Frankly, as far as I can tell, a lot of what goes under the title 5GW *is* the same as 4GW / Global Guerrillas, but given a happy-face. At best it’s an optimistic search for a way through the difficulties of the times. But mostly it’s simply remarking on the same phenomena as Lind and Robb but with a coda of “but don’t worry, we’re on top this, the good guys will triumph in the end”
It is the challenge for those working on 5GW theory for it not to be just 4GW (which itself is still being defined) and to be some thing new.
BTW, here is Arherrings current working definition (version 2.3):
Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW): An emergent theory of warfare premised upon manipulation of multiple economic, political, social and military forces in multiple domains to effect positional changes in systems and achieve a consilience of effects to leverage a specific goal or set of circumstances. (Arherring 1/12/07)
And a bonus definition.
Consilient effect: a ‘jumping together’ of effects by the linking of effects across domains in order to create a pattern for action. (Arherring 1/12/07)
It doesn’t sound like happy face 4GW/GG to me.
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