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Topic: Col Boyd on Warfare

  John Boyd - USAF, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of Air Warfare
Boyd was equally famous in the classroom where he developed the "Aerial Attack Study." Until Boyd came along, fighter pilots thought that air combat was an art rather than a science; that it could never be codified.
Boyd proved them wrong when he demonstrated that for every maneuver there is a series of counter maneuvers.
Boyd was the father of the F-15, the F-16, and the F-18.
www.aviation-history.com /airmen/boyd.htm   (777 words)

 USAF Col. John Boyd
Boyd’s specialty was a maneuver called “flat-plating the bird” where you stop the aircraft in the air by pulling the stick all the way back with both hands and hold it there.
Boyd complained to Hillaker that the F-111 was underpowered and the swing-wing mechanism was too complicated to be used fast enough to sweep the wings during flight and would get fatigue and stress cracks.
Boyd’s calculations showed that the aerodynamic performance benefit gained from the swing-wing would be negated by the extra weight and drag that the system brought with it.
www.saunalahti.fi /~fta/JohnBoyd.htm   (4700 words)

 John Boyd Biography
John (Richard) Boyd (USAF) (January 23, 1927 - March 9, 1997) was a fighter pilot and military strategist of the late 20th century whose theories have been highly influential in the military and in business.
Boyd was called to Washington, D.C. in the weeks preceding the war, to develop the plan under the supervision of the then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney.
Boyd's key concept was that of the decision cycle or OODA Loop, the process by which an organization reacts to an event.
www.biographybase.com /biography/Boyd_John.html   (304 words)

 A Theory of Information Warfare
In this sense, warfare is not synonymous with "war."5 Warfare does not require a declaration of war, nor does it require existence of a condition widely recognized as "a state of war." Warfare can be undertaken by or against statecontrolled, statesponsored, or nonstate groups.
It is useful in warfare, for example, for an external adversary to know, or at least believe, that the opposing state or group is united against him or her.
In the warfare of business competition, the architect may have the means, motive, and opportunity to exploit these features to meet the objectives of the firm, whether or not the government or the state approves of these actions.
www.iwar.org.uk /iwar/resources/airchronicles/szfran.htm   (6038 words)

 Col. John R. Boyd, USAF (ret.) died in West Palm Beach Florida on Sunday, 9 March 1997. Col. Boyd had served as an ...
Boyd had served as an enlisted man from 1945 to 1947 in the Army Air Corps and as an officer in the US Air Force from 8 July 1951 to 31 August, 1975.
Boyd’s reading and thinking changed in emphasis as he attempted to blend new insights into his appreciation of the ideas and concepts that he had worked with for so long.
Boyd merely changed his temporal lens from a microscope to a telescope, from a micro setting to a macro one, from seconds to eons, from an organism to life forms and became more comfortable jumping back and forth from one to the other.
www.belisarius.com /modern_business_strategy/hammond/essential_boyd.htm   (7686 words)

 ParaPundit: John Boyd: American Warrior
Boyd was a USAF fighter pilot who has had a huge effect on aircraft fighter design, pilot training, and more broadly how the US military fights wars.
In contrast, Boyd, the Mafia's godfather and the central figure in the broader military reform movement it spawned, was a cigar-chomping, free-cursing dynamo, notorious for challenging convention and questioning authority at every level.
Boyd's first work on conflict and warfare was wholly derived from both historical research and his combat experiences in Korea.
www.parapundit.com /archives/000950.html   (4114 words)

 How Col. John Boyd Beat The Generals(Saga of a Pentagon Revolutionary)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Boyd's service in Indochina came not as a fighter pilot but as commander of a top-secret intelligence center in Thailand, a base whose activities were so sensitive that for the first three years of its operation it did not officially exist.
An autodidact, Boyd set upon a dervish-paced study of warfare from the beginning of time, engaging history's strategists such as Hannibal, Belisarius, Genghis Khan and von Clausewitz as if in a dogfight, probing the perimeters of their thought to "find the six" (identify the vulnerabilities) of their ideas.
Boyd's ideas spread like wildfire among the Marine Corps, where a new breed of restless young officers, led by Gen. Al Gray and Col. Mike Wyly, were tired of their image as knuckle-dragging infantrymen and sought glory in matching toughness with intellect.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/732364/posts   (3074 words)

