Posted on March 31st, 2020
The Norwegian Defense University has just published a new version of "Boyd’s OODA Loop" in their journal, Necesse, edited by Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. I had thought that the previous version was about as close to perfection as can be found on this Earth, but alas Necesse is a peer-reviewed journal, and "Reviewer No. 2" ripped it to shreds. After I calmed down, it was clear that Number 2 was right. So the edition published in the...
Posted on March 17th, 2020
Inner conflict: Dragons and OODA loops
My fascination with dragons started when as a boy. I’ve heard that a crane would beat a snake, deflecting and countering with its beak, that tiger beats crane, overcoming its defences with a flurry of paws, that snake beats tiger, finding a gap for precision strike, and that dragon beats them all, having four legs as a tiger, tail as a snake and long neck as a crane.
Posted on July 6th, 2019
October 9, 1998
Comment: #199 Reference: "Genghis John," Proceeding of the US Naval Institute,
July 1997. Attached.It should now be clear to most readers of this list the
Defense Department is not adapting to the changing conditions brought about
by the end of the Cold War: We have a modernization plan that can not modernize
the force structure, a readiness nose dive, and a corrupt accounting...
Posted on June 28th, 2019
Boyd's Place in Modern StrategyThe Strategic Importance of
Boyd and the OODA LoopJust as (Edward) Luttwak's logic of paradox permeates all levels
and kinds of conflict, so Boyd's loop can apply to the operational, strategic,
and political levels of war, as well as to tactics for aerial dogfights. Boyd's theory claims that the key to success in conflict is to operate inside the opponent's decision cycl...
Posted on June 27th, 2019
The Changing Face of War:
Into the Fourth GenerationWilliam S. Lind, Colonel
Keith Nightengale (USA),
Captain John F. Schmitt (USMC), Colonel Joseph W. Sutton (USA),
and Lieutenant Colonel Gary I. Wilson (USMCR)
October 1989, Pages 22-26The peacetime soldier's principal task is to prepare effectively
for the next war. In order to do so, he must anticipate what the next war will be
like. This is a difficult ...