Putting Orient Back into OODA

The latest edition of The Tactical Wire is the Concealed Carry Special Edition. It includes an article about the OODA Cycle that I authored.

The OODA cycle, frequently referred to as the OODA Loop, was developed by the late Colonel John R. Boyd, USAF. The OODA cycle has subsequently become highly influential in thinking about how to conduct combat operations at all levels from the tactical to the grand strategic. It is often simplistically depicted with only four components in a circle, although that hardly does justice to the depth of Boyd’s thought.

What it’s not is what is so often pictured.

my simplistic ooda

A better way to look at it would be this:

Orient tactical basic inputs 2

The article is my explanation of why. There are several other good articles also.


5 responses

  1. There must be a way to enlarge my computer screen —- I don’t now how.  Any way it is impossible for me to read the lettering in the second diagram you provide in your last article.  I’d like to read it. Thanks

    1. Wayne, if you click on the graphic, it should bring up a larger version.

  2. Thanks Claude,
    Took my thoughts back to my military training, applications to personal defense with the same thoughts processes.

  3. Reblogged this on disturbeddeputy and commented:
    Know and use the OODA cycle and color code of awareness levels. You life depends on it.

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