Problem

Fourth generation warfare

Other Names:
Assymetrical war
Manoeuver warfare
Nature:

Fourth-generation warfare (4GW) is conflict characterized by a blurring of the lines between war and politics, combatants and civilians.

The term was first used in 1980 by a team of United States analysts, including paleoconservative William S. Lind, to describe warfare's return to a decentralized form. In terms of generational modern warfare, the fourth generation signifies the nation states' loss of their near-monopoly on combat forces, returning to modes of conflict common in pre-modern times.

The simplest definition includes any war in which one of the major participants is not a state but rather a violent non-state actor. Classical examples of this type of conflict, such as the slave uprising under Spartacus, predate the modern concept of warfare.

Broader Problems:
Unconventional war
Related Problems:
Terrorism
Information warfare
Strategies:

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.03.2014 – 00:02 CET