5th Generation War

In figure three, the graph indicates that the US military believes that brit potency was in decline until the start of telic, and has now steadied, but not increased.

this is is the best encapsulation of the "special relationship" that I have seen


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jumpinjarhead said:
I thought it might generate some useful discussion so I refer you to an article from the January 2009 issue of my service's professional journal, The Marine Corps Gazette, for your perusal.


You may also be interested in this commentary that also appeared in the same journal:

JJH - thanks for the article. I remain to be convinced...

Coerr's 5GW seems to be merely a subset of 4GW. I have read a fair amount on this over the last couple of years; in particular I like one of your own - Col Thomas Hammes - and his thoughts on the subject. His book "The Sling and the Stone" I think sums up where most people believe 4GW sits. If this is the case, the scenario described in this article fits fairly comfortably under the heading 4GW.

Is this view of 5GW gaining any popular backing or does it remain the academic musings of one man?

If you come across anymore like this, please do put it on here...

I agree that 5GW can be seen as a subset of 4GW but the moneclature is not as important as the thoughts put forward. Hammes is one of our better and brighter thinkers in this arena but much of this is still undergoing debate and refinement so I can't really give a judgment as to how much traction it is getting in the US.

If things continue on their current trajectories in terms of the current administration's penchant for profligate spending on social programs and pork-laden "stimulus" efforts and its rather transparent disdain for national defense matters, much of this debate will never be more than academic.
Although written mainly from the perspective of my service, this article has some pretty good observations and recommendations on force structure, equipping and deployment for future Afghanistan operations. Given the size of our Corps, there may be some application to UK issues.


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