Condition White

It’s Marine Week in St. Louis. Lots of displays of weapons and vehicles. Lots of Marines, a couple of which managed to get robbed by two men who approached them on the street. The mayor is asking how it happened.

The answer is simple. The Marines had been drinking. They were not alert. They were not considering the risk. When approached, they were, in short, behind the OODA loop. The police understand this loop. If you stay in front, you control the situation. In this case, the Marines got sized up, attacked, and robbed, and were never really in the fight.

I see it all the time, people on the phone, wearing a headset radio, or just oblivious to their surroundings. The attacker picks his location, stalks his victim, and strikes suddenly. Substitute a couple of criminals and a jogger and this video will explain it. The zebra realizes the danger too late, runs too late, and starts kicking too late.

Thus we live our days in Condition White, which may or may not have anything to do with our danger, since quite frequently we are in deadly danger and do not realize it.
–Col. Jeff Cooper

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