Wednesday, November 11, 2015

4th Generation Warfare Handbook

Written by the author of the landmark Maneuver Warfare Handbook and an active-duty USMC officer with experience in Iraq, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook is the doctrine for a new generation of war. Over the last 40 years, the world has gradually entered into a post-Clausewitzian state where the wars are undeclared, the battlefields can be anywhere, the uniforms are optional, and the combatants as well as the targets are often "civilian". Conventional militaries have repeatedly attempted to utilize technology to meet the new challenges posed, but even the most advanced technology has provided little more than meaningless short-term victories rendered futile in months, if not weeks.

This inability of Western governments and militaries to come to terms with the changing nature of modern warfare has led to failed interventions, failed occupations, and now even failed states everywhere from Eastern Europe to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. And with the recent mass movement of peoples around the world, 4th Generation Warfare can be safely expected to appear in Western Europe and the United States before long.

Drawing on their decades of experience with military history and military action, the authors have distilled 4GW theory into a short, concise, easily accessible handbook that provides the soldier, the military analyst, and the civilian observer with a guide to understanding and responding to the changing realities of this challenging new form of war.

4th Generation Warfare Handbook is now available on Amazon for $6.99. If you preordered, you are eligible for a special Brainstorm event featuring the authors. Please send me an email with PREORDER in the subject if you wish to attend; the event has not yet been scheduled.

In an interesting juxtaposition, last night I finished putting the accepted submissions to There Will Be War Vol X in order. What was interesting was that the other non-fiction submissions tended to underline the importance of this handbook, as they both a) appealed to the use of new technology or a combination of 2nd and 3rd Generation tactics, and, b) indicated the need for the very sort of 4GW counterforce that Lind and LtCol Thiele describe in detail in 4th Generation Warfare Handbook. If you're interested in reading more about 4GW theory, you'll definitely want to read On War, which is now available on Kindle Unlimited, in which you can see how Lind gradually refined his thinking on the subject.

It will be interesting to see if this handbook eventually becomes officially adopted in the way its predecessor did in the 1980s. In any event, a belated Happy Birthday, Marines. Hope you like your new doctrine!

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Blogger Jack Ward November 11, 2015 7:44 AM  

Ordered. Now, looking to the paper or hardback edition.

OpenID simplytimothy November 11, 2015 7:45 AM  

Wil a paperback/hardcover version be made available?

Blogger VD November 11, 2015 8:19 AM  

Wil a paperback/hardcover version be made available?

Yes, there will be a paperback sometime next year.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet November 11, 2015 9:26 AM  

For those interested: even as a layman, I found this book to be a good, accessible read. While it pertains to military, there's still strategy lessons to be learned and plenty of reference material to check out. Worth the the read, without question.

Blogger William November 11, 2015 12:04 PM  

I preordered and it showed up this morning, excellent, thanks.

Blogger Lukas Brunnor November 11, 2015 12:10 PM  

Pre-ordered mine and just noticed it popped up on my Fire. Can hardly wait to read it.

Blogger Dave November 11, 2015 12:36 PM  

Yes pleasant surprise it's already out. I've requested the epub and will get in on the Brainstorm.

Blogger Mike Farnsworth November 11, 2015 1:24 PM  

Is this available directly from Castalia House as well, or only on Amazon?

Blogger VD November 11, 2015 2:04 PM  

Is this available directly from Castalia House as well, or only on Amazon?

Only on Amazon.

Blogger Danby November 11, 2015 4:54 PM  

Shame, i don't do kindle. When will it be available in epub?

Blogger Josh November 11, 2015 6:42 PM  

Shame, i don't do kindle. When will it be available in epub?

Calibre is your friend

Blogger Markku November 11, 2015 8:41 PM  

If you email us the Amazon receipt, we'll email you the epub file.

Blogger Markku November 11, 2015 8:42 PM  

Don't try to convert from Kindle format to epub. The result will be so much worse than the epub master file we have.

Blogger Dave November 11, 2015 9:37 PM  

NorthernHamlet November 11, 2015 9:26 AM

For those interested: even as a layman, I found this book to be a good, accessible read.

+1 It's also an important source for politicians to understand so they can help set realistic expectations both in policy and with the public. "Results in Fourth Generation war usually come slowly" and "victory may require taking more casualties than you inflict." Pretty much the opposite way we approach conflicts now.

I'm up to Ch. 6 and beginning to wonder if any fiction has been written yet re 4GW light infantry. The related survival training for living off the land in varied locations ie desert, tropics, mountains would be interesting; Special Forces incorporate much of that I suppose.

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