CATO Podcast

We believe Tactics are a science, and the Art is in how we apply those tactics. Members of the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) interview a variety of guests and discuss lessons learned, the evolution of tactics, and other contemporary issues facing law enforcement.

Episode 009 - Culture Centric Leadership-Jon Becker

September 18th, 2020

How culture is a force multiplier for your tactical team and organizations.

Brent and Marcus from CATO interview Aardvark CEO Jon Becker. Jon is part philosopher, part warrior, and fully committed to excellence in his personal and professional life. He has presented his philosophy on leadership to CATO's Strategic Leadership Program and at our annual CATO Conference, and written articles on it for CATO's magazine and other publications. In this podcast, Jon discusses lessons learned from tactical legends that he applies to his business model. Specifically, what people look for in a leader, how to create the right culture for your team, and how seeking strong personalities for your team is the key to success.

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Episode 008 - Finding Hope in History - Mike Wood

September 4th, 2020

Brent and Marcus sit down with Mike Wood and discuss how history can provide understanding and hope for the challenges that law enforcement faces today. They discuss the similarities and differences between the current protests throughout our nation and those of the late 1960s. Mike is part warrior, historian, author, and philosopher. His historical perspective can provide context and hope for those of us on the line during these tumultuous times.

Mike Wood is the son of a 30-year California Highway Patrolman and the author of Newhall Shooting: A Tactical Analysis, the highly-acclaimed study of the 1970 California Highway Patrol gunfight in Newhall, California. Mike is an Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, and a retired US Air Force pilot with over 26 years of service. He’s a certified law enforcement firearms instructor in Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle disciplines, serves as a member of the Editorial Board at, and has written the “Tactical Analysis” column at since 2014. Mike's the Senior Editor at, and has been a featured guest on the Excellence In Training Academy, Firearms Nation, and American Warrior Society podcasts, as well as several radio and television programs. He’s grateful for the opportunity to speak with The CATO Podcast. 

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