Thursday, February 16, 2006
OODA-PISRR, Part III: Formless Fast Transients
This is your waveform
This is your waveform on fast transients
John Boyd begins his epic briefing, Patterns of Conflict, describing the need for fast transients:
In other words, suggests a fighter that can pick and choose engagement opportunities—yet has fast transient (“buttonhook”) characteristics that can be used to either force an overshoot by an attacker or stay inside a hard turning defender.
Yet while mere fast cycling is important.
Idea of fast transients suggests that, in order to win, we should operate at a faster tempo or rhythm than our adversaries—
A better strategy is to aim for getting inside the enemy's head
or, better yet, get inside adversary’s observation-orientation-decision-action time cycle or loop.
The purpose is to hide the form of the fighter, creating a confusing, menacing, ambiguous, unpredictable disorder
Why? Such activity will make us appear ambiguous (unpredictable) thereby generate confusion and disorder among our adversaries—since our adversaries will be unable to generate mental images or pictures that agree with the menacing as well as faster transient rhythm or patterns they are competing against.
This is not simple optimization for speed. If a fighter wanted to optimize for speed, he would merely practice his routines so he could act without thinking (bypassing decision in the OODA loop) and rope-a-dope when attacked (so one can bypass subversion in the PISRR loop). His cognition loop would then be:
The Fast Fighting Machine: Non-Deciding, Non-Developing
Rather, this is optimizing for formlessness.
The OODA-PISRR cycle, the Social Cognition Loop, was previously displayed as a circuit:
It could also be shown to be a wave with a unique form
Vertical Axis is kinetic Energy, Horizontal Axis is Time
All merely going faster would be do is decrease the cycle-time of the waveform. It would definitely be menacing to face an enemy going fast. But not confusing, ambiguous, or unpredictable.
Fast transients rely on appropriate use of Decision and Subversion to get inside the enemy's cognition loop and make your waveform disappear.
As John Boyd said in Patterns of Conflict, describing the Mongol Horde:
By exploiting superior leadership, intelligence, communications, and mobility as well as by playing upon adversary’s fears and doubts via propaganda and terror, Mongols operated inside adversary observation-orientation-decision-action loops.
In a similar way, by exploiting decision and subversion, the winner operates into the enemy's cognition loop.
As Chet Richards quoted Sun Tzu in Riding the Tiger (previously featured on tdaxp):
Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness;
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness;
Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.
Victory with OODA is not just going fast, its using decision and subversion to deprive the enemy of the patterns needed to detect you. By acting in ways that are incoherent to one's enemy's, one's waveform becomes confusing, menacing, ambiguous and unpredictable
One reaction is to create what Boyd called "many non-cooperative centers of gravity" in the enemy, making his waveform disappear too. But while the winner's waveform is merely apparently chaotic, the enemy's waveform is chaotic.
Next, the enemy ceases cycling, paralyzing him in one cognitive state. Visually
Of course, not all transients are fast. Until they are.
OODA-PISRR, a tdaxp series in four parts
1. The Social Cognition Loop
2. The PISRR Cognition Loop
3. Formless Fast Transients
4. System Perturbations
Nice, I can now look (at least I think I can) at induction networks and flux as constructive and deconstructive frequencies. I knew induction had something to do with frequencies, but I couldn't "see" how it could work. Then, I suppose that is what constructivism is about.
I am not sure teaching is the correct word. Maybe it could be said that I push you ahead while you drag me in your wake. You are able to see ahead and I am able to see what you left behind. Of course because you move so much faster than me that is the only way it could work. We are connected by constructive and destructive frequencies. Typical OODA induction loop. It is like the old joke: a bear is chasing two guys. The guy in the lead doesn't have to out run the bear, only the guy behind him. When you are inside someones OODA loop, you only have to out run the person, not the flow of kinetic energy that is potentially destructive.
Posted by: Larry Dunbar | Friday, February 17, 2006
"Maybe it could be said that I push you ahead while you drag me in your wake. You are able to see ahead and I am able to see what you left behind. O"
Reminds me of a passage from Chet Richards' "Neither Shall the Sword  (pg 81-82)
A way out comes from the same philosophy of conflict that gives shape to maneuver warfare. All successful instances of this philosophy depend on some type of "pull" mechanism. Let me explain. In maneuver warfare itself, the primary tool for employing forces is "reconnaissance pull." The idea is that the flow of the action itself will create opportunities that will pull forces into exploit them, assuming that these forces can spot them in time -- ie, that they are operating inside their opponents' OODA "loops." The contrary tactic pushes forces toward what their commander hopes will be the decisive points or centers of gravity. And in business, the Toyota Production System rests on the same pull philosophy, where operations pull components from earlier processes only when they are needed, that is, just in time.
At the other end of the scape of conflict, the underlying basis of grad strategy is a vision of the future so noble that it helps us attract the uncommitted, the ideally elements of, your opponents forces and society to our cause. In other words, we try to pull people over to our side of the conflict, realizing tat we may have to deal with an incorrigible hard core through unpleasant military means.
In all areas of human conflict and competition, pull is a more reliable mechanism for most purposes than push. Everybody resents being shoved, but most people don't mind being attracted. This may suggest a grand strategy of pulling Gap entities, states as well as others, into the Core, but retaining the capability to use containment, retaliation and preemption on rare and specific occasions to eliminate dangers that we are not willing to risk, such as an imminent threat of nuclear terrorism."
(And when you say, "When you are inside someones OODA loop, you only have to out run the person, not the flow of kinetic energy that is potentially destructive.," I agree completely)
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Friday, February 17, 2006
I believe Dr. Richards and I are talking about the same thing, flux. Dr. Richards is making a good point about how we respond to flow. Natural flow is from an area of high potential (negative charge) to one of low potential (positive charge), such as your water flowing down a mountain. This could also be called pulling the mass from an elevation and letting it flow to a lower elevation. When we encounter flow in the other direction, pushing water up the mountain, while it can be done, it kind goes against the charater of the mass.
I think flux is simply flow without mass. Changing flux causes movement of mass, either by pushing or pulling. When inside someones OODA loop you are dealing with flow of implicit rule-sets, changing those rules causes the movement of mass (kinetic energy) hopefully in the right direction.
Posted by: Larry Dunbar | Friday, February 17, 2006
"I think flux is simply flow without mass. Changing flux causes movement of mass, either by pushing or pulling. When inside someones OODA loop you are dealing with flow of implicit rule-sets, changing those rules causes the movement of mass (kinetic energy) hopefully in the right direction."
It took me a long time to comprehend Larry's words, but I think they are right on.
The 4GW must be concerned with the modulation of his correlation of forces -- their amplitude, frequency, and phase. It is a great advantage for him to experience constructive interference from an ongoing 5GW, so that the power of the 4GW -- his correlation of forces -- can remain positive even as the three aspects of modulation vary.
More on this over at Dreaming 5GW:
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, July 15, 2007