Summary: Twenty-five years ago, in October 1989, the Marine Corps Gazette published “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation”, by four active duty military officers and a civilian military historian. It explained that a new era of warfare had begun, sparked by the invention of nukes (rendering suicidal conventional war among major powers), brought to … Continue reading William Lind: thoughts about 4GW, why we lose, and how we can win in the future
Summary: Looking through the archives of any website discussing modern war quickly reveals how little we have learned since 9-11, despite our futile but large expenditures of money and blood. The resistance to war with Syria (outcome still unknown) suggests that the time might have come to dust off these lessons. Perhaps America has grown … Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.
Summary: Lost amidst the details and blather about our proposed attack on Syria is the possibility that we might get hurt. More accurately, that our grand strategy makes a severe defeat highly likely. If not in this crises, then in one of the future crises our policies seek out -- and even create as needed. … Continue reading What could go wrong if we attack Syria?
Summary: One of the great stories of 21st century looks to be the conflict between nations using conventional military methods (2GW and 3GW), and forces using 4GW. So far the latter are winning almost every time. America's inability to adapt to this new world, part of our larger #FailureToLearn, is another strike against the Second … Continue reading Update about one of the seldom-discussed trends shaping our world: 4GW
I like books that challenge my views, as in the saying attributed to Mark Twain "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so." So here are two recommendations of books that challenge our views, esp about the things we know for sure. The … Continue reading Gift ideas – Books to get or give