John Boyd

John Boyd, widely regarded as among the most influential of modern military thinkers, developed a theory of effective action in dynamic situations. Called by Boyd the "OODA Loop" it consists of four steps

  • Observe -- Using your senses, pay attention to current reality.
  • Orient -- Conceptuualize, determining the identity and significance of the entities and actions you observed.
  • Decide -- Choose what you will do.
  • Act -- Take action.

The loop is run in an iterative process to stay in context with reality, no matter how rapidly a context is changing, adjusting the speed of iteration to the dynamism of the context, so that one is alsways conceptualizing, deciding, and acting on the basis of reality.

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John Boyd

John Boyd

John Boyd's OODA Loop restated and expanded in Objectivist terminology

John Boyd's OODA Loop restated and expanded in Objectivist terminology