On the (Virtual) Bookshelf: The Handbook of 5GW
Edited by Dr. Daniel H. Abbott a.k.a. TDAXP
(and containing a chapter authored by Yours Truly)
This is not a review but rather an announcement of the official launch of the Kindle edition of The Handbook of 5GW.
I had the honor of being one of the contributors to this book. My chapter deals with how, in light of the events of 9/11, I found myself drawn into a discussion of a form of warfare that, I envisioned, would provide the doctrine to combat the methods and means of those who had attacked the United States on that fateful day. I would like to think that I have had a role in shaping and expanding that discussion into a concept of even greater significance and utility.
From the Amazon description:
“The successful application of the Fifth Generation of Warfare (5GW) is “indistinguishable from magic” (Rees 2009, following in the spirit of Clarke’s Law, propounded by the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey) “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”). The Fifth-Generation warrior hides in the shadows, or in the static. So, then, how can analysts and researchers study and discuss 5GW?
Other questions also demand answers. What is the xGW framework, which many theorists use to describe 5GW? What alternatives to the xGW framework exist? What 5GWs have been observed? What are the source documents for the xGW framework? What is the universe of discourse that the xGW framework emerged from? Why bother trying to understand 5GW?
This handbook attempts to provide systematic answers to these questions in several major sections, each of which is written by many contributors. While this handbook records many different voices of 5GW research, it speaks with one voice on the need to understand 5GW, the fifth gradient of warfare.”
As a teaser, an iteration of my Framework for XGW appears in my chapter.
My posts on 5GW, many from the sadly disappeared (reactivated!) Dreaming 5GW, can be found under the D5GW category here at Red Herrings. Other posts on XGW in general, and those written after the demise of Dreaming 5GW, are found under the XGW category.
A distraction and digression of the amusing kind: Citizen Fouche’s sales pitch for The Handbook of 5GW is not to be missed.