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Building a Table of Contents for “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?”

5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? will be an edited volume of perspectives on “5GW,” one of the most controversial subjects in defense and security studies. 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? will be published by Nimble Books, which is currently overseeing the release of the “Age of Obama” series of works associated with the inauguration of our 44th President. (Books in the “Age of Obama” series include A Reporter’s Journey with Clinton, McCain and Obama in The Making of the President, 2008, Obama Does Globalization, and Persuader in Chief: Global Opinion and Public Diplomacy in the Age of Obama. )

5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? will be on sale by June.

The provisional Table of Contents is as follows:

  • Aherring: Why do we need 5GW?
  • David Axe: 5GW in Africa
  • Adam Elkus: Killing 5GW in Order to Save It: Reinterpreting 5GW Theory
  • Joseph Fouche: Is 5GW the End of the Rainbow?
  • Brent Grace: Reshaping the Battlspace: Using 5GW to Combat Urban Gangs
  • Lexington Green: 5GW: A Value-Destroying Formulation of Contemporary and Future Problems
  • Samuel Liles: Cyber warfare to cyber terrain
  • Dan McIntosh: Transhumanist Politics and 5GW / How does 5GW differ from normal politics?
  • Stephen Pampinella: 5GW and Social Constructivism: Contemporary War as Identity Manipulation
  • Purpleslog: Patterns of 5GW
  • Seerov: Spatial Considerations of 5GW
  • Joe Sherrer: Generalizing Generational Warfare

Additional authors who have expressed interest in submitting chapters include:

  • Jay, of Soob,
  • Mark Safranski, of Zenpundit, and
  • Francis Younghusband, of Coming Anarchy

NImble Books has also published my monography, Revolutionary Strategies in Early Christianity, and the edited volume of the John Boyd Roundtable (which contains a forward by Thomas Barnett, of Great Powers fame).

Call for introductory paragraphs: “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?”

The call for chapters came out three weeks ago, the provisional contributors was announced two weeks ago, and a request for chapter titles came out last week.

The response has been overwhelming.

5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? will be an edited volume of perspectives on “5GW,” one of the most controversial subjects in defense and security studies. 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? will be published by Nimble Books, which is currently overseeing the release of the “Age of Obama” series of works associated with the inauguration of our 44th President. 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War? should be on sale by June.

The provisional contributor list, along with provisional titles, is as follows:

  • Aherring: Why do we need 5GW?
  • David Axe: 5GW in Africa
  • Adam Elkus: Killing 5GW in Order to Save It: Reinterpreting 5GW Theory
  • Joseph Fouche: Is 5GW the End of the Rainbow?
  • Brent Grace: Reshaping the Battlspace: Using 5GW to Combat Urban Gangs
  • Lexington Green: 5GW: A Value-Destroying Formulation of Contemporary and Future Problems
  • Jay, of Soob
  • Samuel Liles: Cyber warfare to cyber terrain
  • Dan McIntosh: Transhumanist Politics and 5GW / How does 5GW differ from normal politics?
  • Stephen Pampinella: 5GW and Social Constructivism: Contemporary War as Identity Manipulation
  • Purpleslog: Patterns of 5GW
  • Mark Safranski, of Zenpundit
  • Seerov: Spatial Considerations of 5GW
  • Joe Sherrer: Generalizing Generational Warfare
  • Francis Younghusband, of Coming Anarchy

As editor, I am now calling on all those interested in writing a chapter for the edited volume, 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War, to submit a first or introductory paragraph. This one-paragraph-long introduction is provisional. It should serve to organize thoughts, and provide a dramatic or logical (or both) preview for the full chapter.

Here is the first paragraph for my chapter, “5GW: The Fifth Gradient of War”:

We control and improve war. We do this by making war more psychological, burrowing into your enemy’s mind and depriving him of a foe he can see. We do this by making more war peaceful, moving from killing tens of thousands in battle to one or two in war. We do this by defining what we mean by ‘enemy,’ no longer ‘he who wishes us harm’ but ‘he who does not care that we exist.’ We do this by fighting for our enemy, so that he can live, he can rule, he can fight, and he can believe in terms that he does not realize have been dictated by us.

