COL John Boyd

Podcast from Professional Military Education: John Boyd, Maneuver Warfare, and Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication-1

I listened to a great podcast over at the Professional Military Education site, John Boyd, Maneuver Warfare and MCDP-1 Warfighting which I feel will add great value for those wanting to understand Boyd's ideas, what maneuver actually is and how its used to gain position of advantage and get inside the mind of an adversary. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Police Responses Demands Constant and Repeated Action...Throughout the Tactical Encounter

I listened to a great podcast this morning on John Boyd and Maneuver Warfare which lead me to a great article by the guest Major Ian Brown titled Opening the Loop in which he explains the importance of being able to open up the OODA Loop when according with an adversary. This is a very important concept to understand and be able to apply in policing as well.

What was Boyd Thinking and...What Can Policing Learn From It?

I just had to share this piece and great illustration on John Boyd's work from Chet Richards's site Slightly East of New. All too often in policing we play follow the follower when it comes to new ideas, strategy and tactics.

Tactics Are They More High Diddle, Diddle Straight Up the Middle the Devil Be Damned or Maneuver and Boyd Cycling an Adversary?

Police training, too often has focused its tactical training on developing the physical skills of police. This has them learning tactics as a series of formulas, starting in recruit training. Tactics are defined as the how to of things for example; response to domestic violence calls, car stop tactics (unknown and high risk), robberies, school shooting response, gang violence, etc.

Complacency and False Sense of Urgency: Why We Fail to Take Advantage of The Last Hundred Yards?

The problem is complacency. We have all seen it. Yet we underestimate its power and its prevalence. Highly destructive complacency is, in fact, all around us, including in places where people would deny it, deny it, and deny it still more.

Patterns of Conflict Pt 1


The importance of John Boyd's "Patterns of Conflict" cannot be overstated. It changed the military, the business world, and even sports forever. Policing is now using Boyd's ideas to improve their decision making and to develop fair and impartial policing methods that include procedural justice. Police are now considering how their strategy, operations and tactics effect Boyd's moral, mental and physical levels of conflict.

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