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A Vision So Noble: John Boyd, the OODA Loop, and America's War on Terror Paperback – May 4, 2010

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"Ford's treatment of the OODA loop is particularly helpful and may be the best explication available." (Michael Myers on Amazon.com)

"A brilliant distillation" (Retired Reader on Amazon.com)

"The book is a great synthesis of a lot of different information. Even if you don't agree with some of the author's conclusions, his clear presentation of Boyd's theories are worth the price. If you are new to this topic, you can't go wrong starting here. If you've already spent time with the OODA loop, I think you'll still find this helpful." (DDC on Amazon.com)

From the Author

When the United States and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, I obsessively watched the video feeds from "embedded" reporters and realized that my understanding of U.S. Army tactics was sadly outdated, based as it was on my own military service and a stint as a war correspondent in Vietnam. So I enrolled in an online "programme" at King's College London, designed for mid-career officers in the British Army. My fellow students were about equally divided between those men -- captains and majors, many of them actually deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan -- and officers and civilians from other nations, from Norway to Singapore.

I particularly enjoyed our study of Clausewitz, and with the guidance of David Betz, my tutor, and a Canadian whose background was rather similar to mine, I began to explore the ways in which military strategy could be adapted to the problem of counter-insurgency. For my thesis, I drove to Quantico, Virginia, and steeped myself in the papers of John Boyd, a self-taught genius who evolved from a fighter pilot to a master of grand strategy, and whose writings have drastically changed the thinking of military forces around the world.

David urged me to publish the result, so here it is.

Product details

  • Paperback : 74 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1451589816
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1451589818
  • Item Weight : 3.84 ounces
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 4, 2010)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.17 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 27 ratings
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