Fourth Generation Warfare

William Lind, Free Congress Foundation and Chet Richards author of
“Neither Shall the Sword” will join us for a discussion of fourth
generation warfare and the implications of the shift away from
large-scale state-vs-state conflicts. Both writers have been critical
of the Defense Department’s efforts at transformation, as well it’s
ability to meet current and future threats. Richard’s contrasts the
high levels of US defense spending, with the difficulty of effectively
addressing insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan. What trends and
lessons can we learn from the last 15 years about stabilization
operations? What other options do we have to address these ‘new’
threats? How can the US adequately prepare for confrontations with both
large scale conventional forces and asymmetric threats?
“Security for a New Century” is a bipartisan study group for Congress.
We meet regularly with U.S. and international policy professionals to
discuss the post Cold War and post 9/11 security environment. All
discussions are off-the-record. It is not an advocacy venue.

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