I just read this December article from Dan McLaughlin at the Federalist. What a great read. He is talking military strategy and applying it to the election cycle. On that level alone I am totally in tune; but I have the added excitement of applying it to the spiritual warfare battlefield in which I fight. Here is a quote:

We can better understand what Trump has done successfully, as well as his ultimate limitations as a candidate and why he would be such a terrible president, using the ideas of military strategic theorist John Boyd. Trump has been, thus far, the true Boyd candidate in this race, yet he is already exhibiting symptoms of precisely the flaws that Boyd saw as fatal in combatants.

Observe, Orient, Decide, Act

Boyd, an Air Force fighter pilot, Vietnam and Korea veteran, and fighter design engineer, is best known for the “OODA Loop” or “decision cycle,” a concept he developed as part of a broader study of “patterns of conflict” in the 1970s and 1980s later widely adopted in the military, especially the U.S. Marine Corps. OODA stands for Observe-Orient-Decide-Act, and refers to the process by which soldiers in combat—or humans engaged in any form of conflict—absorb information, make decisions, and act on them.

As you read it. What are your thoughts about the battlefield? Are you being manipulated or are you setting the agenda? This goes back to my early days as a pastor in Seattle where I realized I was constantly counter punching. It was one spiritual mishap after another with me constantly reacting and never getting ahead of the battle. Once again, worth the read with the spiritual dimension in mind especially.


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Pastor a church in Sparta.
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