 The VVA Veteran   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Boyd was a brilliant and blazingly eccentric man. He was a crackerjack jet fighter pilot, a visionary scholar, and an innovative military strategist.
Among other things, Boyd wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat, was primarily responsible for designing the F-15 and the F-16 jet fighters, was a leading voice in the post-Vietnam-War military reform movement, and shaped the smashingly successful U.S. military strategy in the Persian Gulf War.
Boyd also was a brash, combative, iconoclastic man who made enemies (and fiercely loyal acolytes) everywhere he went.
www.vva.org /TheVeteran/2002_11/books.htm   (1829 words)

 The Man to Thank: John Boyd and the OODA Loop in Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Not was he only the pilot nicknamed "40-Second" Boyd because of his standing challenge to all comers: Starting from a position of disadvantage, he'd have his jet on their tail within 40 seconds, or he'd pay out $40.
Boyd studied warfare from the beginning of time, engaging history's strategists such as Hannibal, Belisarius, Genghis Khan and von Clausewitz to find the vulnerabilities of their ideas.
Boyd's biographer, Robert Coram, says, "Simply rendered, the OODA loop is a blueprint for the manoeuvre tactics that allow one to attack the mind of an opponent, to unravel its commander even before a battle begins." (Robert Coram, Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, Little Brown and Company: 2002.
www.lexnotes.com /misc/johnboyd.htm   (2525 words)

 The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation
However, third generation warfare was conceptually developed by the German offensive in the spring of 1918.
Second generation warfare was a response to the rifled musket, breechloaders, barbed wire, the machinegun, and indirect fire.
Second generation warfare remained frontal tactically, but at least in Prussian practice it focused operationally on the enemy's rear through the emphasis on encirclement The third generation shifted the tactical as well as the operational focus to the enemy's rear.
www.cursor.org /backhome/fourth_gen.htm   (3232 words)

 Little-known pilot shaped U.S. strategy in Iraq
As brilliant an engineer as he was skilled as a pilot, Boyd played a major role in the design of the F-15 and the F-16, mainstays of the Air Force fighter fleet.
After Boyd left active duty, he developed what came to be famously known within military circles as "The Brief," a six-hour slide show of his ideas.
Cheney was secretary of defense during the first Gulf war, and he has credited Boyd's influence as a major reason he changed the battle plan for the liberation of Kuwait from a frontal assault, which could have led to many American casualties, to the "left hook" that proved so successful.
www.post-gazette.com /nation/20030321boydnatp5.asp   (1152 words)

 Information Warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Information warfare can be waged against a country's telecommunication network, its financial system, and its military communications and radar systems...but military budget systems don't support a lot of information warfare's fundamental thrusts.".
Information warfare might be achieved by the high-technology equivalent of brute force, by subversion and by a new form of deterrence.
Based upon the influence that energy sources have exerted on the evolution of warfare over the broad expanse of history, this author identifies eight basic trends that he believes will characterize "the changing face of war" through the early 21st century.
www.au.af.mil /au/aul/bibs/infowar/inforper.htm   (2342 words)

For some, Information Warfare means high-tech devices for sensing, computing and communicating digital information, and converting it to targeting data for use by artillery, missiles or other weapon systems, or to improve command and control of battlefield operations.
Information Warfare is a feature of military conflict where information systems are attacked or defended, directly or indirectly as a means to dominate, degrade or destroy, or protect or preserve data, knowledge, beliefs or combat power potential.
Electronic warfare was touch-and-go in the skies over Europe, as radar and electronics specialists on both sides competed for optimal use of the electro-magnetic spectrum.
www.herolibrary.org /iwa4web.htm   (6463 words)

 Global Guerrillas
Conventional wars are increasingly rare and markedly less bloody (due to the rise of nuclear weapons and an interconnected global economy).
The shortest path between two points in warfare is the least expected route.
Boyd was a leading thinker on 4GW and OODA loops.
globalguerrillas.typepad.com /globalguerrillas   (1351 words)

 Boyd: Foul-mouthed maverick changed the art of war   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Boyd was one of a dying breed, a pure warrior who could effectively articulate the art of war and cut through the bureaucratic BS that infests 95% of the Pentagon.
Born and raised in the working-class city of Erie, Pa., Boyd was determined at an early age to succeed, and discovered the U.S. military as the vehicle for his growth.
Boyd died of cancer in 1997 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/815334/posts   (4370 words)

