Sling and the Stone On War in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0760324077
ISBN-13: 9780760324073
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Thomas X. Hammes
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group USA
Publication date: 2/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

4GW (Fourth Generation Warfare) is the only kind of war America has ever lost. And we have done so three times – in Vietnam, Lebanon, and Somalia. This form of warfare has also defeated the French in Vietnam and Algeria, and the USSR in Afghanistan…As the only Goliath left in the world, we should be worried that the world’s Davids have found a sling and stone that work." – Chapter 1, The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century. The War in Iraq. The War on Terror. These types ofnbsp; "asymmetrical" warfare are the conflicts of the 21st century – and show how difficult it is for the world's remaining superpower to battle insurgents and terrorists who will fight unconventionally in the face of superior military power. This change in military conflict may seem sudden.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a career Marine, Thomas Hammes has spent most of his twenty-eight years serving in infantry and intelligence assignments. Colonel Hammes is considered by many in the defense community as the foremost expert in insurgent warfare. He has written numerous articles on defense issues and has appeared on PBS's News Hour. He is a senior military fellow at the National Defense University. He lives with his family in Northern Virginia.

Introduction
Four Generations of Warfare
The First Two Generations of Modern War
Transition to Third-Generation Warfare
Changes in Society
Mao and the Birth of Fourth-Generation War
The Vietnamese Modification
The Sandinista Refinement
The Intifada: Civilians versus an Army
The al-Aqsa Intifada
Al Qaeda: A Transnational Enemy
Afghanistan: A Tribal Network
Iraq: High-Tech versus Fourth-Generation
Technology: Not a Panacea
Characteristics of Fourth-Generation War
Where to from Here?
Evaluating the Threat
The Future Is Flexibility
End Notes
References
Index

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