4GW: A solution of the third kind
Solutions of the first kind… new things (i.e., robots, autonomous flying vehicles,
software to help us understand and manipulate foreign societies).
Solutions of the second kind… new ideas about tactics and strategy.
Solutions of the third kind… new ways to shape our institutions
– aka politics — usually by altering how they recruit, train, and promote people.
Don Vandergriff (Major, US Army, retired) is one of the very few actually implementing 4GW solutions of the third kind, with his work for the Army on new methods of training leaders. He now has a blog here, writing as an expert on leader development, personnel management and fourth generation warfare.
I strongly recommend visiting his blog for a look at the cutting edge of 4GW (at least, work on our side about 4GW). For links to his online articles and list of his books, see The Essential 4GW reading list: Chapter Two, Donald Vandergriff.
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Post in the series “Solutions to 4GW”:
- A solution to 4GW — the introduction
- How to get the study of 4GW in gear
- Arrows in the Eagle’s claw — solutions to 4GW
- Arrows in the Eagle’s claw — 4GW analysts
- Visionaries point the way to success in the age of 4GW
- 4GW: A solution of the first kind - Robots!
- 4GW: A solution of the second kind
- 4GW: A solution of the third kind