Written by the author of the Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often "civilian." Conventional militaries have repeatedly attempted to utilize technology to meet the new challenges posed, but even the most advanced technology has provided little more than meaningless short-term victories rendered futile in months, if not weeks.
This inability of Western governments and militaries to come to terms with the changing nature of modern warfare has led to failed interventions, failed occupations, and now even failed states everywhere from Eastern Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And with the recent mass movement of peoples around the world, 4th Generation Warfare can be safely expected to appear in Western Europe and the United States before long.
Drawing on their decades of experience with military history and military action, the authors have distilled 4GW theory into a short, concise, easily accessible handbook that provides the soldier, the military analyst, and the civilian observer with a guide to understanding and responding to the changing realities of this challenging new form of war.
©2015 William S. Lind and Gregory A. Thiele (P)2016 William S. Lind and Gregory A. Thiele
Looks at how modern warfare has had to update its tactics and behaviour from top to bottom.
Expert author, can't recommend highly enough.
If you're interested in warfare, tactics or military matters then this is a must read!
this book was an eye-opener it made me look at more closely and reconsider everything I know about Warfare in the Modern Age I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the military profession especially to future or current officers in the military
Some of the language is specific to the military, and may be hard to understand for civilians. As a Marine officer this didn't bother me, but those with no military background should be aware of before purchasing. All in all a great read. I hope there will be follow on books discussing the Hama tactic and the perspective of applying these principles when you are defending your own society. Both of which seem more likely to occur under the Trump administration.
"A must read"
Any serious about being a leader in combat must read this book. The authors clearly understand 3rd and 4th generation Warfare and are able to easily convey the knowledge to the reader.
"Excellent, although short."
Way to short unfortunately. Could have listened for hours on the subject, but a great quick in look into strategic and tactical considerations. The narrator is superb.
"It's the Hearts and Minds Theory All Over Again"
This was an enjoyable little read. Not terribly sophisticated. Modern War is becoming less a series of battles between national armies and more of a series of skirmishes between state run armies and smaller, less sophisticated groups like terrorist organizations or largely civilian staffed guerilla armies. Unless we invoke the tactics of "winning the hearts and minds" by respecting and enpowering the local populace and fighting the insurgents on their level -- utilizing light infantry units and guerilla tactics -- occupational state forces will end up fighting demoralizing wars without end (i.e. Vietnam, the Soviets in Afghanistan). Lots of great vignettes.
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