All Things John Boyd
A Discourse on Winning and Losing
Who is John Boyd and why should you care? Here’s what former Defense Secretary Robert Gates had to say about Boyd in 2010:
“As a 30-year-old captain, he rewrote the manual for air-to-air combat and earned the nickname “40-second” Boyd for the time it took him to win a dogfight. Boyd and the reformers he inspired would later go on to design and advocate for the F-16 and the A-10. After retiring, he developed the principals of maneuver warfare that were credited by a former Marine Corps commandant and a secretary of defense for the lightning victory of the first Gulf War.”
John Boyd was more than that, he was a revolutionary and one of the brightest minds of our times. He challenged the status quo with brilliant new ways of looking at things. He challenged all those around him to do so as well. He did not tolerate careerists and “hangers-on:” everyone was expected to think and contribute. Boyd did not conform, but rather transformed those people and those programs fortunate enough to have him as a friend or colleague. As a result of his refusal to conform, he was not well liked, especially by his careerist military peers; however, Boyd’s ideas are alive and well and flourishing in the most unlikely places:
- Soccer coaches are using his theories to teach kids how to play the game.
- Political consultants use his ideas in campaigns. (I’m guessing this would amuse him.)
- Drug manufacturers are using his theories to improve the quality and speed to market of life-saving drugs.
- Police and other first responders are using his methods to better prepare for crisis situations, with improved survival statistics.
- Companies are using his ideas on team building to operate more effectively and efficiently.
- Abstract (116 KB)
- Conceptual Spiral (161 KB)
- Abstract of the Discourse and Conceptual Spiral (413KB pdf)
Destruction and Creation
- PDF (140 KB)
Patterns of Conflict
Strategic Game of ? and ?
Organic Design for Command and Control
The Essence of Winning and Losing
- PDF (64 KB)
- PDF (12 KB)
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