OODA Loop

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.

COL John Boyd: Building Snowmobiles and a Fine-tuned Situational Awareness

Snowmobile When reading COL John Boyd’s theories one will find it is based on constant exploration and refinement.

Boyd's: Destruction and Creation: Mental Patterns Shaped and Reshaped.Improve Our Capacity for Independent Action. Adapt & Win!

jrboyd-photo “In a world of limited resources and skills, individuals and groups form, dissolve and reform their cooperative or competitive postures in a continuous struggle to remove or overcome physical and social environmental obstacles.

Part 2: Recognizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger

By a man's fingernails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the calluses of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuffs, by his movements, by each of these things a man's calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent enquirer in any case is almost inconceivable." ~Sherlock Holmes, 1892, from the Definitive Book of Body Language

Recognizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger - Part 1

"In seeing victory, not going beyond what everyone knows is not skilled. Victory in battle that all under heaven calls skilled is not skilled. Thus lifting an autumn hair does not mean great strength. Seeing the sun and the moon does not mean a clear eye. Hearing thunder does not mean a keen ear. So-called skill is to be victorious over the easily defeated. Thus the battles of the skilled are without extraordinary victory, without reputation for wisdom and without merit for courage."

Re-Visiting Boyd: Applying OODA and Maneuver Concepts by Douglas Anderson Beloit, WI Police Department

Re-visiting Boyd: Applying OODA and Maneuver Concepts

Sharpening Orientation and Decision Making

Continued learning, training, applying concepts learned and practiced in real world situations, then critiquing results to learn more; are keys to sharpening ones orientation and hence decision making. As the last post stated; "orientation is an on-going process". Not just in preparing but re-preparing (Adapting) based off the results of our actions,  our strategy and tactics used to achieve results.

Orientation: On Going Process, not a Picture.

From the Adaptive Leadership Symposium there were several key terms I picked up from the instructors. One that rung my thought process came from Chet Richards powerful presentation. He said; "Orientation is an on-going process, not a picture." I immediately thought "complacency" I have preached the word complacency over and over again while training law enforcement and security professionals.

Take the Initiative Observe-Orient-Decide and ACT!


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