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When Sun-tzu met Clausewitz: the OODA Loop and the invasion of Iraq
 
 

When Sun-tzu met Clausewitz: the OODA Loop and the invasion of Iraq [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Ford
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John Boyd was a fighter pilot in the Korean War, an instructor at the US Air Force Fighter Weapons School, and arguably America's greatest military thinker of the 20th Century. His concept of the OODA Loop helped guide the US military during two wars against Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This 4000-word 'long essay' was originally prepared for the War in the Modern World program at King's College London by Daniel Ford, an American journalist and historian. First Kindle edition 2009; revised 2012. With illustrations, source notes, and bibliography. (This essay has now been incorporated into a new and longer version under the title A Vision So Noble.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 291 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publisher: Warbird Books; Revised edition (16 Jan 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RCTCCC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Daniel Ford is a journalist, novelist, and historian based in New Hampshire, USA. He is the author of 'Incident at Muc Wa', the Vietnam story that became the acclaimed Burt Lancaster film, 'Go Tell the Spartans', and two other novels with a military-historical twist. He wrote the definitive history of the American Volunteer Group--the Flying Tigers of Burma and China--and several other non-fiction books, most recently the story of a young Polish girl's odyssey through the Russian Gulag to find safe haven in England, where they met as students at the University of Manchester. Dan also writes for the Wall Street Journal, Air&Space / Smithsonian, and Michigan War Studies Review. In 2010 he acquired an advanced degree from the War Studies programme at King's College London. (Photo by Liz Handy)

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The research paper (modified version of an MSc term paper from the author's Kings College course) is a short homage to John Boyd and his OODA Loop. While the author attempts a surface conection to some other historical military thinkers, this aspect comes rather short - it really only is about the OODA loop.

What you get is an abridged introduction into the OODA - observe, orient, decide, and act - loop and how this was applied to the invasion of Iraq (primarily focused on the 1991 one). The paper is hardly a balanced account of the theory, nor is it a comparison against other copeting schools of military thought.

While an OK short introduction to the subject, you will learn similar amount on the OODA loop from public sources online, or alternatively from a more focused book on the subject.

Sadly this is one of the author's weaker attempts but at the same time do not judge his other books based on this - his Incident at Muc Wa (Go Tell the Spartans) A Story of the Vietnam War is still one of the best accounts of the early US involvement in Vietnam and he has written several others on various military subjects, which are quite interesting, too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but one sided 27 Feb 2013
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The piece while displaying some interesting links between contemporary, modern and ancient theories of warfare or models of decision making pertaining to conflict does read rather more like a homage to the OODA loop rather than a balance article.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Boyd's theories in action 16 Oct 2013
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Despite being one of the most seminal military thinkers of the 20th Century, or maybe because of it, John Boyd never rose above colonel in the US Air Force. But his ideas profoundly influenced military science and military action in the 20th and 21st centuries. One of his key concepts was the OODA (Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action) loop and how it could be used to completely unhinge the opposition. It was used with great success by the Americans and the allies in both Gulf Wars.

This is an expanded essay by a military historian and expert on Boyd which explains the basis of Boyd's theories and how they have been applied.
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