For this month’s Book Notes, I’m re-reading the 4th Generation Warfare Handbook by Bill Lind, and taking copious notes.
One of the most important things to know about 4GW is that it describes the end of the state monopoly on the use of force.
“All over the world,” Lind writes, “citizens of states are transferring their primary allegiance away from the state to other entities: to tribes, ethnic groups, religions, gangs, ideologies, and ’causes.'”
These groups will be able to replace, or attempt to replace, state power, authority, and legitimacy.
It also means a transition from fighting wars primarily through military means to fighting wars through political, social, economic, diplomatic, and informational means.
This is leading to internecine conflict, and the United States is no exception.
When we talk about “Low Intensity Conflict” as the model to understand our country’s current domestic conflict, we’re looking at “war by other means” along political, social, economic, diplomatic, and informational efforts.
This Thursday, 16 April at 7pm Central, I’m doing a presentation on this topic and we’ll be working our way through portions of this book.
The bottom line is that as we get closer to November’s elections, I believe we’ll see an escalation in our low intensity conflict.
That’s why it’s important to understand 4GW and how this conflict is being prosecuted by all sides.
This presentation will be for Forward Observer members only because we’ll be getting into the weeds of some important concepts. (I’ll send out details to members shortly.)
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Even if you don’t want to join, I still recommend the 4th Generation Warfare Handbook to those interested in this developing conflict. It’s a critical concept to understand going forward.
Until next time, be well and stay out front.
Always Out Front,
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