I am trying to rationalise some ideas at the moment. I am not at Staff College but would be grateful on other peoples views, to help contextualise my ideas. What is 5th generation warfare? It is apparent that the US Military Industrial complex is moving to greater emphasis on 5th Generation Technology, JSF (Gen 4.5), F22 (Gen 5), Stryker (Gen 4.5), etc etc....with this huge capability in terms of delivering firepower, within a rapidly changing battlespace, the decision cycle is very small and in theory they can defeat an enemy by completely destroying the enemy decision cycle and military capability almost at will. In essence destroying the CoG or CoGs very quickly at little cost to either party. [The cost is relative to the cost of 3rd Generation war e.g. WWII.] The problem I have with this future is that whilst they and âusâ in coalition with them can win decisively in terms of Clausewitz. Have we won? We have destroyed the ability of the country to fight but in all probability we have not destroyed the will of the people, either because they did not support their government or because they do not fear this potent technology. I believe that we are seeing this in Iraq and in the Occupied Territories, not 4th generational warfare as defined by Xammes but a new 5th generation, where the nation state is no longer the key actor. The question is if this 5th Generation war is the future how democratic countries defeat the will of people who transgress traditional boundaries. Is the logical follow on from 5th Generation warfare the end of Armed Forces as we know it and in effect war can only be won by buying or inducing changes in countries that oppose us? (As democracies at present can not stomach wholesale liquidation of enemy peoples) I think that Iran, Pakistan (if Musharaf goes), Egypt, Syria are countries where 3th, 4th and 5th generation war will all fail. Worse China, Russia are perhaps so large and capable at projecting 3rd/4th generation equipment that a traditional war of attrition will develop and either party and a 5th Gen adversary would consume themselves if conflict ever arose. I am mad or confusing 5th Gen Tech with the concept of 4th Generation war?