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Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd
by Frans P.B. Osinga
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John Boyd is often known exclusively for the so-called 'OODA' loop model he developed. This model refers to a decision-making process and to the idea that military victory goes to the side that can complete the cycle from observation to action the fastest. This book aims to redress this state of affairs and re-examines John Boyd's original contribution to strategic theory. By highlighting diverse sources that shaped Boyd's thinking, and by offering a comprehensive overview of Boyd's work, this volume demonstrates that the common interpretation of the meaning of Boyd's OODA loop concept is incomplete. It also shows that Boyd's work is much more comprehensive, richer and deeper than is generally thought. With his ideas featuring in the literature on Network Centric Warfare, a key element of the US and NATO's so-called 'military transformation' programmes, as well as in the debate on Fourth Generation Warfare, Boyd continues to exert a strong influence on Western military thinking. Dr Osinga demonstrates how Boyd's work can helps us to understand the new strategic threats in the post- 9/11 world, and establishes why John Boyd should be regarded as one of the most important (post)modern strategic theorists.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)355.4092 — Social sciences Public Administration, Military Science Military Science Tactics and strategy Biography And History Biography
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Boyd's Observe, Orient, Decide and Act Loop concept distills in a very simple and memorable concept a great deal of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom about how people and organizations can better manage and process information about the world to make effective decisions in competitive environments. This has certainly helped my understanding of how knowledge is constructed and works in living entities and people.
Frans P.B Osinga is an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and was a jet fighter pilot before completing this study as part of his work for a PhD thesis. In this compact book Osinga has done an excellent job of searching out and explaining how Boyd came by his wisdom, as well as providing an excellent summary and analysis of Boyd's major presentations. I recommend the book to anyone interested in military strategy and history, organizational management, or the theory of knowledge, ( )