USAFA Superintendent Understands the Stakes

images-2 I received a response from Lieutenant General Michael C. Gould, Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy dated March 24, 2012.  It reaffirmed my concerns regarding outdated emergency evacuation protocol in U.S. football stadiums.

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His handwritten notation of thanking me for “having the courage to step forward” meant a great deal.  As an individual with a seemingly endless resume of achievements, awards and decorations, those words had a special resonance.

As a pilot with thousands of flight hours under his belt, he may have been in a better position to sift through and weigh the underlying content of my letter.  He has surely grown accustomed to witnessing the ramifications of action… and inaction.  At some point, all that real-world experience with OODA loops (observe, orient, decide, act) begins to add up.  It would certainly have an impact on comprehending the difference between a false flag and a red flag.

Truth be told, Falconi Field in Colorado Springs is not one of the most heavily occupied football stadiums in the country.  Nonetheless, I believe the Superintendent was able to distance himself and more easily understand the bigger picture.  Issues of great magnitude are best often solved by individuals who routinely solve big problems.

At its core, the artificially generated stampede represents a fundamental societal problem.  It’s not exclusive to football stadiums and sporting events.  It could just as easily apply to a shopping mall, rock concert, megachurch or a county fair.  Any crowded, congested setting is conceivably at risk.  And in today’s technological world, this hypothetical threat isn’t going to magically disappear.

As I’ve maintained, the premise of artificially generated stampedes is a looming problem.  You cannot just simply wave a crowd control wand.  You cannot simply accept the inevitable and hope for the least disturbing outcome.  Because real world actions have real world consequences.  And it is for that reason, we must confront the issue directly.  Acknowledgement and awareness will always be the cornerstone of any counter-strategy.