Fourth-generation warfare

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Fourth-generation warfare (4GW) is a conflict in which there is a blurring of the separation between war and politics and combatants/civilians. 4GW wars are more decentralized in terms of their command and control.

The term fourth-generation warfare was initially used in 1980 by a team of United States analysts, including the author William S. Lind, to describe warfare's return to a decentralized expression of conflict.[1]

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  1. Fourth generation warfare, The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential