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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The OODA Loop

The OODA Loop is an acronym that stands for: 
Decide, and 

This term was coined by Colonel John Boyd, a fighter pilot during the Korean War, in the 1950’s. 

The premise behind the OODA Loop is that when you are at a disadvantage, you can overcome that disadvantage by attacking the mind of your enemy. 
It is based on mental warfare, where you get inside your enemy’s mind and then assess the situation, decide what to do, and act, before he has a chance to act or react. 

In short, it is about gauging how human beings react to stimulus, then beating them to the punch.

It takes about 20-220 milliseconds for someone to respond to something. This is how all men and women respond; it is a part of our make up as human beings. 

Reaction time is the time that elapses between the onset of a stimulus and the response to the stimulus. 
We all go through certain split-second steps when we respond to any type of stimulus.

We observe, we orient, we decide, and we act. 

The faster we can get to the action stage, the better shape we are in, that is, as long as we have trained ourselves to make good decisions. 

For example, if you are walking down the sidewalk at night and for whatever reason, you are surprised by a predator, you need to be able to immediately observe what has happened, orient yourself to the situation, decide what to do, and then act. 
These steps happen for all human beings, but the trained has an advantage.

Train to develop your personal OODA Loop and become, not only proficient at observing, orienting, deciding, and acting, but proficient at doing so as quickly as possible, while making the right decisions and following through with the right actions.


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