Archive for April, 2008

The Art of War, trans. Thomas Huynh

The Art of War – Spirituality for Conflict Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Translated by Thomas Huynh and the Editors at Annotations by Thomas Huynh Foreword by Marc Benioff Preface by Thomas Cleary (Woodstock, VT: Skylight Illuminations) 210 pp. DNI Review by Chet Richards, editor April 30, 2008

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RFI: 2008 Boyd/5GW/RC

Request for interest, that is. There is an opportunity to hold a short, intense seminar on the applicability of Boyd’s ideas, particularly operating inside the OODA loop and grand strategy (sustaining our own morale and attracting the uncommitted), on the weekend of September 20 and 21 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI. […]

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Ready, Aim, Misfire!

Inside Washington National Journal, Sat. Apr. 26, 2008 By Elaine M. Grossman Can Army artillery units hit the side of a barn? Maybe not, according to a troubling internal memo sent this month to Army Chief of Staff George Casey by three former brigade commanders. “The once-mighty ‘King of Battle’ ” is a “dead branch […]

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The Next Adaptive Leadership Conference

We haven’t scheduled it, yet.  But the last one was such a big success that we’ve had a lot of inquiries about doing another. If you’d like to get on the mailing list for the next conference, please send an e-mail to Joy Finch at Greenville (SC) Tech.

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SECDEF Gates honors John Boyd

 An unconventional era of warfare requires unconventional thinkers. It’s a cliché that Boyd would never receive his due from The Establishment. So it is with great pleasure that I can report that the Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, paid a stirring tribute to John today at Maxwell Air Force Base. Here is the section […]

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Selecting for Auftragstaktik

The Norwegian Navy is doing some interesting work in developing tools to measure how well individuals and groups are able to function under a climate that encourages mission-type orders. The development of such a climate is a component of the Joint Operational Doctrine of the Norwegian Armed Forces.

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On War #258: A Confirming Moment

By William S. Lind When Iraqi Prime Minister al-Kerensky sent his “army” to fight the Mahdi Army in Basra, President Bush called it “a defining moment.” It turned out instead to be a confirming moment. It confirmed that there is no state in Mesopotamia. One of the most common signs that America’s leadership is clueless […]

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John Boyd – The Man and His Contributions

From Pointer, the Journal of the Singapore Armed Forces Excerpt: 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 […]

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The Art of Nonlearning in the Real World

Chuck Spinney Marmaris, Turkey 13 April 2008 The administration’s theory and practice of grand strategy can be summarized by the sound byte, “You are either with us or against us.” But the art of grand strategy is far more subtle than this. The late American strategist, Col John R. Boyd (USAF Ret) evolved five criteria […]

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On travel

until 20 April.  Postings and comment moderation will be sporadic.

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