Interesting perspective on war, innovation, skills and strategy from Col. John Boyd

This rare video of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd shows his 1991 House Armed Services Committee Testimony and is worth watching. Many consider him to be one of the best strategic thinkers of the twentieth century and his ideas have influenced many of today’s leading strategists.

Of particular interest is his focus on the essential inputs for winning victories in war, especially given the longstanding involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. They key elements he identifies are people, strategy and tactics, and military hardware.

Also there is considerable insight into the kind of roadblocks that institutions might throw up against innovators.

This video of the U.S. hearings into Military Reform After Operation Desert Storm (APRIL 30, 1991) is not short, but it provides some great food for thought.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.