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Not So Fast! Boyd OODA Looping Is More Than Speed



The name “John Boyd” and the term “OODA Loop” are probably familiar to many of the readers of this blog. I’ve mentioned one or the other in 2006, 2007, 2009 (twice), and 2014. Boyd was a fighter pilot in the Korean war and revolutionized thinking on topics like fighter design and military strategy.

His OODA loop — an acronym for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act — is the contribution that escaped from the military sphere into other fields of thought. In a world that has finally realized prevention eventually fails, the need for a different strategy is being appreciated. I’ve noticed an increasing number of vendors invoke Boyd and his OODA loop as an answer.

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