Boyd – Patterns of conflict

imageI had heard about John Boyd’s legendary Patterns of Conflict before I read his biography but I had never seen it. So I went on a quest to find it!

Regular readers will know that I have an interest in military history.  (See How to improve morale and confidence and Interview with Stephen Bungay.) I’m reading an excellent biography of John Boyd (Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War) at the moment and this has really got me thinking.  I’m going to write a review as soon as I’ve finished it.

In the meantime, I’ve found a version of his masterwork, the Patterns of conflict briefing.

Sun Tzu’s Art of War is sometimes read as a business manual. There are some who think that John Boyd was the Sun Tzu of our age. His Patterns of conflict presentation was a six-hour briefing that is highly influential in American military circles.

A version of the presentation is back on Slideshare here and also as a downloadable PDF here. There are also some video clips of the presentation here.

You can also read my review of the book Boyd here.

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