By Thomas P.M. Barnett
The writer of the groundbreaking bestseller takes his state of the art research to the following point. In civilian and armed forces circles alike, The Pentagon's New Map turned the most talked-about books of the 12 months. The Pentagon's New Map mixed safeguard, fiscal, political, and cultural elements to supply a basic reexamination of battle and peace within the post-9/11 international, and a compelling imaginative and prescient of the long run. Now, senior adviser and armed forces analyst Barnett tells us how we get to that destiny. In a booklet immediately pragmatic, thought-provoking, and positive, he explores either the lengthy- and temporary pathways for governments, associations, and members alike. Paying specific awareness to such international locations and areas as Iran, Iraq, and the center East, China, North Korea, Latin the USA, and Africa, he outlines the ideas to pursue, the entities to create, the pitfalls to beat. If the 1st booklet used to be a compelling framework for confronting twenty-first-century difficulties, the recent e-book is whatever more-a strong highway map via a chaotic and unsure global to "a destiny worthy creating."
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Aha! Not only is the WHAT THE W O R L D NEEDS NOW 19 Army needed now, it is forced to recruit personnel exiting the Navy and Air Force just to fill ranks rapidly depleted by rotations into Iraq! If that isn't damning proof, then what is? Enter the Fourth-Generation Warfare argument with a vengeance. Now, before I lose you in 4 G W lingo, let me offer a quick-and-dirty rendition of the generations of war. " The First Generation is defined as extending from the Treaty of Westphalia (1648) to the American Civil War.
In sum, you need to be able to generate security at the seam between war and peace, making possible the society's seamless transition from the former to the latter. If it's done right, you can preclude the rise of Fourth-Generation Warfare in most postwar situations, although you certainly need to be able to deal with 4 G W no matter what. When presented with the larger overarching concept of the Leviathan-SysAdmin construct, these young Norwegian officers im mediately grasped where their own military could fit in: that seam between war and peace.
In his brilliant book The Sling and the Stone, Colonel Hammes runs through the history of this modern variant of guerrilla war: from M a o to the Vietcong, straight on through to the Sandinistas of Nicaragua and the intifadas of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Naturally, al Qaeda is considered very 4GW, coming as it did out of the great victory that was the Islamic insur gency's defeat of the superpower Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Now, in general, I like the concept of Fourth-Generation Warfare, because, far better than Network-Centric Operations, it incorporates the notion of war within the context of everything else by contextualiz- ing it within the larger complexities of globalization.