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Reading Note: Grand Strategy and 5GW

From Great Powers: America and the World After Bush by Thomas P.M. Barnett

Pg. 375

“This is what the next generation of warfare will be all about: achieving nonkinetic victories by steering other nations’ ambitions.”

A quote so short from a book so extensive is, of course, taken out of its context. Barnett isn’t speaking here about the Generations of Modern Warfare (GMW) or about XGW (or at least there is no mention of it in the director’s commentary or endnotes), but he is in this section, and throughout the book, talking about grand strategy, the pinnacle level of expressions of Force, a level for which the mainly non-kinetic doctrines of the fifth gradient are optimized.


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