Showing all posts tagged #ooda:
Posted on December 1st, 2020
De rerum natura.
Here’s Boyd’s definition of "insight" again:
Ability to peer into and discern the inner nature or workings of things.
My first reaction when I read this was "Yawn." I mean, who wouldn’t want the talent to "peer into and discern the inner nature or workings of things"? And in fact, up until it suddenly appeared in slide 144, Boyd hadn’t attached much importance to it. Just to give one indication, he began Pattern...
Posted on December 1st, 2020
Unlikely because he was a US citizen, and then he died in March 1997. However, he has been enormously influential in British politics over the last several years.
In particular, he has been a significant source of ideas and inspiration for Dominic Cummings. Readers who are not citizens of the UK may not recognize Mr. Cummings. He ran the successful Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 Brexit referendum and now holds the position of chi...
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 ...