field. In the fast-paced and constantly changing world we live in, those who can quickly learn what is happening in a situation, especially once it changes, have many advantages over their slower moving peers. But how do

A Situational Awareness Discussion Guide: “Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life”

The goal for this discussion guide is to help leaders in organizations across the military, police, and security industries, as well as corporations, universities, and other academic institutions, have effective conversations about how the concepts discussed in Left of Bang apply to them and their organizations. As professional reading discussions are an effective way for

Video: WTF Is Situational Awareness?

Take a look at this video produced by Alex Fox from the Capable Civilian website about situational awareness.  After being introduced to Alex, I’ve been able to do a podcast with him and get to know him, but after he took our online class, he went to the next level and summarized many of the main concepts

Three Ways To Make Situational Awareness Second Nature

This article was originally written for the Illinois Tactical Officer’s Association We all know that person at work who can seemingly read every situation they find themselves in and turn it into something beneficial for them. It’s like watching action heroes like James Bond or Jason Bourne, people who can seemingly pick up on everything that

Situational Awareness For Women – Seeing Personal Safety Through A New Lens

Everyone has things that they are afraid of, or concerns that they can’t seem to shake. We don’t always have the ability to control those things or those fears.  For instance, my girlfriend commutes into New York City every day, using a series of mass transit stations that have long been the target for terrorist

Upcoming Training: Situational Awareness For Women

Ensuring your safety in public places, at work, and at home requires that you can quickly identify those around you who have violent intentions. Learn to read behavior and recognize threats the same way that we train the men and women of our nation’s military and police forces. Criminals and attackers will stand out from

Creating Informed Awareness

How can we prevent violence? It starts by creating informed awareness. Transcript provided by SpeechPad, please ignore any errors that are inevitable when transcribing a talk. One of the questions that I have been getting asked a lot recently relates to some of the goals of the program and where students should be once they come through

Learning How to Learn: The Steps

This article is part of an ongoing series to help subscribers of The CP Journal’s Practice Section pursue mastery in behavioral observation, situational awareness and decision-making. Being able to learn and adapt more quickly than our adversaries is a key skill as we prepare for war. But do you know how to learn? It’s a

Combatting the Strengths of Our Adversaries and Learning How to Learn

This article is part of an ongoing series to help subscribers of The CP Journal’s Practice Section pursue mastery in behavioral observation, situational awareness and decision-making. Following the overwhelming shock and awe campaign that characterized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, America’s enemies and adversaries faced a very simple and straightforward dilemma: give up, adapt or

Reporting for Leadership Teams: The CP Journal Dashboard

Image Description: Snapshot of the dashboard outputs, user information, and course results In a recent post on The CP Journal Blog, “How to Leverage Our Content for Your Team,” we highlighted how organizations use our online courses as continuing education for their entire teams. In that post, we mentioned the dashboards and reports that we

Defining Success in Your Personal and Professional Development

This article is part of an ongoing series to help subscribers of The CP Journal’s Practice Section pursue mastery in behavioral observation, situational awareness and decision-making. For self-driven learners, one of the biggest obstacles to making the most out of the time and money you invest in your development is not having a clear picture

How Security Leaders Can Influence the Collective Mood at Venue Entrances

When seeking to prevent violence and identify attackers before they launch an assault, leaders in the security industry can take steps to establish conditions at the entrances to venues that lead to successful threat recognition strategies. As my co-author Jason Riley and I discuss in our book, Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat