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Posts: Tactical Talk / OODA Cycle

338Ronin Post Author Photo: 338Ronin
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OODA Cycle
04/08/13 04:10 PM

OODA Cycle
 
It is true that during a violent encounter that your training will take over.  To better understand the thought process and how to INCREASE your odds of survivability I would HIGHLY suggest that you educate yourself on the OODA Cycle or also known as the OODA Loop. The OODA Cycle was defined by a fighter pilot named Col. John Boyd and the OODA Cycle is at the foundation of Maneuver Warfare, just ask any Marine. 

The OODA Cycle is a four step process that takes place when a person is making a decission.  The four steps are; Observe, Orient, Decide, ACT. During a violent encounter the "bad guy" usually has the upper hand because we are reacting to a threat.  The "bad guy" was the first to intitiate the OODA Cycle. 

In order to "break" the "bad guy's" OODA Cycle we must remain calm, think fast, and respond with the appropriate amount of force.  So when reacting to "Threat A" one must OUTCYCLE (THINK AND REACT FASTER) than the "bad guy" in order to stop "Threat A".  You are now on the offensive by starting the OODA Cycle and the "bad guy" must respond to your "Tactical Response A".  While the "bad guy" is responding to "Tactical Response A" you are already on "Tactical Responses B, C, and D".  The "bad guy" can not keep up with your TACTICAL FLOW and you will have increased your odds of surviving and winning a violent encounter.

"Complacency is our most dangerous threat."

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SgtZim Post Author Photo: SgtZim
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Examples?
04/30/13 04:51 PM

I've heard of the OODA cycle before.  Do you have any examples?
Thanks.

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