Pakistan: The Battle That Wasn’t

About two weeks ago, the world’s attention suddenly turned to a dramatic battle in Pakistan. The Pakistani Army, we were told, had trapped a large force of al Qaeda, including a "high-value target," possibly Ayman Zawahiri. The Pakistanis brought in artillery and air power. The fate of the al Qaeda fighters was sealed. Then the … Continue reading “Pakistan: The Battle That Wasn’t”

Understanding Fourth Generation War

Rather than commenting on the specifics of the war with Iraq, I thought it might be a good time to lay out a framework for understanding that and other conflicts. The framework is the Four Generations of Modern War. I developed the framework of the first three generations (“generation” is shorthand for dialectically qualitative shift) … Continue reading “Understanding Fourth Generation War”

Iraq’s ‘Fourth Generation War’ is Nothing New

Will Saddam’s capture mark a turning point in the war in Iraq? Don’t count on it. Few resistance fighters have been fighting for Saddam personally. Saddam’s capture may lead to a fractioning of the Baath Party, which would move us further toward a Fourth Generation situation where no one can recreate the state. It may … Continue reading “Iraq’s ‘Fourth Generation War’ is Nothing New”