Curtis supplied a subject-rich list of xGWish future post ideas…

…here in “A Test for xGW Theorists“: A test for xGW theorists who do not believe in a linear emergence, or a dialectical relationship for the G’s: A more detailed, in-depth, account of 1GW-4GW, each, with descriptions of tactics, strategies, societies behind them or required for them, mind-sets/paradigms, etc., more fully developed for those. There […]

“There needs to be a Journal of xGW, with strong editorial oversight…”

Curtis writes: There needs to be a Journal of xGW, with strong editorial oversight (for quality-control, not necessarily as strong content control) — a kind of monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly Handbook of 5GW. More than a mere scattering of blog posts. So, how do we go about this? Could we start with just maybe a […]

“Unrestricted Warfare” (URW) and XGW / 4GW / 5GW

I have been meaning to write this for awhile. Zenpundit’s mention of “Unrestricted Warfare” and 4GW/5GW got me to type it: The ideas from URW haven’t quite made there way into 4GW/5GW…there is a lot of richness in the its ideas. There is more in URW then is in Lind’s 4GW. So, does that make […]

Capturing My Thoughts: XGW, Coming Anarchy, Boyd, and Categories of Conflict

CA states: These categories provided the basis for Lind’s later work on 4GW. The advantage to Boyd’s categories is the ahistorical aspect — there is no chain of causality. Here are the categories: Attrition Warfare — as practiced by the Emperor Napoleon, by all sides during the 19th century and during World War I, by […]

Is the 0GW part of the XGW Wrong? [Update]

Should 0GW be dropped from XGW? – Is 0GW just 1GW…but seen through a lens of primitive technologies and societies? – Are some parts of 0GW really just 4GW…but once again through a lens of primitive technologies and societies? – Are some parts of of 0GW really 2GW, without the industrial base but with the […]

Graphic/Mapping: XGW – Kinetics vs. Domain [Update]

Here is a graphic of the the grid I settled upon for showing how the XGW category framework differs on kinetics vs simple domains (military and/or Society). I was trying to do something that wasn’t linear. Update: The subscript for K stands for High. Medium, Low, Update: Here is the shorthand for different modes in […]

Capturing My Thoughts 1: Defining xGW Without Historical Mappings

From here: I think of each xGW “generation” as a conflict mode to be used given the nature/intentions/capabilities of competing/cooperating actors and whatever is the state of the world at that particular time and place. Globalization is just making it so that now the place for our current particular time is the entire earth for […]

xGW as Defined by Mel Gibson Movies

Wizard of Oz has it here. It is clever and fun. The discussion is pretty good too.

Has Glenn Beck discovered 5GW?

I was home sick today. Of course, my TWC Internet went down at 8am and stayed down till now. I would say fuck TWC, but I don’t have a broadband alternative in my apartment. I did config my Roku to connect to a neighbor’s unprotected Wi-FI network so I could stream music from Pandora. Anyways… […]

5GW Operation Notes: Who What Where When Why How

Here some notes to help me clarify my own thinking. The notes may be useful to others as well. As always, I appreciate any comments, questions, corrections, additions…feedback of any sort. 5GW DEFINITION 5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of […]

Recent Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) Stuff on the Internet

TDAXP is taking the lead with a souvenir edition of the Dreaming 5GW PoV on 5GW theory by calling for chapter ideas and submissions for a 5GW Book. This is a great idea (and overdue). I hope CGW can be coaxed into participating. MY suggestions are here. Glenn Anderson has a posting on Making Meme […]

My Suggestion for chapters for Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) book

TDAXP is calling for chapter ideas and submissions for a 5GW Book (a souvenir edition) of the Dreaming 5GW PoV on Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW) theory . Here are my suggestions for an overview: Forward by TBD What is Fifth Generation Warfare (5GW): Our Point of View (PoV) The Genesis of this PoV XGW, not […]

Book Notes – “War Nerd by Gary Brecher”

