posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 03:34 AM
Here are some articles that elaborates on the 4th generation warfare concept.
Here is a simple rundown of the contents of the articles above:
1st gen warfare is a war between armies lined up in columns. Think american civil war and you will get it.
2nd gen = world war 1. attrition using immense firepower such as tanks, artillery and later aircraft.
3rd gen = blitzkrieg. High speed attack to penetrate deep inside enemy lines and destruction from the rear. Also involves special operations
4th gen - can assume 2 forms, technologically inferior enemy and tech-capable. Tech inferior uses explosives while tech capable may use high tech
weaponry such as emp bombs, electronic surveillance, cyber attacks.
Assymetrical attacks that totally bypasses the enemy military. attack is mostly on civilians and valuable soft targets such as power plants, govt
offices etc. battlefield is blurred as combatants can be in the battleground itself or in the homeland. Goal is to cause chaos, disruption and
collapse from within especially in the civilian sector. attacks rarely cause large casualty except in wmd attacks.
-end of summary-
War on terrorism is basically a 4th gen warfare. Militaries of the US and other coalition member are never confronted in direct ground battle.
terrorist attacks on civilian targets causes chaos and confusion, resulting to disruption of daily lives and the economy. Dissent among the civilian
population results to weakening of troop morale and ultimately ends in military pull-back.
We see this "collapse from within" exemplified in Spain and Philippines pullout from iraq. Bickering within the US of pro and anti war proponents
and the lowering support for the war in iraq. In iraq, the target is not directly the citizens of the united states but the iraqis. Nevertheless, the
results echo through the news and US citizens also loses appetite for the war. A collapse from within indeed.
Unless the Us is willing to employ indiscrimate attacks on all of its operations, seems like it will never win this one.