COL John Boyd

Col John Boyd's Apr 1991 testimony on U.S. Military Reform After Operation Desert Storm

Benefits of Conditioning Our Decision Making...The Boyd Cycle

The Boyd Cycle reinforces individual and where cohesion exists, group or organizational  knowledge allowing us to take appropriate actions on the street.  Through observation-orientation-decision and action cycles we continually learn, unlearn and relearn on the fly allowing us to better understand the environment, and the climate of the situation.  This allows us to adapt and choose the right methods to respond with and the how and why behind the actions we take. The Boyd Cycle enhances the strategic and tactical mindset over the emotional reactive mindset. 

Superior Situational Awareness and Decision Making...Attributes And Skills of Full Spectrum Officers

“Conflicts are time Competitive Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action cycles! “~John Boyd

The essence of conflict as described in the Marine Corps Warfighting Manual is a struggle between two hostile, independent, and irreconcilable wills, trying to impose itself on the other. Conflict is fundamentally an interactive social process.

To Be or To Do: Col John Boyd's Words of Wisdom:

“Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road,” he said. “And you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go.” He raised his hand and pointed. “If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments.”

Then Boyd raised his other hand and pointed another direction.

COL John Boyd on the Essence of Winning and Losing!

“The essence of winning and losing is in learning how to shape or influence events so that we not only magnify our spirit and strength but also influence potential adversaries as well as the uncommitted so that they are drawn toward our philosophy and are empathetic towards our success.” ~Col. John Boyd

The strategic and tactical mindset should have these words from Boyd in mind while we interact with our environment  and our adversary.

"Libeling Boyd" by Joe Fouche

Colin S. Gray wrote in Modern Strategy back in 1999:


Over on JOHN BOYD America's Greatest Military Theorist John Robb has began posting articles for cops that discuss COL John Boyd's Theories as the apply to the street. His first series comes from Spartan Cops.

JOURNAL: 40 Second Boyd and the Big Picture

Great article by Bill Whittle posted at John Boyd that will give you insight into Boyd the man and his theories take a look. 


John Boyd in Action

Here's a series of video's (relatively poor quality) from a presentation by John Boyd: Posted on JOHN BOYD America's Greatest Military Theorist. Enjoy

Stay Oriented!


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