Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Elkus on Boyd 2010

Zenpundit has crossposted a piece by Adam Elkus entitled Boyd Recap, giving a quick summary of the discussion which was had at Boyd 2010. Although I am seething with jelousy that I wasnt in any position to attend the event (assuming I could have bludgeoned an invite out of someone) I thought it worth a mention. Elkus writes some interesting stuff on a variety of topics and is worth checking out regardless. Here's a quick quote from the article, as lifted direct from Zen:

So, my head is still spinning from Boyd 2010. I went with Alex of i-Con and a mutual friend, and met up with Fred Leland, Don Vandergriff, J. Scott Shipman, SAIC's Isaac Russell, and Bruce I. Gudmunsson. In addition to the many great talks, we also had some sushi at Quantico and hit up the Officer's Club. I also drained the Quantico bookstore, which has a much larger selection then the stuff I bought three years ago. A capsule account follows, for those who might have missed my Twitter updates.

Biographer Robert Coram opened up at 0915 with a short and touching introduction regarding Boyd's life, with acolyte Ray Leopold telling some more amusing anecdotes. Don Vandergriff gave a great update about his progress in trying to alter the Army's training and personnel system, and Jim Hasik looked at defense procurement. Paul van Riper gave the keynote speech. Riper gave a rather beautiful address about the philosophy of science, the military's misunderstanding of complex systems, and the need for operational doctrine that fits better with human experience. As Shipman pointed out to me in an aside, van Riper's points were very similar to those recently made by J.S. Storr in his book The Human Face of War.

At some point I want to try and write a proper response on this interesting piece too.
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