Provisional contributors list: “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?”

The call for chapters came out one week ago. Already, the interest is overwhelming. So far, nine authors have stepped forward as provisional contributos for a new edited volume on ‘5GW,’ tentativel titled 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?. So far, the contributos are all bloggers, or commenters at blog. Additioanlly, several are professional writers (Adam Elkus writes for Huffington Post, while David Axe penneed “How to win a ‘Fifth-generation’ war” for Wired.)

Academics are also included in the list. Samuel Liles is an associated professor at Purdue University Calumet, Francis Younghusband attended the Royal Military College of Canada, Mark Safranski is a trained historian, and others bring the formal thinking and skepticism that advanced training provides.

The list below is provisional. Names may yet be added or removed. However, I am thrilled with the reaction so far to the new edited volume on 5GW.

Are you interested in contributong to an edited volume at 5GW? If so, comment below, or email me at

As this volume is aimed at a very targed audience (military professionals, analysts, and researchers interested in the changing face of war), the primarily payoff will be helping spread your understanding of 5GW, helping others discover the concept and your understanding of it through and Google Book Search, as well as providing a literary citation for researchers and analysts who need one. Nonetheless, our publisher Nimble Books provides royalties, and all contributors will have to sign the Nimble Contributor Contract, per Nimble’s policy on edited volumes.

The tentative deadline for mansucripts is March 21. This will contributos enough time to finish up other projects, such as the Clausewitz Roundtable. I will try to release weekly updates on the project, as well as reminders for any who wish to contribute.

Good luck, and good writing!

11 thoughts on “Provisional contributors list: “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?””

  1. Dan Tdaxp,

    I’m thinking it may be a good time to start my own blog? Do you have any suggestions on which one to use. Are they all pretty much the same?

  2. Dan
    I would like to contribute a chapter along the lines of what we discussed in the earlier thread. [1] Based on research I did for previous paper on public housing, I’m pretty sure I can demonstrate a small scale 5GW campaign against gangs in Chicago in the mid 1990s [2] and I’m doing a lot of reading to demonstrate that something similar happened in NYC. Off the top of my head I would love to be able to call my section:

    Transforming the Battelspace: The Grand Strategy of Rudy Giuliani

    About how many words are you guys looking for per section?



  3. Brent,

    Absolutely, welcome aboard!

    I talked to Joseph Fouche after being impressed by his excellent piece on Clausewitz and xGW [1]. He will be contributing, as well.

    Word-length is entirely up to you. One Threats in the Age of Obama comes up I will try to send review copies to contributors to see one of the pieces we are using as a model. But what is important is producing a chapter that gets your point across — the number of words should serve that purpose.


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  6. Potentially dumb question: Has anyone explicitely wrote anything comparing martial arts to generational warfare? I just did a quick search, but didn’t see anything.

    Reason I ask is, I saw a show on Animal Planet last night talking about Kung Fu and the inspiration its masters got from various animals. Watching that and listening to the descriptions of how the styles work suggests (to my mind) the following correlations.
    0GW–The guy who just takes the blows without throwing any back, either because he can’t or because he thinks he can outlast the attacker.
    1GW–Bar brawl. No particular emphasis on skill or strategy beyond “hit the guy and try to avoid getting hit”.
    2GW–The harder styles like Tiger or Eagle, emphasizing speed and power, to try and get the first (and hopefully last) punch.
    3GW–Grappling and locking styles (they mentioned the Snake styles) which try to deny the opponent freedom of movement without giving up the same.
    4GW–Several styles which employ confusing and misleading moves to avoid blows while wearing down an opponent and his will to fight.
    5GW–By that pattern, based on the OODA loop, a 5GW form would probably be one of those Dim Mok techniques you see in the more fantastical movies that allow a seemingly innocuous touch to kill or disable an opponent. Or maybe someone employing passive resistance to gain the sympathy of onlookers (assuming the fight couldn’t be avoided altogether?

    If someone (who hopefully knows more about 5GW and martial arts than I do) has written such an article, you might want to hunt him or her down for a chapter.

  7. Michael, I don’t think there is any on the generational account of martial arts.

    I posted a rather large piece on using the PISRR in martial arts on a martial arts forum a few years ago. I also combined it with an evolutionary account of how martial arts evolved in a competitive adaptive system. I’m thinking of starting to blog again with a new blog, so I may tweak it a little, as at the time it was an off the cuff forum post cause someone wanted me to explain an off the cuff remark I made.

    In the mean time there are quite a few blogs around combining OODA with fighting (a huge number actually, it’s used quite often by martial artists of all types, .e.g here is one from a mate of mine on swordfighting: )

    Probably not what you REALLY wanted, but it might give you food for thought (I’d also be interested in your analogy between the two by the way).

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