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Posted on Jan 16, 2014 in War College

Budapest’s Hadtörténeti Múzeum

Budapest’s Hadtörténeti Múzeum

Budapest is more than a city. It is actually three cities in one, each with just a bit of unique color and flair. With 1.74 million inhabitants, the Hungarian capital today is made up of the old cities of Buda, Óbuda (Old Buda) and Pest. Overlooking this metropolis is Buda Castle, the historic castle and palace complex located on Castle Hill over the Danube River. It is a World Heritage Site but it is also much more than just the palace. 12► In fact Buda Castle actually now encompasses much of the hill and is a city within a city. With the castle walls dating to the 13th century, Budapest was the site of many sieges and battles, the most recent being the 1956 uprising against the Soviet rule. Heavily damaged during the Battle of Budapest at the end of World War II, the palace complex was almost completely gutted during the 1950s and many important exterior details around the complex – including the Habsburg Steps and the Royal...

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Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Tactics101, War College

Tactics 101 091 – The OODA Loop, Pt. 2

OODA LOOP Speed Up/Slow Down   “In order to win, we should operate at a faster tempo or rhythm than our adversaries—or, better yet, get inside adversary’s Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action time cycle or loop.”   COL John Boyd USAF (Retired)  LAST MONTH In our last article, we began our look into the OODA Loop.  Within the article, we blended a study of The Battle of Gaugamela in the discussion.  The areas we addressed included: 1) A concise study of The Battle of Gaugamela.  2) The origin of the OODA Loop.  3) The genius of John Boyd.  4) Analysis of the actions of OODA Loop – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.  5) The OODA Loop in practice at The Battle of Gaugamela.  6) Some final thoughts on The Battle of Gaugamela.  7) Lessons learned from Alexander. As we stated last month, we do not consider ourselves the ultimate experts on the “Boyd Cycle”.  However, we are keenly aware of the benefits of a having a good understanding of the OODA Loop.  Hopefully, this...

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