John Boyd Case Study

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BACKGROUND PAPER

ON

JOHN BOYD

1. Colonel John Boyd was a United States Air Force pilot who retired in 1975. He had gained the nickname “Forty second Boyd” because he bet, that in forty seconds, he could defeat any attacker from a disadvantaged position. He went on to develop maneuverability strategies and also help designed aircraft such as the f16. Throughout John Boyd’s career, he has demonstrated that he is a good leader by showing initiative, being proactive, and demonstrating good communication. 2. An Idea means nothing if it is not acted upon. Someone could have an idea to end world hunger but if it is not acted upon, it will be completely useless. A good leader will take an idea and take action to first see if it works and
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During College he also came up with the idea f E-M Theory which stands for energy maneuverability theory. This theory enabled pilots to evaluate the potential energy of themselves and their opponents. He showed initiative once again by teaming up with mathematician Thomas Christie to study the theory with U.S. and Soviet aircraft. This study led to improvements in the requirements for new fighter developments such as the f-15 and f-16. Because of John Boyd’s obsession with areal combat and taking initiative with his ideas, The U.S. has the best aircraft and trained pilots in the …show more content…
By teaching the OODA loop, John Boyd has helped people learn how to be proactive in decision making by spelling out a process that is adaptable to any situation. The first O stands for observe. This means you should gather any and all relevant information for the situation. The second O stands for Orient and means that you need to analyze the information and use it to change the situation. The D in the acronym means decide and means that you need to create a course of action or a plan rather for how to solve the problem. Finally, A for act means that you need to follow through with your plan and make sure it is working. If its not working you need to adapt and start the loop again. It is called a loop because it is a constant process that is adapting based on new

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