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John Richard Boyd

  • Birth 23 Jan 1927 Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 9 Mar 1997 West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 60, Grave 3660
  • Memorial ID 23485522

US Military Strategist, Air Force Officer. A famed innovator as a fighter pilot, aerial combat instructor, aircraft designer and procurement specialist during an Air Force career that spanned 30 years, he retired from the Air Force in 1975 and began looking at ways to reform the armed services. What emerged from his studies were two briefings, "Patterns of Conflict" and "A Discourse on Winning and Losing," presentations he gave more than 1,500 times. The ideas, words and phrases contained in these briefings, especially the Observe, Orient, Decide and Act Loop, have penetrated not only the military, but the commercial world and academic halls worldwide. The OODA Loop is now used as the standard description of decision making cycles. The US military doctrine of speed and information superiority over firepower and attrition, demonstrated during Operation Desert Storm and the ground combat phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom, flowed directly directly from Boyd's concepts.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 19 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23485522
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Richard Boyd (23 Jan 1927–9 Mar 1997), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23485522, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .