The Mind of War

The Mind of War

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The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force's premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped the tactics that saved lives during the Vietnam War and the strategies that won the Gulf War. Many of America's best-known military and political leaders consulted Boyd on matters of technology, strategy, and theory. In The Mind of War, Grant T. Hammond offers the first complete portrait of John Boyd, his groundbreaking ideas, and his enduring legacy. Based on extensive interviews with Boyd and those who knew him as well as on a close analysis of Boyd's briefings, this intellectual biography brings the work of an extraordinary thinker to a broader public. From the Trade Paperback edition.Previous tactics manuals were just a bag of tricks, without the logic of move and countermove. Boyd did not advocate ... 16 It was a tour de force, 147 pages of single-spaced manuscript that covered all jet fighter air-to-air tactics. There were anbsp;...

Title:The Mind of War
Author:Grant Hammond
Publisher:Smithsonian Institution - 2012-01-11


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