chapter  19
Combating Fourth Generation Warfare
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The events of September 11, 2001 punctuated the end of one era of war, and heralded the dawning of a new one. This new era presents policy makers and national security with its own method of conflict, one that makes conventional thinkers uncomfortable and traditional solutions unworkable. This kind of war, as Mao suggested long ago, has several constituent components and overwhelming military power alone is insufficient. Regardless of some unfounded speculation, this does not eliminate the utility of the timeless Prussian sage, Carl von Clausewitz or some 15 centuries of recorded military history before Westphalia. Quite the contrary, he recognized that every age has its own conception of war.2