Sun Tzu & the Art of Psychological War.
Session 1: Fresh Vision for a Profession Ordained to Triumph
It was President Woodrow Wilson which said ,” A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.”
Where did we come from? What has this country been about? What role does law enforcement play in that vision? These and many other questions will be answered in this session. Students will be inspired to revisit our founder’s vision for this country, the true nature of civil liberty and the invaluable contribution that law enforcement plays in the survival of this Republic... This sacred calling is a privilege granted to few. It’s one ordained to triumph in!
Session 2: Sun Tzu and the Art of Psychological War.
Sun Tzu was a Chinese general and tactician born in 544 BC. A brilliant strategist, he authored the epic war tome, The Art of War, which is required reading for the CIA, U.S. Military Intelligence and the Marine Corps Reading Program. Sun Tzu specialized in tactics that equipped an inferior force to defeat a superior one. Employing such principles as using deception, carefully accommodating oneself to your enemy’s purposes, baiting his forces to divide/conquer them through ambush and ideally breaking their resistance without fighting was the primary goal. This session will examine how these same tactics are used to destroy law enforcement marriages, personal relations, even careers. We will identify the deceptions employed against LE relationships, the ways evil accommodates itself to the profession, the baits offered to divide relationships and the sobering reality of his success in getting them to quit without a fight. We will also share God-breathed “rubber meets the road” strategies that chaplains and departments can employ to ensure that their relationships with their families at home and the family of the Thin Blue line thrive.
Instructor: Jim Bontrager