John Boyd forever changed the way the United States fights wars, both on the ground and in the air. This is rather impressive considering his own limited battlefield experience, as he just missed World War II and barely caught the end of the Korean War.

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The OODA Loop is useless. Or more to the point, the way most people in the military talk about it is useless.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Chelsea Anderson

My bespectacled battalion commander made this comment about leadership as we broke from a staff meeting one afternoon: “It works with your dog. It works with your kids. It works with Marines.”

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gene A. Ainsworth III

You make decisions every day. Dozens and dozens of them. Some are easy — coffee or latte? — and some are more complex. Regardless of what kind of decision you need to make, you generally have as much time and information as you need to make the best call.

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