Boyd wrote that orientation is the most important part of the OODA loop (Organic Design, 26).
Far be it from me to contradict the master, but a good exercise for you would be to explain why each component of the OODA “loop” is the most important. I’ll get you started: Without action, who cares what the rest of your OODA “loop” is doing? As Boyd himself began the “Abstract”:
To flourish and grow in a many-sided, uncertain and ever-changing world that surrounds us suggests that we have to make intuitive within ourselves those many practices we need to meet the exigencies of that world. (emphasis added)
Because action is the only thing that opponents, competitors, allies, the undecided, and customers see.
Looked at this way, the OODA “loop” is a device for representing how we evolve our capability for putting actions into the world. As I explain in “Boyd’s Real OODA Loop,” if you use the right one, the one Boyd put into his last briefing, you can generate any pattern of actions that your imagination and preparation allow.
This, from a recent conference. The circular pattern in blue just indicates that these links are operating and does not imply that they are firing in sequence (i.e., waiting on each other). Click for a larger view.
My paper, and Boyd’s “Abstract” are available from the Articles page in the menu, above.