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Defining Fourth Generation Warfare in John Robb’s ‘Brave New War’

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Jack Donovan reviews John Robb’s “Brave New War” for Alternative Right:

I’ve been following John Robb’s blog Global Guerrillas for a few years, and while I was able to absorb some of his prescient thinking online, I just recently finished his 2007 book, Brave New War. It’s written the way all books concerned with big ideas should be written. Straightforward, unpretentious, no-nonsense. Brave New War is as fast, loose and effective as the open-source networks of insurgents and transnational gangs Robb describes. It’s a tight notebook and a quick read. While many of Robb’s examples are drawn from his analyses of US adventures in Iraq, his observations will be cutting edge for most readers. So many of us are still thinking about war the old-fashioned way—the way that is so over it almost seems quaint.

Brave New War is basically about Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW). Robb argues that conventional wars—where nation-states meet on the field of battle and slaughter each other in a manly and dignified fashion—have become a thing of the past.

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