COL John Boyd

Weapon Proficiency: John Boyd's Mastery of the Hun

Spartan Cops have great information on there site, including several articles on COL John Boyd's theories. They have been gracious enough to allow me to link the articles here on the LESC site.

This article speaks to dedication and perseverance it takes to continuously strive to learn and evolve as a law enforcement officer in master all your skills. Take a look.


When Sun-Tzu met Clausewitz: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and the invasion of Iraq by Dan Ford

A great article by Dan Ford on COL John Boyd’s OODA Loop which will help those new to Boyd theories in understanding the methodology of decision making via the Boyd Cycle at a much deeper level than just a simple cycle of OBSERVATION-ORIENTATION-DECISION & ACTION. When Sun-tzu met Clausewitz: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and the invasion of Iraq

The Boyd Cycle Observation: Modes of Perception and Sharpening "Orientation" by Listening

“In rage deaf as the sea, hasty as fire!” ~Shakespeare King Richard II

The Case Head Publishes Article By Fred Leland Take The Initiative...Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

The Case Head the official publication of the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors & Armorers Association has published my article Take the Initiative…Observe, Orient, Decide and Act an article I wrote to enhance “Officer Survival” through learning, understanding and applying the Boyd Cycle and making sound decisions on the street.

What the Hell Does Sun Tzu and Col John Boyd Got to do With IT?


I am often asked by those in the law enforcement and security  professions; Freddie what the hell does Sun Tzu’s theories such as;

Critical Decision Making Under Pressure: The Complete Article

Decisions in rapidly changing dangerous circumstances are made at times without thought. I have heard and even uttered the words myself, "I didn't think about it." I just acted." We just did what had to be done."

Can that be true? Can those of us involved in extreme situations where life and death are at stake actually make decisions without thinking, without analyzing options, intuitively?

The answer is clearly yes.

The Boyd Cycle Observation: Modes of Perception, the Origin of Knowledge via the Senses...and Truly Trained Observers!

TREBLE SECURITY In this post I would like to begin the process of describing each phase of the OODA Loop starting with Observation. As law enforcement and security officers we are often referred to as “trained observers” I have often thought when, where and how did we become worthy of this title “trained observer”? The true answer is, this is not the case in fact there is very little training in this area for the vast majority of police and security professionals.

The Boyd Cycle...the Crux of Success and Survival

ooda_loop_1 Col John Boyd described conflict as “time competitive observation, orientation, decision and action cycles.” This model of thought, learning and decision making is called the OODA Loop.

Boyd's Moral, Mental and Physical Dimensions of Conflict: Interact-Isolate...and Understand!

JOE COLD STREAM 2 As a law enforcement officer and prior military man, my experience and training to deal with dynamic encounters always stemmed around the physical realm of conflict.

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