Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword or section
Like this
15Activity

Table Of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
Who is John Boyd and what is A Discourse ?
Why study Boyd?
Objective and thesis
Organization
2. ON STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC THEORY
Strategy
Introduction
Definitions
Making good strategy is difficult
Strategic theory
The theory in strategic theory
The scope of strategic theory
Strategic theory and practice
Why strategic theorizing is difficult
Experience, predecessors and pressing needs
Science and Strategic Theory
The formative factors of Boyd’s A Discourse
Rediscovering flexibility and fluidity
Brain-warfare
The Indirect Approach
Boyd’s conceptual father: Sun Tzu
Fertile soil: The US Military After Vietnam
Turbulent environment
Adaptive Marines
Boyd and tanks
A Discourse as product of interaction
4. SCIENCE: BOYD’S FOUNTAIN
Boyd and science
Hidden fountain
Shifting foundations
A new sensibility
Popper’s Evolutionary Epistemology
Polanyi and the tacit dimension
Paradigms and revolutions
Paradigm shift
Beyond Newton
The end of certainty
The emerging systems view of the world
Wholes, not parts
Cybernetics
General Systems Theory
Systems everywhere
The structure of the brain
The cognitive revolution
Creativity
Boyd and the first stage of the paradigm shift
A new view
Boyd and the systems view of life
Strategy, creativity, doctrines and mental modules
Conclusion
5. COMPLETING THE SHIFT
Riding the wave
Towards Chaos Theory
Dissipative structures
The non-linearity of nature
Phase space, stable basins and forks in the road
From chemistry to life: autopoiesis
Autopoiesis and cognition
Beyond open en chaotic systems: complexity theory
Complex Adaptive Systems
Emergent order and self-organization
Schemata
Levels of adaptation
Eco-systems and fitness landscapes
Perpetual novelty
Chaos everywhere
Early expectations
Non-linearity, Chaos and organizational life
Managing complex organizations
The non-linearity of the social world
The non-linear nature of war
A Discourse and the scientific Zeitgeist
Science, strategic theory and thinking strategically
Boyd’s metaphors
Conceptualizing military strategies of Complex Adaptive Systems
6. CORE ARGUMENTS
A Discourse in prose
Structure
‘Abstract’
Goal
Environment
Need for decisions
Creating Concepts
Suspicion
Incompleteness and consistency
Indeterminacy and Uncertainty
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Destruction and Creation
Patterns of Conflict
Mission
Historical Snapshots
The Blitzkrieg Concept
The Modern Guerrilla Campaign
The nucleus of victory: the themes of Blitzkrieg and guerrilla warfare
Categories of Conflict
Synthesis: pattern for successful operations
Theme for disintegration and collapse
Theme for vitality and growth
Application
Wrap Up, or coming full circle
Concluding words
7. EXPLORATION AND REFINEMENT
Organic Design for Command and Control
Criteria for command and control
The Big O: Orientation
Implicit communication and organizational heat-death
Redefining command and control
The Strategic Game of ? and ?
Approach, or building snowmobiles
General Survey
Condensation to Essential Elements
Strategic Perspective
On isolation and interaction
A Moral Design for Grand Strategy
The meaning of strategy and the art of success
Revelation
The Conceptual Spiral
Focus
Simple minded message
Illustrations
Grand Message
Underlying dynamics
Final step: why novelty matters
Deeper Message
The Essence of Winning and Losing
Key statements
The real OODA loop
Beyond the rapid OODA loop idea
Correcting the narrow interpretation
The larger theme: Adaptability
A new synopsis
8. CONCLUSION
Summary
A new synthesis
Science and strategic theory: uncertainty and adaptability
A general theory of organizational survival
Beyond rapid OODA looping
Boyd as the first post-modern strategist?
The name of Boyd’s Zeitgeist
An interesting combination: Lyotard and Boyd
Structuration Theory
Boyd as deconstructionist?
Post-modern security studies
Boydian concepts and post-modern vision of future war
The rise of the post-modern warform
A revolution in postmodern military affairs
The asymmetric response
Closing the loop
ANNEX A : BIBLIOGRAPHY OF DESTRUCTION AND
ANNEX B: BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PATTERNS OF CONFLICT
BIBLIOGRAPHY
CURRICULUM VITAE
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Science Strategy and War

Science Strategy and War

Ratings: (0)|Views: 280 |Likes:

More info:

Published by: The Ominous Parallels on May 16, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

11/28/2012

pdf

text

original

You're Reading a Free Preview
Pages 7 to 37 are not shown in this preview.
You're Reading a Free Preview
Pages 44 to 48 are not shown in this preview.
You're Reading a Free Preview
Pages 60 to 195 are not shown in this preview.
You're Reading a Free Preview
Pages 202 to 349 are not shown in this preview.

Activity (15)

You've already reviewed this. Edit your review.
1 hundred reads
1 thousand reads
hariman94 liked this
Oxony20 liked this
Oxony20 liked this
Nicola Fragnito liked this
davidllpz liked this
gon73 liked this
Pickman70 liked this
ser690 liked this

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->