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fourth generation warfare

Definition/Scope: The fourth generation warfare theory can be seen as a type of warfare that has evolved from insurgency that uses all available networks - political, economic, social, military - to convince the enemy’s decision makers that their strategic goals are either unachievable or too costly for the perceived benefit. The first generation of being massed manpower (European model), second was massed firepower (machine gun and indirect fire). The third generation brought about a change in maneuver tactics (focused more on the situation and enemy and using personal initiative).



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