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Old July 21, 2020, 10:43 PM
Dien Rice Dien Rice is offline
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Default OODA loops and other military strategies...

Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post
Thanks Dien,

Most comprehensive article I've read in a long time. Some great ideas and some reflections of...

THE POA, the pyramid of accomplishment, as it shows, the faster the adjustment, the closer to the goal, the faster time goes.

Anyhow, very good. BOOKMARKED, and will study this one for awhile.
Hi Gordon,

I agree... it's a great article on OODA loops!

I went and read more OODA loop articles afterwards (and I have read many in the past)...

99% of OODA loop articles don't even cover getting "inside" your opponent's OODA loop... and then beating them from doing that...

Yet - as I understand it now - that's the whole point!

Without that important detail, the OODA loop sounds kind of lame (when it actually isn't, it's just misunderstood)...

Roderic Yapp does the best job I've ever seen in explaining it...

(Part of the problem is - John Boyd never wrote any manuals or books about the OODA loop...)

Best wishes,


P.S. Like you, I can now see amazing links to other approaches (including military strategies) I've read about...

Like to guerrilla warfare strategy... Which is all about getting inside the opponent's OODA loop, through speed and surprise... Then disappearing before they can react...

Like to Liddell-Hart's "indirect approach"... This military strategy also gets inside the enemy's OODA loop, again through surprise and the unexpected...

Or even to this quote from Sun Tzu...

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

"If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

"If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

...which makes a lot of sense in the context of John Boyd's OODA loops...!

Best wishes,

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