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When Sun-tzu Met Clausewitz: The OODA Loop and the Invasion of Iraq by [Ford, Daniel]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Warbird Books; 2017 edition (16 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RCTCCC
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Vision Indeed... 25 Nov. 2016
By Glen R. Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read Boyd, Von Clausewitz and even Sun Tzu, Michael Porter and D'Aveni... I thought I was alone in embracing and merging their philosophies... Especially the element of mastering tempo in engagement. This essay makes it very clear that my grasp was firm and the ideas are quite sound... Thank you for this...
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Boyd's theories in action 16 Oct. 2013
By Rick Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Orientation to John Boyd's Theory 26 Mar. 2017
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A quick guide to how John Boyd created the OODA Loop and how it has become conventional wisdom for Military strategist today.
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