The shelves of many libraries groan under the weight of articles calling for new ways of analyzing geopolitical and military issues. In four pages this article shows how the theories of John Boyd can provide this, which we desperately need. Instead of yet another analysis of 4GW, this sketches out solutions — practical methods for building forces capable of fighting 4GW’s, and how to use them. Another valuable aspect of this article: both Richards and Vandergriff are excellent writers, able to express complex reasoning in a clear and brief fashion.
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- For a links to the online works of Donald Vandergriff: The Essential 4GW reading list: Chapter Two, Donald Vandergriff.
- For links to the online works of John Boyd see the DNI archive page, which also lists books about Boyd and his thinking.
- Boyd’s theories are explained in more detail in Chet Richard’s book Certain to Win.