Summary: In this last chapter of his series GI Wilson summarizes how 4GW works for the Islamic State, and forecasts their future. As he explained in earlier chapters, we have to see the world differently to defeat foes who use 4th generation methods. This is the 4th and final chapter of his 4 part series. … Continue reading Using 4GW might give the Islamic State a big future.
Summary: Today GI Wilson explains how one of our foes, calling itself the Islamic State, uses 4GW to match their strengths against the weaknesses of our far more powerful military. Earlier generations of jihadists using 4GW methods changed the course of America (9/11 was one of the most effective military operations ever). ISIS is better. … Continue reading 4GW allows ISIS to fight and win against more powerful armies. Like ours.
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.
Summary: 25 years ago 5 men published one of the seminal articles in modern military theory, introducing the concept of 4th generation war. They did so at the start of a new cycle of conflicts for America. America would be much stronger today had we listened. As we start new wars, it's vital that we … Continue reading Chuck Spinney asks why we choose to lose at 4GW