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).

The irrationality of corporate governance

As I mentioned, the Goldman Sachs bonuses ($10 billion in federal bail-out money, $10 billion in year-end bonuses) are a symptom of a deeper problem:

Gene Expression: CEO pay, part II
If you read my previous post on CEO salary cap, check out Jim Manzi’s thoughts. Also, Felix Salmon and Megan Barnett debate the pay cap (he is in favor, she against). After Salmon presented his case I’m inclined to be less charitable to Barnett than I was before. But this post by Bob Sutton seals the deal:

The results still amaze me: After controlling for traditional size and performance measures, the amount of money made outside directors, especially those on the compensation committee, had a huge effect on CEO pay. O’Reilly and his colleagues report that for every $100,000 that the average member of the compensation committee is paid, the CEO’s pay goes up another $51,000 per year. Remember, these effects are independent of firm performance and size!
There are two lessons here. The first, as is well-documented, that there is little relationship between what CEOs get paid and firm performance, other — less rational — factors overwhelm it….

It is a documented social science finding that the more intelligent tend to hue more closely to the ideal of H. economicus. But just because smarter people are more rational does not mean that they are very rational (humans being a very irrational beast). Here’s another nugget about CEOs you probably know about:

What legal solution should we have if shareholders as a class are unable to care for their own interests in a company?