John Boyd's Patterns of Conflict Part 3

The importance of John Boyd's "Patterns of Conflict" cannot be overstated. It changed the military, the business world, and even sports forever. Col Boyd was the most influential military thinker the United States ever produced. He delivered this brief hundreds of times in the 1970's and 1980's to lawmakers, military officials, legislative staffers, and anyone else willing to devote the time to listen. A video recording of him delivering the complete brief has recently been converted into digital form to make it more accessible to modern audiences. This version combines the raw video with an updated version of Col Boyd's briefing slides to provide the viewer an opportunity to experience this amazing piece of work.

In Part 3 of Patterns of Conflict, Col. Boyd discusses historical patterns of Sun Tzu, Hannibal, Alexander, Genghis Khan and more ancient leaders to show how they lead and maneuvered their people into position in an effort to exploit exposed weaknesses in adversaries. This is done by exploiting leadership, intelligence, communication and mobility to get inside an adversary OODA Loop.

What does this mean to police?

What this means to police officers responding to calls for service and crisis situations, which are all too often nothing more than an emotional pedal to the metal, pull up front and charge to the front door mentality. When, the more effective option, would be, a strategic and tactical approach. An approach where we are controlling our emotions and maintaining calmness in an effort to position ourselves and set up our adversary so he realizes he has no choice but to come around to our way of thinking. If not, we are still prepared by our prior positioning to take any further physical action that is sound, reasonable and necessary.

Stay Oriented!

Fred