A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's War on Terror

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9781451589818: A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's War on Terror

John Boyd was America's greatest military theorist of the past hundred years. Best known for his formulation of the OODA Loop, Colonel Boyd was an original thinker in air-to-air combat, warplane design, and the fluid, mobile style of combat known to the Germans as blitzkrieg and to the US Army as "maneuver warfare." But what of the costly, drawn-out rebellions that baffled America in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq? In this short book, Daniel Ford applies Boyd's thinking to the problem of counter-insurgency. Boyd found many similarities between "blitzers" and insurgents, and he recommended that we turn their own tactics against them.

"A brilliant distillation" -- "Retired Reader" on Amazon.com)

This is an expanded version of Ford's graduate thesis for the War Studies program at King's College London. About 21,000 words, with illustrations including reproductions of Boyd's original sketch of the OODA Loop.

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When the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, I obsessively watched the video feeds from "embedded" reporters and realized that my understanding of U.S. Army tactics was sadly outdated, based as it was on my own military service and a stint as a war correspondent in Vietnam. So I enrolled in an online "programme" at King's College London, designed for mid-career officers in the British Army. My fellow students were about equally divided between those men -- captains and majors, many of them actually deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan -- and officers and civilians from other nations, from Norway to Singapore.

I particularly enjoyed our study of Clausewitz, and with the guidance of David Betz, my tutor, and a Canadian whose background was rather similar to mine, I began to explore the ways in which military strategy could be adapted to the problem of counter-insurgency. For my thesis, I drove to Quantico, Virginia, and steeped myself in the papers of John Boyd, a self-taught genius who evolved from a fighter pilot to a master of grand strategy, and whose writings have drastically changed the thinking of military forces around the world.

David urged me to publish the result, so here it is.

About the Author:

Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime reading and writing about the wars of the past hundred years, from the Irish rebellion of 1916 to the counter-guerrilla operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is best known for his history of the American Volunteer Group--the 'Flying Tigers' of the Second World War--and his Vietnam novel that was filmed as Go Tell the Spartans, starring Burt Lancaster. Most recently, he has turned to the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Germany and Soviet Russia. Most of his books and many shorter pieces are available for Amazon's Kindle ebook reader. He lives and works in New Hampshire.

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