128 episodes

Mike is a police SWAT team member, K9 handler, and tactical medic. Jim is an Air Force pilot with a background in close air support and combat search and rescue. Our goal is to elevate the conversation about all things tactical for public safety, military, and concerned citizens. Join us to hear lessons learned about decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

Tactical Tangents Tactical Tangents

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    • 4.9 • 72 Ratings

Mike is a police SWAT team member, K9 handler, and tactical medic. Jim is an Air Force pilot with a background in close air support and combat search and rescue. Our goal is to elevate the conversation about all things tactical for public safety, military, and concerned citizens. Join us to hear lessons learned about decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

    Instant Expertise (Just Add Experience)

    Instant Expertise (Just Add Experience)

    It’s easy to find yourself thrust into a position where others regard you as an ”expert”, but what really constitutes expertise? Do you have it? Can it be acquired? When will you feel like you have it? (And why feeling like an expert should be a warning sign…)

    What makes an expert? Are you one? Do your friends or your employer consider you one? How does one go about seeking expertise? Relatedly, it’s a big and confusing internet out there and every day you are confronted with people who claim to be experts. Jim and Mike have some tips for separating the expert wheat from the poser chaff, especially when that purported expert is in the mirror.
     
    Links:
    Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin 
    The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
    The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle
    The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin 
    Research study
    How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
    The Invisible Gorilla: How our Intuitions Deceive Us by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simmons 
    From Beginner to Expert by Patricia Benner 



     
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    A War Waged against Dallas PD

    A War Waged against Dallas PD

    A lone gunman killed 5 Dallas police officers and wounded several others in this 2016 attack following a series of contested officer involved shootings throughout the country. Lessons include ambush and counter-ambush tactics, the militarization of law enforcement, and a use of a bomb robot rigged with explosives to subdue the attacker. 
    Link: Fire and movement among the pillars YouTube video
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Short Talk: Safety Strategy: The Swiss Cheese Model

    Short Talk: Safety Strategy: The Swiss Cheese Model

    In this short episode, Jim introduces the idea of layering safety and security to “trap errors” and mitigate the risk of human error. We want to help you do dangerous jobs safely.
     
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    Intro music credit Bensound.com
    Photo Credit :  BenAveling 

    • 6 min
    Teach Them Monsters Can Be Defeated: Rampage Murder Update Episode

    Teach Them Monsters Can Be Defeated: Rampage Murder Update Episode

    School Shootings seem to be on the rise, is gun control the answer? How many red flags does someone have to show before you intervene? Let’s look at the evidence and learn from the recent cases like Parkland and Uvalde.

    Links:
    A Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the US
    ALERRT Active Attack Data
    Why Meadow Died by Andrew Pollack and Max Eden
     
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    Intro music credit Bensound.com

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Making the Right Call: Tactical Decision Making and Scene Command

    Making the Right Call: Tactical Decision Making and Scene Command

    Mike & Jim work through the considerations a tactical commander has to account for to accelerate the decision making process, navigate risk, and ultimately encourage initiative and violence of action.
     
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    • 59 min
    Short Talk: What does it mean to "Be Safe?"

    Short Talk: What does it mean to "Be Safe?"

    Mike has a quick rant about when someone says "Be safe tonight!" What does that even mean?
    Link:
    The "X" defined
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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Mcwillev1971 ,

Great show!

This is a place you can get sane, sober and sensible information about all things law enforcement, self defense, equipment and tactics. Great stuff.

Ret SWAT Guy ,

Deep Dive

People, ideas, hardware. Before I retired I would have liked to learn this concept. If you are looking for a glossy 30,000 flyover of a topic, move along. These guys do a great job doing deep dives into important topics. Thanks for what is obviously a major effort. Keep it up.

GChnara ,

If you’re in public safety, LISTEN

Not just for public safety, as any citizen can benefit from the information. Those serving the community in public safety need to always be learning. I’ve always said that when you stop learning, it’s time to retire. This podcast will increase your learning and broaden your thought process as a responder to emergencies. Well worth the time to listen.

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