Summary: Modern wars are fought on paper as competing military theories before people put them to use. Some do this faster than others. Mao wrote the core texts bringing 4GW to maturity in 1937-38; since then others have greatly advanced the art -- while western militaries fiddle with the failed methods of COIN. In the … Continue reading DoD defends itself against dangerous new ideas about 4GW.
Summary: in the 65 years after Mao brought 4th generation war to maturity, 25 years after the article coining the term, we continue to send our troops out to fight 4GW wars in foreign lands. We continue to lose, as almost all foreign armies do. At the FM website we mark these anniversaries by articles … Continue reading Understanding 4GW, the first step to winning the Long War.
From the archives. It describes America today more than it did when written in September 2011. Summary: GI WIlson explains that we now have enough experience with drone warfare to study its effects. Just as in physics, our actions affect ourselves as well as our targets. Social science research shows that drones are a gateway … Continue reading The Psychology of Killer Drones – action against our foes; reaction affecting us
Summary: Today GI Wilson writes about the great game of the 21st century -- the US government vs. our 4GW foes. Once called "low intensity war", our foes have taught us the ability of sustained 4GW produces only a series of expensive defeats for foreign armies (no matter how powerful). A slow bleeding, until we … Continue reading The ultimate 21st Century cage match: Titanic Government vs. the National Security Iceberg