By Frans P.B. Osinga

John Boyd is frequently identified solely for the so-called ‘OODA’ loop version he constructed. This version refers to a decision-making approach and to the concept army victory is going to the part that could entire the cycle from statement to motion the quickest.

This ebook goals to redress this situation and re-examines John Boyd’s unique contribution to strategic idea. via highlighting varied resources that formed Boyd’s considering, and by means of supplying a accomplished review of Boyd’s paintings, this quantity demonstrates that the typical interpretation of the that means of Boyd’s OODA loop proposal is incomplete. It additionally exhibits that Boyd’s paintings is far extra accomplished, richer and deeper than is usually suggestion. together with his rules that includes within the literature on community Centric war, a key section of the U.S. and NATO’s so-called ‘military transformation’ programmes, in addition to within the debate on Fourth new release conflict, Boyd maintains to exert a powerful impact on Western army considering. Dr Osinga demonstrates how Boyd’s paintings can is helping us to appreciate the hot strategic threats within the publish- September 11 international, and establishes why John Boyd will be considered as some of the most vital (post)modern strategic theorists.

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