Saturday, April 7, 2012


     John Boyd developed the concept to explain how to direct one's energies to defeat an adversary and survive. According to Boyd,decision making occurs in a recurring cycle of observe-orient-decide-act. someone that can process the OODA Loop cycle quickly, observing and reacting to unfolding events faster than an opponent, can "get inside" the opponent's decision cycle and gain the advantage. The second O, orientation, is probably  the most important part of the O-O-D-A loop since it shapes the way we observe, the way we decide, the way we act. there is much filtering that goes on, through our culture, genetics, our life experiences and much more. It is here that decisions should operate at a faster tempo than our adversaries.
       An example can be found on the basketball court, where a player takes possession of the ball and must get past an opponent who is taller or faster. A straight dribble or pass is unlikely to succeed. Instead the player must use rapid and elaborate series of body movements to confuse the opponent and keep him from take advantage by his superior size or speed. At a basic level of play, this may be merely a series of fakes, with the hope that the opponent will make a mistake or an opening will occur, but practice and mental focus may allow you to accelerate tempo, get inside the opponent's OODA loop and take control of the situation to cause the opponent to move in a particular way, and generate an advantage rather than just waiting for a mistake. Taking control of the situation is key.
     In life, when challenges come our way we need to use the OODA loop to get where we need to be and gain the advantage, we cant just be a by standard, we need to orient and act, when we notice ourselves in a bad situation we should act they way Christ would have us. there is always something we can do to make our situation better by acting, We are promised that there is nothing that can hold us down because of the atonement of Christ. Moroni 7:33 Reads  
And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have 
power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.