Shift Briefing Series: How the OODA loop improves decision-making

While the OODA loop can be used daily, it truly enhances tactical incident response


The Shift Briefing Series is designed to provide law enforcement officers with short training videos that will help make them smarter, safer and more efficient in daily operations and when responding to critical incidents. Group discussion questions are listed after each video to help solidify the topics and ensure the application is in line with your department’s mission and values. 

This video addresses Colonel John Boyd’s OODA loop. OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act) is an information-processing tool that allows law enforcement to make faster and better decisions. This video covers each step and provides tips for more efficient use of the concept. While the OODA loop can be used daily, it truly enhances tactical incident response.

Questions to consider

  1. Why is it important to slow down?
  2. How can you practice getting more efficient using the OODA loop daily?
  3. Given the rapidly evolving events LEOs deal with, what policies/procedures should LEOs know well to assist with the decision phase (e.g., pursuit policy)?
  4. Why is it important to keep decisions simple?
  5. What immediate action drills should LEO practice on a routine basis?
  6. What does it mean to be “inside” another person’s OODA loop?

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