I finished reading “War Nerd” which is collection/bookification (yeah I made up the word) of Gray Brecher’s “War Nerd” web column. The author is annoying, smug, and geeky. I quite enjoyed the book. You should buy it. If you start reading it, keep reading. It is a very readable analysis region-by-region of what is referred […]

Weekend Links – 18 May 2008

These may or may not be of interest to you: Pricings For Underground Markets In Computer Crime : Ancient humans started down the path of evolving into two separate species before merging back into a single population, a genetic study suggests. The genetic split in Africa resulted in distinct populations that lived in isolation […]

BookTV Podcast with “The Utility of Force” author Gen. Rupert Smith…

…can be subscribed to here. That’s how I listened to it. The webcast version link crashed my browser. It was quite interesting. He seems to be presenting a similar framework to Lind or XGW. Of course, since he is British, he sounds even smarter then he really is (which is smart to begin with). I […]

Purpleslog on Covert Radio – Topic: “5th Generation Warfare – What does it all mean?”

My voice is disguised by a heavy cold, I talk way to fast (as I do in real life when excited), and I didn’t sleep much the night before, but none the less, an interview I gave on 5GW for Brett Winterble’s Covert Radio has been published. The time runs 18m40s. The interview covered the […]

What should 0GW be called? [Updated]

Keeping with a theme, What should 0GW be called? The other conflict modes of the xGW have nice short reference names: – 1GW is [TBD] – 2GW is Attrition Warfare – 3GW is Maneuver Warfare – 4GW is [Well, that is another post] – 5GW is Secret War So, what should 0GW be called? – […]

What should 1GW (First Generation Warfare) be called? [Update]

What should 1GW (First Generation Warfare) be called? The other conflict modes of the xGW have nice short reference names: – 2GW is Attrition Warfare – 3GW is Maneuver Warfare – 4GW is [Well, that is another post] – 5GW is Secret War So, what is 1GW? – Linear Warfare? – Basic Warfare? – Organized […]

Book Notes – “The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People” by Jonathan Schell

I bought this book about 2 years ago, but I just recently got around to reading it after some recent related posts. So I read through the book with those posts in mind, along with looking for 5GW ideas and xGW ideas in general. My notes: The book of course doesn’t use terminology like 4GW […]

5GW Makes Use of Another Dimension to Conflict: Institutional

In all of xGW, conflict can be thought of as having these as dimensions: – Grand Strategy – Strategy – Operational (aka Boyd’s Grand Tactics) – Tactics Starting with 3GW and especially with 4GW, three other dimensions where acknowledged and became useful and used: – Physical – Moral – Mental The idea is you can […]

Did Lind just come out in favour of Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich?

Where do we see a leader who can turn aside the march toward war? Not in the Middle East itself, nor among American Presidential candidates, only two of whom, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, represent a real change of direction. [link] First, he declared himself to be a monarchist. Then he called for American Generals […]

Counter-Insurgency Lessons from the Romans

Via the The Capitol Tribune, notes about an insurgency long ago: The year was 19 A.D., in the Roman province of Africa (at that time, the area in and around modern Tunisia). A Numidian leader, and a former–a deserter actually–Roman auxiliary commander, by the name of Tacfarinas, had started a rebellion. The Lessons learned include: […]

5GW Thinking from Blog Christian Soldiers

I have been looking around for more view on concepts for a possible Fifth Generation Warfare. The Blog Christian Soldiers has some thoughts. In this post, he concentrates on the Meme/Information aspects of 5GW: Yet so many believe the thoughts in their heads are truly theirs alone. Is this belief actually justified? Once propaganda is […]


Just a quick note. I will get back to a more regular blogging schedule real soon now. I got sidetracked on softpower/xGW when preparing for a series of posts. I will be coming back soon with regular posting. I would be open to the idea if anybody would like to make a few guest posts […]

4GW and Soft Power – Notes and Snippets

I having been working on a few potential posts with a bit more meat in them The big constraint on me recently has been time. In preparation for long post or series of post on a different spin of the Generations of War (xGW) framework, I have been exploring soft power thinking. I have been […]