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The Next Generation of Warfare
GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab
Over the course of human history, civilized nations have sought to discover and devise new ways have sought to conduct themselves during warfare. The four generations of warfare have, over the last five centuries, changed and altered the scale by which centuries, changed and altered the scale by which humanity participates in war. The most recent of these generations, the fourth generation, has given way to the rise of non-state actors, or organizations without state actors, or organizations without state actors, or organizations without state actors, or organizations without any legal sovereignty. The rise of these actors, facilitated by the benevolence of powerful states, has led to uncontrollable and chaotic forms of warfare rising to predominance around the world and displacing the position of state as sole armed actor in international conflict or otherwise. In order for this trend to be reversed, and the power of non-state state actors to be nullified once more, sovereign states must take steps to ensure that the future of warfare, the fifth generation, is one that re-establishes the supremacy of the state as sole legitimate actor in international affairs. This entire process must be done through the affairs. This entire process must be done through the development of a new generation warfare focused on both technological and theoretical innovations, spearheaded by the great states of world and focused entirely on the countering of non-state actors and unconventional tactics of warfare. Once states master unconventional warfare, only then will they have the ability to counter and destroy it.