About 4G WAR
4G WAR: Where counter terrorism intersects with unconventional warfare, homeland security, new technologies and soft power.
Why 4GWar? Whatever the controversy over the concept of 4GW (Fourth Generation Warfare), I think it provides a vehicle for addressing all of the topics entwined in the conflicts facing the United States and its allies in the 21st century: terrorism, counter insurgency, homeland security, transnational crime, unconventional warfare, soft/smart power, food, water and energy security.
Proponents of 4GW maintain that warfare has evolved with political, social, and economic structures since the 17th Century. From the set piece battles of the Napoleonic Wars (First Generation Warfare or 1GW) to the blitzkrieg and aerial bombing campaigns of World War II (3GW), warfare has changed tactics as well as technology. In the post-Cold War world, the focus has shifted to asymmetric warfare, also known as unconventional war or irregular warfare. Groups with no hope of going toe-to-toe with professional armies are using unorthodox means such as roadside bombs and suicide attacks to achieve their goals. Most conflicts today are not between conventional armies but national governments and rebels, insurgents or guerillas. The battlefield is everywhere now: New York office towers, London subways, hotels and train stations in Bombay.
Responsibility for combating these new threats won’t be confined to the U.S. military. The State Department, Homeland Security Department, intelligence community, law enforcement and foreign allies will all have a role to play.
The stakes are high and the challenges are many. It’s worth considering, as one 4GW advocate, Marine Corps Col. Thomas Hammes notes in his book “The Sling and The Stone,” that despite their status as superpowers, both the U.S. (in Vietnam) and USSR (Afghanistan) have lost 4GW conflicts.
As part of our focus, we concentrate on conflict and development news coming out of Africa, Latin America and the Arctic. We also pay close attention to special operations, unmanned technology and expeditionary warfare.
–John M. Doyle 4gwar.wordpress.com
CITED BY OTHERS
Norway’s Exercise Cold Response near Arctic Circle: in BALKAN MAGAZIN (Serbian)
Raven tactical UAV gets miniaturized sensor package: in Defense Systems
Combat controller awarded Air Force Cross for valor: in Smithsonian Air & Space’s Daily Planet
Marines in Exercise African Lion: in Aviation Week’s ARES
About the editor
John M. Doyle is a Washington area defense and homeland security writer. He blogs about terrorism and where it crosses paths with unconventional warfare, technology, energy security, international development and disaster relief in this blog: 4GWAR. He can be reached via twitter at 4GWARBLOG and on email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see some samples of his work for print publications and other websites, please visit the IN PRINT page