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John Boyd - USAF
The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of Air Warfare
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"John Boyd is not that well known outside either the circle of people with whom he worked or students of his art of thinking—most notably exemplified by his concept of the 'OODA loop' (observe, orient, decide, and act)."
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"Simply rendered, the OODA loop is a blueprint for the manoeuvre tactics that allow one to attack the mind of an opponent, to unravel its commander even before a battle begins."  Quote source:

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John Boyd, post-retirement photo
Gravestone image from Arlington National Cemetery

Book review:
The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security
by Grant Tedrick Hammond
Reviewer: Lt Col Eric A. Ash, USAF
Copy of this review is saved >>> HERE

More links:
  • Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War: Robert Coram: Books
  • Amazon Online Reader : Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War
  • John Boyd books
  • Boyd, Robert Coram, Book - Barnes & Noble
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    John R. Boyd, Colonel, United States Air Force   via  The Arlington National Cemetery website
    Embraced most enthusiastically by the Marine Corps, Boyd's theories were critical to development of strategies that helped the United States win the Persian Gulf War of 1991; carried into the private sector, they've been adopted and adapted by businesses such as Toyota, General Electric and Wal-Mart.

    Coram, whose book "Boyd'' was three years in the making and reached bookstores last month (2002), is a veteran reporter and pilot. He argues that Boyd may have been the most important student of warfare since Sun Tzu, the Chinese scholar whose 2,400-year-old essay, "The Art of War,'' is still a touchstone for military officers.

    "Sun Tzu gave you a rulebook,'' said Mike Wyly, a retired Marine colonel who helped spread Boyd's ideas through the Corps. "What Boyd said is way more applicable in actual thinking about tactics and strategy.''

    Boyd built on Sun Tzu's teaching that the surest way to victory is to so confuse the enemy that he is rendered unable to fight. He read voraciously, simultaneously studying human behavior and the history of warfare, in particular battles in which outnumbered or ill-equipped forces defeated enemies who seemed clearly superior.

    He concluded that successful commanders managed to think and act ahead of their foes. In a briefing titled ``Patterns of Conflict'' and delivered over the years to hundreds of military and civilian officials, he broke decision-making into a continuous four-step cycle -- observe, orient, decide, act -- and demonstrated how the successful commander wins by ``getting inside the loop'' to disrupt and ultimately paralyze his opponent. 

    More at these three links:
  • John Boyd - USAF, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of Air Warfare
  • Col Boyd on Warfare - Factbites
  • Little-known pilot shaped U.S. strategy in Iraq

  • Want more about OODA?   "John Boyd" OODA - Google Search

    September 2008      Webmaster opinion:
    The rapid, successful "take-down" of the Saddam regime and military was much influenced by Colonel Boyd's ideas. Unfortunately the big shot civilian planners gave little thought to what would happen after the regime fell. That's when it all went to shit until General  Petraeus  "did the surge".
    Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
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     American feminist, abolitionist,  prohibitionist, alleged spy,
    prisoner of war, surgeon,  and the only woman to receive the  Medal of Honor
    Walker was recommended for the Medal of Honor  by generals   William Tecumseh Sherman and George Henry Thomas.  On November 11, 1865, President Andrew Johnson signed a bill to present her the medal, specifically for her services at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas).

    In 1917, the U.S. Congress, after revising the standards for award of the medal so that it could only be given to those who had been involved in "actual combat with an enemy", revoked more than 900 previously-awarded medals, including that of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.

    Although ordered to return the medal, she refused to do so and continued to wear it until her death.

    President Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously in 1977.