Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd

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Routledge, Jan 24, 2007 - History - 336 pages
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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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John Boyd was probably the 20th Century's greatest strategic thinker. A jet fighter pilot in the Korean war combat trainer, he managed to cross a number of other disparate disciplines including ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 The seeds of a theory and the fertile soil
20
Boyds fountain
52
4 Completing the shift
86
5 Core arguments
128
6 Exploration and refinement
189
7 Completing the loop
234
Annexes
258
Notes
260
Select bibliography
292
Index
304
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