Title

Fourth Generation Operations: Principles for the ‘Long War’

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

This study develops the concepts of fourth generation operations and the associated principles. First, the concept of fourth generation operations is introduced and defined. Fourth generation operations are the evolution and extension of third and fourth generation warfare based on a change of tactics, technology, and combatants. These operations are currently ongoing in Afghanistan and Iraq, and with the global war on terrorism. Based on the framework of US joint doctrine, the supporting principles of fourth generation operations are developed. This requires the introduction of the principle of Population Perception.

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DOI

10.1080/09592310802061372

Source Publication

Small Wars and Insurgencies

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