John Boyd

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John Richard Boyd (January 23, 1927 – March 9, 1997) was a United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century. His theories have been highly influential in the military, sports, business, and litigation fields.

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  • People, ideas, hardware—in that order.
    • Quoted in "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram (2002)
  • If your boss demands loyalty, give him integrity. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty.
    • Quoted in "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram (2002)
  • To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?
    • Quoted in "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram (2002)
  • Conflict can be viewed as repeated cycles of observing, orienting, deciding and acting by both sides, and also, I might add, at all levels. The adversary that can move through these cycles faster gains an inestimable advantage by disrupting his enemy's ability to respond effectively.
    • Testimony before the House Armed Services Committee

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