Thursday, August 20, 2015

OODA Loop


John Boyd, America's iconoclastic version of Sun Tzu, changed modern military strategy forever by incorporating Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics into the concept of OODA (Observe/Orient/Decide & Act Loop) a methodology describing how Situational Awareness works, a concept used not only by nearly every military organization in the world but also by businesses and individuals needing to see how reality works at deep level. As per SA, check out how Jason Bourne uses it in a real life situation.


In conclusion, it seems Boyd's amazing concept is like Zen and the Way of Tao in explaining why being in the moment is essential if one is to succeed in the rapidly changing times of the 21st century.

Last but not least, Boyd's masterful essay Destruction & Creation succinctly describes how OODA works in the real world. Not to be missed IMHO. :)

Addendum: The Essence of Winning & Losing pdf explains the OODA Loop diagram in detail.


John R. Boyd

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