"Col. John Boyd's OODA LOOP theory is the foundation of ALICE Survival Training. In summary, it states that humans go through a process when reacting to a stimulus, yet are unable to maintain focus on more that one stimulus at a time. Therefore, a counter move will create a moment of opportunity while facing an imminent threat.."
Although the AT-EAS has the ability to rapidly increase reaction time and decrease response time, there is still a window when the Active Threat is most efficient and can carry out his attack unchallenged. The actions of trained end-users and the function of AT-EAS can slow the OODA Loop process of the shooter during these moments of efficiency to create counter opportunities.
The first 60 seconds of an attack are when an amateur shooter is most efficient. He most likely will not have to reload during this time period and face a potential jam or malfunction, is mentally clear on his plan and normally has the element of surprise. In most cases, potential victims are in a reactive mode when face to face with the shooter. Disbelief is the first emotion consistently felt by the majority of interviewed people who have survived an active shooter attack. This is where Blueline's comprehensive end-user training is most effective, as we prepare our clients to act, rather than react.
"Action is faster than Reaction. This rule must always be applied when facing an Active Threat"
Decreasing the time it takes for reality to process and to react, is critical for survival. The primary goal should always be to create an unforeseen change or distraction that takes the shooter out of his plan, within 15 seconds.
The AT-EAS siren/strobe aims to create this distraction:
1) The 110 db siren is extremely loud and is designed to "startle" untrained end-users who are not accustomed to the piercing sound.
2) The unit is equipped with a blue strobe light. The goal is to create a moment of vertigo or "Bucha" effect for the shooter and provide time-frames of opportunity for those under attack.
3) The siren/strobe is clearly marked "Active Threat Alert. If a shooter believes he has the element of surprise, it is possible that the activation of the AT-EAS may create a moment of realization that people are now being alerted to his presence.
All three of these design features will hopefully create opportunities for those under attack to lockdown, counter attack or evacuate. In addition, it reinforces our protocol to properly train and re-train end-users for an actual attack.