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Moments choose you... but you choose how you respond in that moment.

Posted by David Happe on

Over the next several days, I will blogging about a strategy developed by U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd called the OODA Loop.  There's also a podcast version of this information that Dave recorded at Twin Cities News Talk.  

OODA stands for :
  • Observe
  • Orient
  • Decide
  • Act
We will consider the OODA strategy from the vantage point of an intended victim in an emergency situation such as the tragedy that unfolded in a movie theater in July 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.  However, the same reoccurring cycle of observe-orient-decide-act is applicable to most emergencies.  Your ability to process through this cycle intentionally, and more rapidly than someone that might intend to do you harm may assist you in successfully navigating yourself or others out of harms way.  Boyd developed the concept to explain how to direct one's energies to defeat an adversary and survive.

If you can consciously process through this cycle quickly, observing and reacting to unfolding events more rapidly than an opponent you can thereby "get inside" and disrupt the opponent's decision cycle.  If you are acting while the opponent is still observing, you can gain a strategic advantage.

The observations I will make based on my study of the OODA loop are my opinions, intended to help you create an intentional thought process with the aim of emergency survival.  Whether you agree with my interpretations or not is not vital, but hopefully will spark you doing independent research and creating a proactive mindset of a survivor.

Look for posts here every few days as I blog through the OODA loop.  I welcome your personal comments and observations to my email account dave (at )

Be Vigilant!

Dave Happe

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