Mark of “Zenpundit”:http://zenpundit.blogspot.com and Dan of “tdaxp”:http://tdaxp.blogspirit.com have been having a brilliant brainstorming session on the possibilities of graduating 4th Generation Warfare (4GW) to a new level. So far these are the posts to watch:
* “UNTO THE FIFTH GENERATION OF WAR”:http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2005/07/unto-fifth-generation-of-war.html
* “Go Deep (OODA and the Rainbow of Generational Warfare)”:http://tdaxp.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/07/18/go-deep-ooda-and-the-rainbow-of-generational-warfare.html
* “FIFTH GENERATION WAR IN THE OODA LOOP”:http://zenpundit.blogspot.com/2005/07/fifth-generation-war-in-ooda-loop-dan.html
Here is a taste:
bq. A strong possibility exists that given successive generations of warfare tend to drive ” deeper” into enemy territory, that 5GW will mean systemic liquidation of enemy networks and their sympathizers, essentially a total war on a society or subsection of a society. There is no where ” deeper” for 5GW to go but here. At the high tech end 5GW would be precisely targeted to winnow out ” the bad guys” in a souped-up version of Operation Phoenix but at the low-tech end we could see campaigns that would be indiscriminate, democidally-oriented death squad campaigns that shred 4GW networks by the same actuarially merciless logic that led the Allies to firebomb German and Japanese cities in WWII.
bq. …The 4th Generation of War redshifts deeper into the OODA loop. It slides into the “Observation” realm. If traditional war centered on an enemy’s physical strength, and 4GW on his moral strength, the 5th Generation of War would focus on his intellectual strength. A 5th Generation War might be fought with one side not knowing who it is fighting. Or even, a brilliantly executed 5GW might involve one side being completely ignorant that there ever was a war. It’s like the old question of what was the perfect robbery: we will never know, because in a perfect robbery the bank would not know that it was robbed.
Very interesting stuff.