2021: Creating the Lexicon of Future

O is for OODA

Ruth Glendinning
3 min readMay 7, 2021

The OODA loop is the cycle observe–orient–decide–act, developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the operational level during military campaigns. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The approach explains how agility can overcome raw power in dealing with human opponents. It is especially applicable to cyber security and cyberwarfare. ~ The OODA Loop

The OODA Loop Decision Cycle via https://www.flexrule.com/archives/decision-cycle-ooda/

Four Essential Questions to Make Better Decisions

I have a theory. We are all born into a question that shapes our perspective on the world, affecting our choices in both conscious and unconscious ways. Those questions are:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Has it ever been true?
  3. Could it be true?
  4. Should it be true?

As I was thinking about the OODA Loop, it was easy to map those questions to the decision-making process illustrated below:

Augmented OODA Decision Making Model



Ruth Glendinning

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