Accession Number : ADA435502

Title :   Fourth Generation War: Paradigm for Change

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Katoch, Ghanshyam S.

PDF Url : ADA435502

Report Date : JUN 2005

Pagination or Media Count : 207

Abstract : This thesis argues that a shift in the doctrine, organization, equipment and training of armies is required due to a shift in the nature of war. This thesis refers to the "new way of war" as Fourth Generation War (4GW) and this analysis is restricted to the army component of the defense forces. Armies at present are geared to fight the earlier generation of attrition and maneuver wars. In 4GW, an army structured for earlier generations of warfare is militarily dysfunctional. The thesis statement is: Infantry based armies practicing unconventional warfare (UW) are essential for the 4GW battlefield. The thesis argues for the conventionalization of UW. Hypothesis One states that heavy armor/artillery based armies should give way to infantry based armies. Hypothesis Two states that the military doctrine of these infantry based armies should be based on UW. The thesis explains 4GW and examines the relationship between terrorism and 4GW. It studies the impact of 4GW on the Principles of War. It examines whether Special Forces (SF) are the panacea for 4GW and whether increasing the size of SF is the solution. Lastly, the thesis discusses the changes required in the army to fight in a 4GW environment and provides recommendations.

Descriptors :   *WARFARE, *MILITARY ART, ARMOR, MILITARY DOCTRINE, INFANTRY, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, THESES, MANEUVERS, MILITARY TRAINING, ARMY, SPECIAL FORCES, TERRORISM, ARTILLERY, GUERRILLA WARFARE, INSURGENCY, SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, INFORMATION WARFARE.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE