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Revolution in Military Affairs versus 4th Generation Warfare

William Lind has an interesting little blurp, contrasting the two thoughts on modern warfare, the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) and 4th Generation Warfare (4GW).

I never really thought of these two as opposites, rather that RMA (high tech weaponry and reliance on air-power) was a way to deal with the realities of 4GW (non-state "actor-isation" of warfare). I still don't think they are, but I see Lind's point, when he underscores the Winograd commissions' findings after the Israeli war in Lebanon last year: The western military is in a state of denial when it comes to the limitation of high-precision weapons in the new realities of war.

The Death of the RMA, by William S. Lind



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