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#23940 - 05/01/09 12:29 AM Col. John Boyd
ExUmbris Offline
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Registered: 04/28/09
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Anyone here ever read his stuff or heard of him? This guy was a military strategist on the level of any great general you're thinking of as I mention "great generals."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boyd_(military_strategist)

Viewed as a radical by the US Airforce and basically marginalized by his branch, Boyd went on to develop concepts for combat decision making from the tactical to the strategic. His method incorporates quantum physics, thermodynamics, deductive and inductive thinking into a decision making process known as the OODA loop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_Loop

Here is a link to an essay which is a foundation of his theory: http://www.goalsys.com/books/documents/DESTRUCTION_AND_CREATION.pdf

The basic benefits you can reap from this are: Learning about how people make decisions, what to find out about them so you can anticipate the options they'll choose and how you can cut them off before they get there. Pretty good way to win in anything...

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#23978 - 05/01/09 10:39 PM Re: Col. John Boyd [Re: ExUmbris]
Michael A.Aquino Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
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Very fascinating; thanks for the links. Strange that I never heard of this officer or his ideas during my career in Special Operations. In many aspects his ideas anticipate [and are stronger than] my PSYOP theorizing in MindWar. Even anthologies such as Ron McRae's Mind Wars and W. Adam Mandelbaum's The Psychic Battlefield include nothing on Boyd, and they certainly should have.

Looks like I have some catchup to do on this fellow! Thanks again for the info.
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Michael A. Aquino

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#23992 - 05/02/09 12:53 AM Re: Col. John Boyd [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
ExUmbris Offline
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Registered: 04/28/09
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Loc: United States
No problem,
I did some time in the Army too. I had not heard of him either until I was watching a TV show about fighter aircraft. They mentioned his name and not much more, so I googled him. When I started reading about him and his work I couldn't believe he wasn't required reading. Many other countries teach his doctrine to their officers and businesses apply it as well.
-Cheers

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