Fourth Generation Operations: Principles for the ‘Long War’
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.
Small Wars and Insurgencies
Artelli, M. J., & Deckro, R. F. (2008). Fourth generation operations: principles for the “Long War.” Small Wars & Insurgencies, 19(2), 221–237. https://doi.org/10.1080/09592310802061372