Posts Tagged ‘Strategy’

There will be a Boyd and Beyond Symposium at Marine Corps Base Quantico Virginia on October 15th and 16th 2010. The symposium will have numerous esteemed speakers from varying disciplines, discussing how the theories of COL John Boyd are applied  to the vast array of problems and threats we face.

This symposium goes beyond Boyd’s Work. His influence on other professions and individuals making efforts to more effective outcomes in their perspective fields will be the focus of the Boyd and Beyond symposium. Topics discussed will focus not only on important military issues but will, as well, take Boyd’s theories into the different professions and realms of conflict these professions deal with.  How Boyd’s theories apply and what they have done to make all more effective at solving problems via the observation. orientation, decision and action cycles.

Understanding the OODA Loop, and the effects; Interaction, Insight,  Imagination, and Initiative, Command and Influence (LEADERSHIP) have on the constant repetitive nature of the decision making cycle can when leveraged, lead to gaining the advantage or as COL John Boyd stated; the essence of winning and losing;  

The essence of winning and losing is in learning how to shape or influence events so that we not only magnify our spirit and strength but also influence potential adversaries as well as the uncommitted so that they are drawn toward our philosophy and are empathetic towards our success.”

Soldiers, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, Homeland Security Professionals, Colleges and University Safety and Security, Hospital Security, Hotel Security and private business looking to keep their workplace safe, will benefit from the lessons learned and applied at this symposium. Developing better strategies, tactics and methods and operational art to make your organization more effective in all that it does, is the type of learning that will take place at the Boyd and Beyond Symposium. 

I have the honor of attending and speaking on Boyd’s theories, translated and applied to training and education revolution going on in the Army, Marines and selected law enforcement right now . Adaptive Leadership, Recognizing the Signs and Signals of Crime and Danger and their relationship to Critical Decision Making Under Pressure and the training methodology necessary to reach this goal will be my focus. 

Here is the list of committed speakers and their topic of discussion. You can clearly see that learning, unlearning and relearning will most definitely be taking place.

Lieutenant General (Retired) Van Riper TBD
Stan Coerr Intro
Don Vandergriff Outcomes-Based T&E
Bill Bon
GI Wilson 4GW and Border Security, Gangs, cartels
Robert Coram Boyd Biography
Terry Barnhart Boyd in Corporate R&D
Fred Leland Boyd on the Street: Law Enforcement and the Signals of Crime
Dave Foster Systems: Portfolio Complexity and Fog of war
Ev Raspberry NA
Elaine Grossman  
Jim Hasik Supply chain fast transients
Mike Grice Afghanistan and OODA
Captain Linton Wells USN Maneuver in naval warfare
Art Corbett Mission Command
Bruce Jones Coast Guard
Katya Drozdova Soviets in Afghanistan: the slow transient
Chip Pearson Applying John Boyd principles to business strategy and execution
Colonel David Pearson (retired)  
William Johnson  
Mark Boblitz LTC AUS Retired  
Bob Howard?  


Anyone interested in attending contact: Stan Coerr Headquarters Marine Corps stanton.coerr@usmc.mil 

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Mr. Obama’s presidency is now being defined by four intractable problems:

(1) Persistent High Unemployment due to the intractable Great Recession

(2) a Financial Giveaway that protected rich Wall Street bankers at the expense of the masses who are suffering economically from the Great Recession the bankers triggered

(2) A BP Environmental Disaster that reveals the feckless incompetence of the Federal Gov’t — i.e., Obama’s Katrina Moment

(4) His enthusiastic embrace and expansion of the Afghan War into the AFPAK Quagmire.

Ahmed Rashid, one of the most knowledgeable observers of the AFPAK scene (and, ironically, a proponent of the AFPAK intervention) paints a thoroughly depressing picture the nature of the AFPAK quagmire in the attached blog carried by the New York Review of Books.

Petraeus’s Baby Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books (Blogs), July 14, 2010 11:15 a.m.


The surprising and speedy crash of General Stanley McCrystal has been seen in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the wider region as just one more sign of the mess that the US and its NATO allies face in what is looking increasingly like an unwinnable conflict.


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William S. Lind, 22 September 2009

The Washington Post yesterday made available an unclassified version of General Stanley McChrystal’s long-awaited report on the war in Afghanistan. Politically, the report is bold, in that it acknowledges the enemy has the initiative and we have been fighting the war – for eight years – in counterproductive ways. But intellectually, both as analysis and as prescription, it is five pounds of substance in a 50 pound bag.


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December 22, 2008

By Joe Klein

“Things have gotten a bit hairy,” admitted British Lieut. Colonel Graeme Armour as we sat in a dusty, bunkered NATO fortress just outside the city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, a deadly piece of turf along Afghanistan’s southern border with Pakistan. A day earlier, two Danish soldiers had been killed and two Brits seriously wounded by roadside bombs. The casualties were coming almost daily now.


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You may wonder how my comments about our poor strategic leaders and the crisis in resources plays into grand strategy, but how we deal with the unprecedented ramp up in the cost of this most basic of commodities (as close to a tax on breathing as is humanly possible) will affect Boyd’s four elements of grand strategy:

  • Improve our morale and that of our allies
  • Degrade that of our opponents
  • Attract the uncommitted
  • Without setting the stage for future (unfavorable) conflict.


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