2007 Boyd Conference
The Alfred M. Gray Research Center
Marine Corps Base
July 13, 2007
Agenda Draft 5: 5 july 2007
Robert Coram, author of Boyd and American Patriot will be at the morning
sessions and will be happy to autograph books at lunch.
Rules of the Gray Center:
Directions to the facility are under the picture at http://www.mcu.usmc.mil/MCRCWeb/
0800 - 0830 Welcome and opening Remarks (Speakers TBD)
Session 1. 0830 - 0930
Boyd 102: salient points of Boyd & operating inside the OODA Loop.
Richards & Osinga
what it means
what it does to the opposition
the type of organizational climate / culture needed to make it work
latest research into why it works
Session 2. 0930 - 1030
Warfare since Boyd: Controversies regarding 4GW
Walters & Panel
Comparative and contrasting understanding of the concept: 1989 versus today
Utility of the concept: academia versus the field
Current USG/DoD relevancies: Can we ever operate inside their OODA loops?
Session 3. 1045 - 1130
War in our future?
various interpretations: Lind (crisis of legitimacy of the state), Hammes (evolved insurgency), FM 3-24 (international insurgency)
can these approaches be reconciled (e.g., FMFM 1-A?)
other possibilities (e.g., van Creveld's "non-trinitarian warfare")
critiques: Is it just guerrilla warfare under another name? Is it the same as "terrorism"? Is it really war?
1130 - 1300 Lunch break
SESSION 4. 1300-1330 THOUGHTS ON ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP
Session 5. 1330 - 1445 Breakout sessions (more May be announced - Please check back)
Vandergriff: Adaptive leadership – training for adaptability and 4GW
Hammes, Lind, and Walters: 4GW and the future of warfare
--concepts of 4GW
--is there a 5th Generation?
--next steps in the "war on terror"
--fallout from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon from the standpoint of 4GW
--implications for the military (including intelligence) and DoD
Richards & Osinga: OODA Loops into the future – other things you may not have known about OODA loops; areas for further research on Boyd
Session 6. 1500 - 1600 Senior Leaders' Critiques (Panel): What I would have done (and would do) differently
Session 7. 1600 - 1615 (+/-) Final thoughts and wrap-up (Speakers TBD) - The grAy center closes at 1630.
7. 1700 - ??? Further debate and deliberation at a watering hole to be announced
Speakers and Breakout Session Leaders Include:
Dr. Chet Richards, Colonel, USAF, Retired: Associate of Boyd's for roughly 20 years, and author of Certain to Win, on applying Boyd's ideas to business. He will share some of Boyd's ideas on the OODA loop that make it much more powerful than just a simple cycle.
Colonel Frans Osinga, Ph.D., Royal Netherlands Air Force: Author of the new study of the late Colonel John Boyd and his work Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd.
Colonel Eric Walters is the U.S. Marine Forces Command Assistant Chief of Staff G2 (Intelligence). He is a military history and tactics writer and avid commercial board wargamer/playtester.
Colonel T. X. Hammes, USMC Retired: Author of The Sling and the Stone, the first full-length study of 4GW.
Colonel Gary I. Wilson USMC Retired: A primary co-author of "The "Changing Face of War" in 1989 which served as the genesis of debate and discussion on 4th Generation Warfare.
Major Don Vandergriff, USA Retired: Author of the new book on adaptive leadership, Raising the Bar: Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War (Available at Amazon).
William S. Lind, author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook (Amazon, B&N), "Strategic Defense Initiative," and co-author, with Col Wilson, et al., of "The Changing Face of War."
We have a number of special guests who have tentatively accepted, including senior officers who were associated with Col Boyd.
Recommended reading (authors will be autographing at happy hour!)
This conference is intended as an in-depth examination of the topics mentioned above. We recommend the following to those unfamiliar with these subjects:
Frans Osinga: Science, Strategy and War Amazon or B&N
Eric Walters: Distributed Operations and Command: A Brief Historical Perspective (3.5 MB PPT)
Grant Hammond: The Mind of War Amazon or B&N
Chet Richards: Certain to Win Amazon or B&N
All of Boyd's briefings are available at: http://d-n-i.net/second_level/boyd_military.htm#discourse
Robert Coram: Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War Amazon or B&N
Chuck Spinney's Genghis John - a great short bio
T.X. Hammes: The Sling and the Stone Amazon or B&N
William S. Lind, Colonel Keith Nightengale (USA), Captain John F. Schmitt (USMC), Colonel Joseph W. Sutton (USA), and Lieutenant Colonel Gary I. Wilson (USMCR), The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation, Marine Corps Gazette, October 1989.
There is an extensive collection of material on 4GW at http://d-n-i.net/second_level/fourth_generation_warfare.htm
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