The OODA Loop: How Fighter Pilots Make Fast and Accurate Decisions - Deepstash
The OODA Loop: A Military Mental Model

The OODA Loop is a four-step method to swiftly make effective decisions in tough and high-stakes situations. It is created by military leaders and war strategists who work in extre...

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The OODA Loop: How Fighter Pilots Make Fast and Accurate Decisions

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The first step is to observe the situation in a comprehensive and accurate manner, taking into account the visible information. A fighter pilot, for instance, can observe the following:

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    Orientation is a basic step but is overlooked by many. We have to orient ourselves and recognize any barriers that might be an interference in the OODA loop.

    Orientation takes an objective, ...

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    Deductive Destruction is a way to orient yourself by paying attention to your own biases and assumptions, and replace them with objective, fundamental thought processes.

    One has to pull thin...

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    After the groundwork has been laid by the previous steps of observing and orienting, one has to decide, creating a decision field to spot any flaws and decoys.

    The first conclusion isn’t al...

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    Enacting decisions is different from the deciding part. One puts the decisions to test by taking action.

    The results indicate the quality of the decision and the OODA loop cycles back into ...

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    1. Speed: Decisions and amendments are faster with the OODA loop. It is an essential mental toolbox and after practice, requires only a few seconds.
    2. Being comfo...

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    “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

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    • Gödel’s theorems: They indicate that any mental model that we try to work with will omit parts of information and we have to use Bayesian updating (Continuously upda...

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    • OODA Loop is a nimble technique in tune with the ever-changing environment around us and has to be applied in our daily decisions.
    • It is a formless technique that self-improvises and...

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