“Fourth Generation Warfare” Resources and MountainRunner Reviews “No End in Sight”
While working on an article on Fourth Generation Warfare (see also this) and international law, I have started reading various blogs that are concerned with the decentralization of military force, the evolution of security threats, and of the techniques for addressing those threats.
In case Opinio Juris readers are interested in these (or related) issues, let me note a few of the many useful resources on the web. A good group of sites are Coming Anarchy (to which I have linked in various posts in recent weeks), Global Guerillas, Thomas P.M. Barnett, Small Wars Journal, and MountainRunner. They are all very interesting and informative on topics such as networked conflict, the transformation of the military, and the relationship of military to other forms of power projection. Agree or disagree with their various viewpoints, they are likely to get you thinking. Moreover, their blogrolls and resource lists can point you to more excellent sites. See also this resource list.
As for my current research, I’ll write more on that in the coming weeks.
… to explore and discuss the relationships between military force, both public and private, public diplomacy, and modern conflict. Implicit in this is the friction between civil and military institutions as it relates to command and control of military force in a constantly evolving environment where conflict is a political tool of both the weak and the strong. Public diplomacy thus becomes
a potential toolan element of national security to shorten, terminate, and prevent conflict to save the lives of both civilians and military personnel as it seeks to influence present and future enemies and their support networks.
As for his take on the film, the review begins by stating that
Charles Ferguson has made a strong picture that will likely get strong traction by not playing on emotion but telling it like it was. Through 3,000 pages of interview transcripts over 70 interviews, plus 40 more in Iraq, he creates a riveting narrative with smart interviews spliced with press conference footage to make this film. The result is some pretty incredible, and damning, statements from former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine, General Jay Garner, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Col. Paul Hughes, Nir Rosen, George Packer and others. Splicing in news conferences from Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney, President George W. Bush, and others helped tell the story of OHRA, CPA, and after. Needless to say, Rumsfeld plays a significant role in the movie through his press conferences.
Check out the full review.
And, while you are clicking around to various sites, don’t miss this post, also from MountainRunner, that includes an organization chart for the spy squirrels, attack badgers, and other [potential] irregular animal troops. OK, I promise that will be my last reference to that stuff. Really.