John Boyd – The Man and His Contributions

From Pointer, the Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces


John Boyd was a first-rate fighter pilot, engineer and scholar. The intellectual leader of the US Military Reform Movement, he sacrificed his career (‘retired’ as Colonel) for his beliefs and theories on manoeuvrability, Manoeuvre Warfare and OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act), which have truly passed the test of time. His arduous journey to accomplish these provides fruitful reflections for the SAF’s current transformational efforts.

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4 Responses to “John Boyd – The Man and His Contributions”

  1. maximilliangcon 20 Apr 2008 at 8:09 am 1

    Disturbing, but not in the least bit

    A beutifull illustration of an important aspect of
    what it is that Boyd and his following are up against, and continues to fight today.


    “Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.”

    “The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day,”


    “Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.”

    “Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business”

  2. maximilliangcon 20 Apr 2008 at 10:15 am 2

    Pretty good fair minded analysis.


  3. maximilliangcon 20 Apr 2008 at 10:23 am 3

    Boyd on video, for those like me who unfortunately
    missed the opportunity to ever meet the man.


  4. maximilliangcon 20 Apr 2008 at 10:29 am 4

    Lind On Boyd.
    “Bureaucratic Tactics”