John Boyd

American pilot and Pentagon consultant

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.

John Boyd

QuotesEdit

  • 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
  • He who can handle the quickest rate of change survives
    • "New Conception of Air to Air Combat" (1976)

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