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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.

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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.

    57: How to take a hit and keep fighting: Resilience and Mental Toughness

    57: How to take a hit and keep fighting: Resilience and Mental Toughness

    Our feelings on what resilience means in a tactical setting and how to make sure you are not an easy victim. Includes some thoughts on "resilience training" and where mental toughness comes from. 

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    • 1 hr 49 min
    56: Rape, Defense and Response

    56: Rape, Defense and Response

    Jim walks us through a series of rape scandals at the Air Force Academy, and discusses practical ways to prevent and respond to assaults.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    55: Never Quit - In honor of A1C Ken Sturgill. Heat Related Injuries and Air Force SERE

    55: Never Quit - In honor of A1C Ken Sturgill. Heat Related Injuries and Air Force SERE

    First, a toast: This episode is dedicated to Airman First Class Kenneth "K3" Sturgill, an Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) Specialist Trainee who perished in training as a result of heat stroke. K3's father, K2, shares some stories about his childhood and the man he was. We learn about the mishap and what steps the Air Force is taking to prevent this sort of thing in the future. To wrap up, Mike and Jim talk a little about heat stress and how to mitigate heat related injuries.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    54: Lessons from the Ruby Ridge standoff (Randy Weaver and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team)

    54: Lessons from the Ruby Ridge standoff (Randy Weaver and the FBI Hostage Rescue Team)

    One of the most emotional stand-offs in US history is the one between the Weaver family and the FBI at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. This all started when a group of US Marshals were attempting to arrest Randy Weaver for a weapons offense. After an exchange of gunfire that left people on both sides dead, the FBI HRT responded to resolve the issue in what became one of the most polarizing cases that touched everything from gun control, the use of deadly force by law enforcement, and federal oversight and over-reach.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    53: Prepping for the End of the World: You're doing it wrong.

    53: Prepping for the End of the World: You're doing it wrong.

    Jim lays out the planning you need to do before a disaster strikes - arguing for a sane approach to “prepping.”

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    52: MJ THE MARINE, ROUND 2. Do Marines want Rule Followers or Rule Breakers? AIR FORCE VS USMC CULTURE

    52: MJ THE MARINE, ROUND 2. Do Marines want Rule Followers or Rule Breakers? AIR FORCE VS USMC CULTURE

    This is the second time MJ has joined Mike and Jim on the show. Today we discussed some of the differences between Air Force and Marine Corps culture. Obviously very different - but MJ and Jim are both pilots so there are some similarities in that regard. There are reasons for both and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. We also discuss how this applies to other areas, and of course relate it all back to the philosophy of John Boyd. 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

AFROTC Cadet ,

Great Thought Provoking Content

As an AFROTC cadet commissioning soon, I hear a lot of “leadership” lessons from the book that do not go deep. This podcast has helped take my thinking to the next level. The dream is to be a fighter pilot and listening to these tactical operators has been a catalyst to go deeper into the topics, be motivated to chase my goals, and start to learn what can’t be taught from a book. Thanks guys, I appreciate what you’re doing and I plan on continuing to listen long into my career when I’m sure more of it will make sense and apply to what I’m doing.

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Good listening

Great talks, easy listening, and practical applications for all the boring topics force fed yearly in the military. If you want to improve your SA or dive deeper into better decision making at your high risk job, this is the podcast for you!

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Great for listening to on my way into work. They do a great job turning big ideas into stuff you can actually use.

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