Printer Friendly

Science, strategy and war; the strategic theory of John Boyd.


Science, strategy and war; the strategic theory of John Boyd.

Osinga, Frans P.B.



313 pages



Strategy and history; v.18


It would be difficult to overstate the influence of former US Air Force officer John Boyd (1927-1997) on many military theorists in the Western world (although his work is hardly beyond controversy), yet until this book by Osinga (an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force) there hasn't been an attempt to systematically interpret Boyd's theory and place it in the context of the scientific theories which influenced Boyd in his own theorization of the OODA loop (Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action). Osinga's explication of Boyd is based on the premise that the conceptual process by which Boyd arrived at the OODA loop. He thus discusses Boyd's professional background as a fighter pilot; the strategic and defense-political context of the US in the post-Vietnam era; Boyd's study of earlier military strategists, including Sun-Tzu, Julian Corbett, T.E. Lawrence, J.F.C Fuller, and Basil Liddell Hart; and the scientific theories he drew from, such as Darwinian evolution, Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, and Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle. This material is used to set provide prior context to a detailed explication of Boyd's slide presentations, as well as his written work.

([c]20072005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
COPYRIGHT 2007 Book News, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 2007
Previous Article:Representation. (reprint, 1968).
Next Article:Sixteenth-century French writers.

Related Articles
Heaven on Earth?
The Life and Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Annotated Bibliography, 3 vols..
Annual review of sociology; v.32, 2006.
Work motivation; history, theory, research, and practice.
The science review article; an opportune genre in the construction of science.
Tony Tripodi and Miriam Potocky-Tripodi, International Social Work Research: Issues and Prospects.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters