Friday, November 7, 2008

C3: Get the Best Out of Self Defense Products with Command, Control and Communications

Modern militaries use a doctrine called C3 to effectively direct entire armies. C3 is short for Command, Control and Communications. This concept may seem rather lofty for the average person but if we view it as an allegory for managing personal protection, you’ll see how it can help you get the most out of your self defense tools.


In the military, command refers to the ability to issue clear orders to your troops. In basic self defense you only have one soldier: yourself. Nevertheless, you should make sure that you have some “standing orders” to prevent and handle dangerous situations. First off, whenever you go to an unfamiliar place, make sure you have a clear plan. When I go hiking, for example, I always plan my route and a timetable for visiting various spots. I give myself enough flexibility to have fun, of course, but I don’t wander off into unfamiliar places impulsively. My friends and family know when to expect me, and where to look if they need me.

I also have some “standing orders” about the equipment I take with me, including self defense tools. When I go on a hike, I carry an animal repellent like bear spray or dog spray, along with a knife. The knife isn’t necessarily for a fight, but it’s an extremely handy outdoor tool. Self defense isn’t always about people or animals. Sometimes, it’s about being ready for simple accidents.


Military control is the power to act effectively. It grows out of command, because you only get practical results from workable orders. For the individual, control is the power to successfully protect yourself in an emergency. This extends from having the proper tools and training to get the job done. If you’ve commanded yourself properly, you have the right tools. These might include pepper spray, a stun gun or a knife. Training means you have a regular physical fitness regimen, you’ve practiced drawing and using your tools and you’ve given serious thought to what you will and won’t do in an emergency. Self defense DVDs can help guide your personal training. Finding a fitness regimen that works for you, getting familiar with your tools and knowing your limits is 90% or preparedness.


This is straightforward: the ability to talk to who you need, when you need it. For the individual, this means that you have a charged cell phone and whenever you have a choice, you stay close to populated, public areas. If you can call 911 in an instant it means that no matter what happens, trained people will go to your location. If you stick near public areas, it dissuades potential attackers. They don’t want to be seen.

Think about these ideas when you order self defense products and you’ll have a clear idea of what you need, and when you’ll need it.

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