Twice I have relied on an “anonymous expert’ here at tdaxp. Once on a discussion of visualizations for the OODA loop, another time in my post on the Magic Cloud. His insightful point on the OODA loop made Mark Safranski comment:
Your anonymous expert had a deep and incisive criticism there on more than just flowchart design.
And discussing phase and state changes, the anonymous expert also wrote
Originally, Boyd and the fighter community defined the “state” of a fighter as its airspeed, altitude, and direction. “Maneuverability” was defined as the ability to change state, that is, airspeed, altitude, or direction in any combination. This is what E-M (energy- maneuverability) diagrams show. “Agility” was then defined as the ability to change maneuver state, which would make it the second (time) derivative of the state function. So A = d2(S)/dt2.
So who is this masked man?
Dr. Chet Richards
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Defense and the National Interest
I had promised to publicly thank him for his help as soon as he would allow it. He finally did, so here is my chance to say
To not just a brilliant strategist, not just the man who stills helps push Boydian theory, but also a man who has gone far out of his way to help me and answer my questions. Once again:
Dr. Richards, thank you