Please post your first paragraphs below as a comment, or else email them to me, at dan@tdaxp.com.

Call for chapter titles: “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?”

The call for chapters came out two weeks ago, and the provisional contributors list came out last week. So far, 13 contributors (including myself) have offered to contribute a chapter to an edited volume, tentatively titled 5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?. I want to again thank those who have expressed an interest:

This is a call for all authors interested in contributing to submit a tentative title for their chapter in the book. This title may change. In order to keep this project on track, however, I am requesting that all contributors submit a short-chapter to guide their thoughts and to allow the release of a tentativle table of contents. Please leave your tentative titles as a comment to this post, or email them to dan@tdaxp.com.

As editor, I will go first. My chapter in the volume will be titled “5GW: The Fifth Gradient of War.”

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 dan@tdaxp.com.

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 Amazon.com 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!

Call for chapters: “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?”

Introduction

Many thinkers have proposed a system of “generations” or “gradients” of warfare. Early literature on the subject was written in 2003 by David Steele and in 2004 by Willam Lind and Thomas X. Hammes.

As America begins to wind-down her involment in Iraq, escalates her presence in Afghanistan, and moves to a new era with the inaguration of Barack Obama, knowledge of the future of war is more important than ever. “5GW: The Fifth Generation of War?” will address the debate surrounding 5GW, including the rival Generations of Modern Warfare (GMW) and xGW frameworks. Other perspectives are encouraged, as well.

Possible Topics

Possible topics covering all aspects of 5GW include

  • Historical examples of 5GW
  • The validity (or lack therefore) of 5GW speculation
  • The future of 5GW
  • A possible “sunset” of 5GW, after which 5GWs will no longer occur
  • Policy responses to 5GW
  • Integration of 5GW with other approaches in order to further the national interest
  • 5GW and “boots on the ground”
  • xGW v. GMW
  • Other 5GW-related topics

Guidelines

Following Nimble’s standard guidelines, the entire volume will be between 60 – 120 pages, on 8 x 10 paper, amounting to 15,000 to 40,000 words total.

Both original and repurposed contributions are encouraged. The Nimble Standard Contributors Contract (PDF) and Nimble Marketing Playbook are available online.

The format of this work will be similar to Mark Sanfraski (Ed.)’s The John Boyd Roundtable: Debating Science, Strategy, and War

Please e-mail all inquiries and proposal submissions to dan@tdaxp.com, or leave a reply to this page below.

This volume will follow the Nimble content, procedure, and style guidelines for edited volumes.

Global Guerrillas as Advocacy Theory

Recently I was puzzled by an online comment. Responding to something Tanguerna wrote:

It is a tragedy when someone refuses to acknowledge that their baby is dead.

John Robb seconded:

Or stillborn like tdaxp’s “secret war.”

To me this is strange. My post on 5GW, or SecretWar, attempt to describe something that I see as actually happening. If my thoughts on soundlessness and formlessness, say, are inaccurate, I would expect them to be that way: wrong from the beginning, not wrong the the day they are born (written?). Likewise, if they are accurate, they were no more “born” of me than any process is born of a discoverer — the researcher outlines what already exists, but does not create anything new.

Then I realized the obvious: Global Guerrillas is an advocacy theory. The reason that “global guerrillas” do not exist is that Robb hasn’t invented them yet. For his theory to be “true” he does not have to match the facts on the ground, but create the facts. Robb outlines his unique perspective on war not to describe something that exists but to create something new. For him, his idea could truly be stillborn if no groups can be convinced if the existence of his “systempunkt” and other ideas. This also explains his use of incoherent definitions. Robb’s theory becomes “true” if it actually happens, not if his words, deeds, &c agree with each other. “Truth” becomes defined by reality, not by our more traditional scales of veracity. This freedom from the demands of logic, allowing him to claim that the instability of grand coalitions is somehow something new, etc.