This is a big step for me. For a long time now, I’ve been a military historian, but it’s only been recently that I’ve begun to explore the future of war, rather than just its past. Unlike some previous music blogs I’ve worked on, I hope for this to be almost entirely original content on a dynamic, evolving field that I’m just beginning to grasp some basic aspects of. It goes by many names: Fourth Generation War (4GW), ‘Futurewar’, another Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA). Whatever you call it, it’s obvious that something fundamental in the way mankind fights itself is changing dramatically, and at times rapidly. I’ll be posting research, interesting links, and keeping you up to date with essays I write for my various classes.
So who am I?
Right now I’m a graduate student at the London School of Economics, studying history and international relations. My background is much the same, but the main difference is that I’ve generally focused on the past. In this blog I aim to write about the present, and especially the future evolution of war, warfare, and conflict. Some of my past professors who have particularly contributed to my current intellectual state include Frederic Smoler, Jefferson Adams, Christopher Coker, and Michael J. Williams.
Much of the inspiration (and for the first little while, I assume, some of the content) for this blog comes from John Robb’s absolutely fantastic Global Guerrillas. Robb is really at the cutting edge of what he’s deemed “open-source warfare,” and while his politics and mine clearly differ, it’s irrelevant to the larger points he has. Shlok Vaidya is also one of the thinkers at the forefront of 4GW and network-centric war. I’m just beginning this journey myself, so as I find new people, new insights, and new blogs, I’ll be sure to share them all with you. Thanks for reading.
This should be an interesting ride.