John Boyd: Persona Non Grata at the Pentagon

by | Apr 22, 2024

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Widely recognized as one of the U.S. Air Force’s best jet pilots in the 1950s, John Boyd wrote his own combat flying manual, which would subsequently be adopted by air forces around the world. (Courtesy of the Boyd Family)

COL John Boyd was quite the maverick in the military ranks and rocked the boat all the time. You will not though incredibly capable, he was never promoted to flag rank.

One of the best insights he ever gave was that when one distills strategy simply, it is: encouraging alliances and isolating enemies.

He was one of the few really critical thinkers who shifted the military strategic paradigms in a positive way in the twentieth century. Unfortunately, he never wrote a book.

Here is his power-point presentation that spells out his notions in detail.

About Bill Buppert

Bill Buppert is the host of Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast and a contributor over time to various liberty endeavors. He served in the military for nearly a quarter century and was a combat tourist in a number of neo-imperialist shit-pits planet-wide. He can be found on twitter at @wbuppert and reached via email at

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