Complete Set includes all 6 guides (At the Scene, Battlespace, Fundamental Concepts, Planning, Plans and Staff Functions) and both forms (Event Matrix and Numbers Grid) for one low price!

Because each transaction is accompanied with separate handling charges, we can pass on additional savings by bundling them in sets.  This complete set includes all six guides (At the Scene, Battlespace, Fundamental Concepts, Planning, Plans and Staff Functions) and...
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Bond Relationship Targeting (The Tactical Edge, Summer 2005, p. 82)

One of the most difficult aspects in implementing an asymmetric strategy[1] is identifying a weakness that can be exploited.  A prepared adversary presents few weaknesses and a cunning one guards even those.  One of the most overlooked weaknesses is the relationship...
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Failure Analysis (The Tactical Edge, Fall 2009, pp. 64-66)

Somewhat ironically, one of the most valuable methods for achieving success in tactical operations is by analyzing failures.  The harmonious resolution of the factors and influences involved in successful operations make them all but indistinguishable from each other...
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Drifting Standards and Creeping Missions (The Tactical Edge, Spring 2009, pp. 56 58)

There are many aspects that mark good tactical teams but the distinguishing feature that identifies the truly great ones is a consistency of excellence.  While teams of lesser competence occasionally enjoy the limelight these teams stand out in their uncompromising...
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Phases of Hostage Recovery Operations (The Tactical Edge, Fall, 2012, pp. 88-89)

Many crises are too complex to be resolved in a single step.  To increase comprehension and reduce risk they must be simplified.  One tried and true method is to conduct the operation in phases.  A phase may be best understood as a stage in an interactive sequence...
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Command and Control (4-4) (The Tactical Edge, Spring 2005, pp. 42-44)

The importance of command has been known from early history when more than two-thousand years ago, Philip of Macedon, (the father of Alexander the Great), is reported to have said, “An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a...
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A key requirement in planning tactical operations is to identify those factors which can be favorably influenced to achieve a successful resolution.

A key requirement in planning tactical operations is to identify those factors which can be favorably influenced to achieve a successful resolution.  Two of these critical factors have particular significance in that, if they are effectively exploited, will almost...
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Swarming Tactics (The Tactical Edge, Spring, 2011, pp. 54-58)

Of all the situations that require an intervention by law enforcement, conflicts, are by far, the most dangerous and complex.  This is because conflicts involve one or more adversaries who are in active opposition of the efforts to restrain them.[1]  Some types of...
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Operational Analysis, (METT-T) (The Tactical Edge, Fall 2005, pp.64-66)

Operational Analysis, (METT-T) The law of entropy states that all natural processes tend to increase the measure of disorder in the universe.  This is certainly the case in tactical operations when everything is going wrong, nothing seems to make sense and there...
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Task Saturation (The Tactical Edge, Winter 2004, p. 58)

Every mission in a tactical operation involves an almost infinite number of tasks, and depending on how, in what order, and when these tasks are performed, there is also an endless amount of permutations possible as each task affects another.  Many of these tasks are...
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About Field Command

Field Command is a company founded by retired police officers with a desire to pass on the lessons learned from years of practical experience in handling tactical operations and disaster responses.Likewise, they have extensive military backgrounds and are not only experienced but thoroughly grounded in the doctrinal science that supports sound planning and decision making. Using the military metaphor, they all have “muddy boots” from being in the trenches and can personally explain what worked and what didn’t. Even more importantly, however, they can explain why. This single word has become a mantra for explaining the reason such a focus is needed.


Law enforcement has become a highly specialized and complex function and teaching the multitude of essential skills is both costly and time-consuming. Accordingly, nearly all law enforcement training is focused on what to do and how to do it rather than why it is necessary. While these boilerplate responses will suffice for repetitive situations, they leave decision makers with no other options when they do not understand why something is important (or not). This can easily lead to disaster when a commander applies a solution designed for one set of circumstances but which is woefully inadequate for the current one. As Abraham Maslow noted, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you have to think of every problem as a nail.”

Incident commanders, planners, and decision makers involved in handling crises of all sorts are far better able to recognize and understand the factors and influences in play if they have first mastered the science that identifies them and explains their significance. Understandably, they are also more capable of adapting and improvising when conditions change. We don’t make any claims on knowing “the” way to do these things but we can tell you a 100 ways on how not to do them. Hence, if you just avoid the things that we know that don’t work you’ll start where we left off!