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Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles

By Kratman, Tom

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Title: Indirectly Mistaken Decision Cycles  
Author: Kratman, Tom
Language: English
Subject: Nonfiction, Military, Essay
Collections: Science Fiction Collection, Baen Library Collection
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Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises


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Description: This article describes the the psychological tactics used in war. No matter the mistakes made each time, it’s the same thinking pattern and execution that continuously keeps repeating itself through history and modern times.

Summary: Theres an idea that the Dcision Cycle Theory in military science fiction movies can be applied to actual battles in the real world. Most though are exaggerated and usually tend to lean towards the military coming out victors, although given the actual usage of the tactics used wouldn't necessarily play out like that in real life. Throughout history, there seems to be a certain pattern used in battle, whether it be the civil war, to WWII. People tend to use tactics that in 'theory' would work and ends up turning to be a huge mistake and bad choice of judgement.

Excerpt: Similar to Dickson’s Tactics of Mistake? Yes; think about it: Boyd proposes an analogy from the individual fighter pilot to the commander of a ground combat organization. Dickson proposed an analogy from an individual fencer to the commander of a ground combat unit. Boyd proposed that by cycling through the OODA loop faster than the enemy, we would finally get so far ahead that he would find himself in a position of vulnerability. Dickson similarly proposed a series of thrusts that bring the enemy’s blade further and further away from his vitals until those vitals are exposed in time and space for a killing thrust.

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