G. I. Wilson joins the FM website team

We proudly announce that G. I. Wilson has joined the FM website team of authors.  Co-author of the seminal paper “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation” (which coined the term “fourth generation warfare”), he brings aboard valuable perspective and experience.


Colonel G.I. Wilson retired from the Marine Corps after 33 years of service. He teaches in the Administration of Justice Department of Palomar College (San Marcos, CA).  Also he consults for ABC-7 Los Angeles, Knowledge and Intelligence Program Professionals (KIPP), and the Emergency Response Research Institute (ERRI).  He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and serves on the Board of Directors for Bossov Ballet Theatre.


  • BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany
  • MA in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University
  • MA in forensic psychology at Argosy University in Los Angeles

His major publications

  • The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation“, Marine Corps Gazette, October 1989 — Co author with William S. Lind, Keith Nightengale (Colonel, USA), John F. Schmitt (Captain, USMC), and Joseph W. Sutton (Colonel, USA).
  • “Uncorking the information genie”, co-author Frank Bunkers,  Marine Corps Gazette, October 1995
  • “Fourth Generation Warfare – Another Look”, co-authors William S Lind and John F Schmitt, Marine Corps Gazette, November 2001
  • On Gangs, Crime, and Terrorism” co-author John P. Sullivan, 28 February 2007
  • Co-author of two chapters in America’s Defense Meltdown (2008)
  • “Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military”, a chapter in The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It, edited by Winslow T. Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information and the World Security Institute (2011).

His posts on the FM website are listed here.

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