Military theories[ edit ] During the early s, Boyd, together with Thomas Christiea civilian mathematician, created the Energy-Maneuverability theoryor E-M theory of aerial combat.
On the Road to a Hollow Military: To help get you going, this page lists a few references that I can vouch for. A short introduction to the man and his theories; this is my personal remembrance written shortly after Boyd's death for the Proceedings of the Naval Institute, This is the corpus of Boyd's work -- and it is highly idiosyncratic and not for the faint hearted; nevertheless, the Compendium is the final authority on what Boyd said about his theories.
The briefings of conflict and the OODA Loop in the Compendium are grounded in, and wedged between two documents explaining Colonel Boyd's theory of how knowledge evolves and grows: Destruction and Creation and in his final briefing, Conceptual Spiral These two documents should be thought of as the intellectual bookends to his three briefings of conflict -- i.
Some readers may find it difficult to relate these briefings -- especially his discussion of the OODA loop -- to the abstract foundational ideas expressed in the 'bookend' documents. My briefing, Evolutionary Epistemologyis my personal view of how the OODA loop is grounded in and flows from Colonel Boyd's seminal paper and by extension the philosophy embodied in his briefing.
Books and extended essays -- from layman to professional: With sales approaching , this highly readable general biography is rapidly becoming a cult classic. It is by far the best and most accessible introduction to Boyd's strategic theories.
Marine Major PJ Tremblay: This is a thesis written in partial completion of a masters degree; it provides an excellent and readable introduction to the use of an OODA Loop as a frame of reference at the tactical level of combat.
Tremblay actually used Boyd's ideas in both the planning and execution of a stunningly successful tactical assault by a reinforced infantry company in Afghanistan. This thesis earned Major Tremblay the Colonel F.
The award is made annually to the Marine infantry officer at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College whose Master of Military Studies paper demonstrates the greatest depth of scholarship, clarity, and originality.
Chester Richards, Certain to Win: This short book is a highly readable and original application of Boyd's strategic ideas to economics and business. Written by a close associate and long time friend of John Boyd after Boyd's death, it is grounded in the author's collaborative work with Boyd that began in the mid s and continued until Boyd's death.
It is a great introduction to the generality of Boyd's strategic ideas. Grant Hammond, The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security: An introduction and discourse of Boyd's strategic thinking by a national security academic for national security academics; it is based on extensive interviews with Boyd.
Franz Osinga, Science, Strategy, and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd: This book grew out of a PhD dissertation by a Dutch fighter pilot. I recommend that readers become familiar with the works in Boyd Compendium before diving into this book.
James Fallows, National Defense: Written in and out of print, this was the first book length treatment of the military reform movement, of which Boyd was the acknowledged leader.The best starting point for understanding Boyd’s views on creativity and innovation is an essay called “Destruction and Creation.” It’s considered his most successful intellectual.
The Strategic Theory of John Boyd Proefschrift ter verkrijging van de graad van Doctor aan de Universiteit Leiden, The essay Destruction and Creation was written in This forms the philosophical foundation for his proposition that uncertainty pervades everything.
It is a window to Boyd’s mind, according to Robert. A Discourse on Winning and Losing. Introducing. core ideas & themes. Of. Boyd’s ‘Theory of intellectual evolution and growth’ • Essay Destruction and Creation. A Symbiotic Relationship: The OODA Loop, Intuition, and Strategic Thought by Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey N.
Rule John Boyd into the curriculum of professional military education (PME). It is time for a paradigm shift and Destruction and Creation. Destruction and Creation: by John R. Boyd 5/7/09 AM. DESTRUCTION AND CREATION.
Destruction and Creation. The best starting point for understanding Boyd’s views on creativity and innovation is an essay called “Destruction and Creation.” It’s considered his most successful intellectual.