 Information Warfare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Finally, information warfare may be the theater in which "operations other than war" are conducted, especially as it may permit the United States to accomplish some important national security goals without the need for forward-deployed military forces in every corner of the planet.
Information warfare is real warfare; it is about using information to create such a mismatch between us and an opponent that, as Sun Tzu would argue, the opponent's strategy is defeated before his first forces can be deployed or his first shots fired.
The target of information warfare, then, is the human mind, especially those minds that make the key decisions of war or peace and, from the military perspective, those minds that make the key decisions on if, when, and how to employ the assets and capabilities embedded in their strategic structures.
www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil /airchronicles/apj/stein.html   (3753 words)

 Boyd and Military Strategy
Commentaries on the Spring 2003 campaign in Iraq by Bill Lind, one of the creators of maneuver warfare and co-author of the original paper on fourth generation warfare.
Here is where Boyd concluded that there was something missing in his own energy-maneuverability concept and ended with the observation that "He who can handle the quickest rate of change survives." This proved to be the observation that led Boyd from air-to-air combat towards a more general theory of competition.
Because Boyd was not well known to the public (or even the military) at large, many people are unfamiliar with his career and the origins of his strategy.
www.d-n-i.net /second_level/boyd_military.htm   (1879 words)

 Some Postings by Subject - Col. John Boyd (20051013) Anne & Lynn Wheeler
Col John Boyd, USAF (Ret), coined the term and developed the concept of the 'OODA Loop' (Observation, Orientation, Decision, A
John R. Boyd, USAF (ret.) died in West Palm Beach Florida on Sunday, 9 March 1997.
Insight on the News: How Col. John Boyd beat the generals; he was first to codify air-to-air combat techniques, and his ideas now have become standard operating procedure for air forces and ground combat worldwide - Nation: heroism
www.garlic.com /~lynn/subboyd.html   (1151 words)

 Winds of Change.NET: Boyd on Moral Warfighting and Guerilla Warfare
What Boyd is suggesting is to do two things: First to reinforce the legitimacy of the government under attack, and second to do so in a way that bridges across to a fluid counter-guerilla strategy.
I don't doubt Boyd's general prescription for fighting a guerilla war, but I don't think the war on terrorism (or "bad philosophy," if you prefer) is at all a guerilla war.
In almost all cases, warfare was at the very heart of their concept of manhood and identity.
www.windsofchange.net /archives/003902.php   (3642 words)

 Blogcritics.org: Boyd and The American Way of War
John Boyd's insights into that conundrum produced some important thinking, and led to the concept of 4th Generation Warfare (4GW).
I was surprised when reading them to find that despite their differences—in approach, tone, length, documentation, official subject—they're really about the same thing: the role of character in military affairs.
Robert Coram's biography of John Boyd is about an under-appreciated pioneer in twentieth-century military tactics and strategy.
blogcritics.org /archives/2003/01/15/003416.php   (983 words)

 The RMA Debate: Asymmetric Warfare
Matrix Warfare: The New Face of Competition and Conflict in the 21st Century
"Asymmetric Warfare", The USS Cole, and the Intifada
Asymmetric Warfare, the Evolution and Devolution of Terrorism; The Coming Challenge for Emergency and National Security Forces
www.comw.org /rma/fulltext/asymmetric.html   (1599 words)

 Military Theory of War, Warfare Theory, Principles of War, Military Strategy, Theories, Theorists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
However, Clausewitz was intellectually so much the master of them, and his book so logical and fascinating, that unconsciously I accepted his finality, until a comparison of Kuhne and Foch disgusted me with soldiers, wearied me of their officious glory, making me critical of all their light.
Compound Warfare in the Military Thought and Practice of Mao Zedong and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Huai Hai Campaign (November 1948-January 1949), by Bjorge, Combat Studies Institute
Boyd and Military Theory, includes Discourse on Winning and Losing, at Defense and the National Interest website
www.au.af.mil /au/awc/awcgate/awc-thry.htm   (12956 words)

By Edward Boyd, and Special Agent Johnny Utah, pseudonymously.
Poland agreed to contribute up to 200 troops, including a logistics vessel and a few dozen members of the elite GROM commando unit, who have been in the Persian Gulf region since last year to support the U.S.-led war against terrorism.
Last week, Warsaw sent a unit specializing in the aftermath of chemical warfare.
zonitics.blogspot.com /2003_03_01_zonitics_archive.html   (11905 words)

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