I have been looking for Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) fiction examples (and I have several queued up on my bookshelf now).
Of course, the authors don’t talk about 4GW or 5GW directly. I am just looking to flesh-out the 5GW concept by finding fictional examples or proto-examples.
The first story is “A Man To My Wounding” by Poul Anderson. In this world, 1GW/2GW/3GW had been replaced by a sort of state vs. state 4GW that was purposeful assignation of State leaders at al levels on the other side. The US and China were is sort of a state of war and assassinations were feared. In the end, it was discovered that China had switched to using secret assassinations of future leaders (hey -> to reduce the next generation resiliency of the state) and the 4GW was being used as cover.
The second story is “To Howard Hughes: A Modest Proposal” by Joe Haldeman. The 5GW aspects are that in this story a super empowered rich dude finances and brings together a small group of people with disparate and special skills that hatch a plot that operates in secrecy that takes many years to come to fruition. The plot is a way to get rid of the Nuclear Weapons Threat over the World (and is not very 5GW-ish). When the plot is exposed (after the Rubicon is crossed) it is too late to stop it, even though there isn’t any more secrecy.
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