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Accentus-Ludus Success Stories #2: TARGET Corporate Special Investigations Unit

aludus_targetThe TARGET Corporation, a Fortune 50 company, created a National Investigative Team in the mid-1990s. The specific mission of the NIS Team (now Special Investigations) is to investigate – independently or in partnership with the appropriate federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies – crimes against the Corporation by organized retail criminal rings resulting in significant financial loss or potential grievous harm to employees.

Performance issues were identified in the team by corporate management. As a remediation measure the Manager of Investigations and Training retained us to:

  1. Do a comprehensive evaluation of the team’s ability in its core functional areas; and
  2. Based on the results of the evaluation, recommend training and other means to improve team and individual team member performance.

The team was evaluated and assessed in these areas:

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Situational Awareness Training (with update from NASA)

In 1996, I published what may have been the first article in the popular “tactical/gun” press on John Boyd’s OODA loop as a model for maintaining situational awareness and decision making for personal combat. I presented a simplified version of Boyd’s elegant thinking and detailed expansion of the OODA loop, in a way that I felt, at the time, would be immediately usable by tacticians unfamiliar with the concept.

Sixteen years later, the OODA loop and Boyd’s work and how to apply it to personal combatives armed and unarmed are the subject of endless articles and internet forum debates and the concept is an integral part for most credible combative training systems.

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