Capturing My Thoughts: Naming 5GW

Here is a comment I made at CPS (minor spelling corrections made):

I think TDAXP originally called it SecretWar in the sense that one side might not even be aware it was being war’d upon.

Deception is a major component of 5GW, even more so than other categories of war. Much of that is for security purpose. The 5GW effort is fragile…exposure of the leads to destruction of the 5GW effort or at best reduction from a 5GW to a weak 4GW effort.

Deception is used to hide the 5GW actors. This does not mean necessarily that they are in a secret unknown location, but just that they are not identified as being part of the 5GW, or that whatever they are doing is not 5GW (nothing to see, move along). This can also mean that those who are spotting the 5GW get branded as crazy/conspiracy-mongers.

Deception is used to hide or mask the 5GW’s goals/aims. If you don’t know what a 5GW effort is after, how can you counter it or raise awareness of it? Not knowing the goals also leads to reactions like that of Lexington Green that “isn’t 5GW just politics”.

Deception is used especially to hide its methods. This is done IMO by relying upon incremental indirect methods (N-order effects) across the full spectrum of domains over long periods of time. By using a wide array of small steps it is hard so-to-speak to follow backwards the trajectory to the source (the 5GWers), it is hard to follow the path forward to the target, it is hard to see that anything is going on at all.

I do note that it is hard to “aim” lots of small incremental indirect actions. By using lots of small steps, the “aim” can be corrected (corrected=learning) over time.

3 Responses

  1. Gen Aquino called it MindWar in his PhD thesis. It’s also been referred to as Invisible Warfare (IW). Whatever you call it, all aspects of society are embraced in order manage the public’s orientation to the world (see John Boyd’s work).

    • Some corrections:

      ++ Not a general, but a Lt. COL.
      ++ Not a Phd Thesis but a short Army Staff Study (less then 10 pages originally)

    • Longer reply…

      Aquino seems to be a bit of an “off” character at best and maybe a criminal psychopath at worst.

      This link – – implies he is a satanists and ran a pedophilia ring. Oh, and maybe he is a neo-nazi.

      There might still be merit to some of his ideas.

      From the link:

      The article, titled “From PSYOP to Mindwar: The Psychology of Victory,” endorsed some of the ideas published in a 1980 Military Review article by Lt. Col. John Alexander, an affiliate of the Stanford Research Institute, a hotbed of Tavistock Institute and Frankfurt School “New Age” social engineering.

      Aquino and Vallely called for an explicitly Nietzschean form of warfare, which they dubbed “mindwar.” “Like the sword Excalibur,” they wrote, “we have but to reach out and seize this tool; and it can transform the world for us if we have but the courage and the integrity to guide civilization with it. If we do not accept Excalibur, then we relinquish our ability to inspire foreign cultures with our morality. If they then devise moralities unsatisfactory to us, we have no choice but to fight them on a more brutish level.”

      And what is “mindwar?” “The term is harsh and fear-inspiring,” Aquino wrote. “And it should be: It is a term of attack and victory-not one of rationalization and coaxing and conciliation. The enemy may be offended by it; that is quite all right as long as he is defeated by it. A definition is offered: Mindwar is the deliberate, aggressive convincing of all participants in a war that we will win that war.”

      This sounds like 4GW which is at its core Information Warfare (not guerrilla Warfare)…the message being sent is “we will win, you will loose. You have no hope. Might as well not even fight us”.

      For Aquino, “mindwar” is a permanent state of strategic psychological warfare against the populations of friend and foe nations alike. “In its strategic context, mindwar must reach out to friends, enemies and neutrals alike across the globe … through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth. These media are, of course, the electronic media-television and radio. State of the art developments in satellite communication, video recording techniques, and laser and optical transmission of broadcasts make possible a penetration of the minds of the world such as would have been inconceivable just a few years ago.” Above all else, Aquino argues, mindwar must target the population of the United States, “by denying enemy propaganda access to our people, and by explaining and emphasizing to our people the rationale for our national interest. … Rather it states a whole truth that, if it does not now exist, will be forced into existence by the will of the United States.”

      Yep, 4GW.

      Wikipedia – – suggested he is an accused murderer and has committed espionage against the US. He seems to be serving jail time right now. No mention is made of Satanism or pedophilia though.

      It looks like the concept has a web site:

      Here is the 1980 paper (10 pages):

      Reading through the paper…

      Aha, here is the 5GW bit:

      The advantage of MindWar is that it conducts wars in a nonlethal, non-injurious, and nondestructive ways, Essentially you overwhelm your enemy with argument. You seize control of all of the means by which his government and populace process information to make up their minds, and you adjust it so that those minds are made up as you desire. Everyone is happy, no one gets hurt or killed, and nothing is destroyed.

      Do it it in small steps and quietly/under-the-radar, and you have an approach to 5GW. However, Do it overtly and forcefully and you have totalitarianism.

      Ok, I finished reading it again. MindWars is a pretty good supplement to thinking about 4GW.

      5GW will emerge to counter this sort of thing.

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