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Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW)
FOURTH THE NEXT WAR? FOUR GENERATIONS OF FUTURE WARRIORS  

The marine Corps has enjoyed a tradition of innovation. Perhaps the best known is the creation of amphibious warfare doctrine, initiated by the marine corps commandan, Major General John Lejeune, but it was powered by the intellectual genius of an eccentric, Major Earl Ellis. Literature on military innovation universally acknowledge that this was an unusually bold step, especially given the failure of the allies to succeed using amphibious Warfare at gallipoli in world war ...Read more >

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FOURTH GENERATION WAR  

The intellectual framework put forward in this FMFM is called The Four Generations of Modern War." It was first laid out in an article in the Marine Corps Gazette in October, 1989. In this framework, modern war began with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 which ended the Thirty Years War. Why? Because with that treaty, the state -- which was itself relatively new -- established a monopoly on war. After 1648, first in Europe and then world-wide, war became something waged by states against ...Read more >

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II MEF : FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE  

I am a poor substitute for Colonel GI Wilson, one of the very early identifiers of 4GW and probably the most knowledgeable person in the U.S. Armed Forces about this phenomenon. ...Read more >

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SHOCK EFFECT OR SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT : THE ROLE OF ARMORED FORCES IN FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE  

In a time where the role of heavy mechanized units seems to play a secondary part to the rapid deployability and lightning quick raids conducted by light forces, understanding how shock battle can still be waged at the operational and tactical level breathes new life into the question of how heavy forces contribute in a "Fourth Generation" conflict. The armor community has long wrestled with this question of how to best employ armored units in an irregular-type of fight and the debate has ...Read more >

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FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE  

Seventeen years ago, a small group of authors introduced the concept of Four Generations of War. Frankly, the concept did not get much traction for the first dozen years. Then came 9/11. Some of the fourthgeneration warfare (4GW) proponents claimed that the Al-Qaeda attacks were a fulfillment of what they had predicted. However, most military thinkers, for a variety of reasons, continued to dismiss the 4GW concept. In fact, about the only place 4GW was carefully discussed was on an Al-Qaeda ...Read more >

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FOUCAULT AND FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE : TOWARDS A GENEALOGY OF WAR AND CONFLICT  

The tendency within the study of military history is to assume a general continuity and regularity to warfare that can be discovered and analyzed with enough backwards-looking study. This approach, however, yields untenable theories of warfare, such as that of fourth generation warfare, which institutionally blind the military establishment to the way in which warfare and conflict has been historically ...Read more >

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MILITARY RESPONSE TO FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE IN AFGANISTAN  

At this writing, the American military response to 11 September has been confined to the war in Afghanistan. It may be too early to look at lessons learned, but it is not too early for an assessment of whether or not we have been successful fighting Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW) as operations unfold in Afghanistan against the Taliban or Al ...Read more >

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FOURTH GENERATION WAR FMFM 1-A, DRAFT 4.3 12 AUGUST 2008  

Before you can fight Fourth Generation war successfully, you have to understand it. Because it is something new (at least in our time), no one understands it completely. It is still evolving, which means our understanding must continue to evolve as well. This chapter lays out our best current understanding of the Fourth Generation of Modern ...Read more >

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THE FALLACIES OF FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATION WARFARE  

In evaluating current warfighting trends (and reconciliatory attempts to understand said trends), it appears the conceptual model of Fourth-Generation Warfare (4GW) (and, by extension, Fifth-Generation Warfare (5GW)) has achieved a level of dominant preeminence to the point of doctrinal ...Read more >

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4GW AS A MODEL OF FUTURE CONFLICT  

I have been asked to be the token diversity candidate from outside the 4GW "church" today, and am honored just by the chance to appear at an event that preserves John Boyd's deep intellectual contributions, and to be on stage with my fellow panelists and Col Eric Walters. My assigned task is to explain why academics and historians have problems with the 4GW ...Read more >

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THE CHANGING FACE OF WAR : INTO THE FOURTH GENERATION  

The peacetime soldier's principal task is to prepare effectively for the next war. In order to do so, he must anticipate what the next war will be like. This is a difficult task that gets continuously more ...Read more >

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FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE AND THE INFORMATION ARROW  

Most of us now accept that we are fighting a different kind of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the forgotten Philippines than the one we prepared and trained for: the conventional maneuver war. While our maneuver forces were successful in the taking of Baghdad and in the unhinging of the Taliban, we are now bogged down in very uncomfortable unconventional wars in all three countries that hold little promise of early ...Read more >

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THE MISLEADING THEORY OF FOURTH GENERATION WARFARE  

Discussions about the nature of the 'war' the United States is presently fighting naturally requires a discussion on how we to fight the war. Understanding the right mixture of people, technology, military and police is critical. So is finding a balance between coercive pressures of economics, ideology (culture and religion), politics, and ...Read more >

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NEOCONS AND NEOLIBS? THEIR EDIFICE HAS CRUMBLED  

We donít know still being worked out. To be useful, it has to be something other than state military vs. state military or insurgency vs. a state. Possibilities include state vs. state (non military) and state vs. nonstate (other than classical ...Read more >

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