How to win a ‘Fifth-Generation’ war

5GW will be a “vortex of violence”, inchoate rage aimed at the United States, say military theorists. It will be successful, just like 4GW is now.

So how do you beat a fifth-gen enemy? By not fighting, first of all. Beebe says ending the vortex of violence in Africa means alleviating “the conditions of human beings that create these insecurities across state borders.” In other words, focus on economic development, humanitarian assistance and communication, with nary an M-16 or Abrams tank in sight.

In Coer’s words, “success will vary inversely to exported violence.”

The solution sounds quite a lot like a modern-day Peace Corps, doesn’t it?

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