1st Generation Warfare (line & column)
- First-generation warfare refers to battles fought with massed manpower, using line and column tactics with uniformed soldiers governed by the state.
2nd Generation Warfare (trench warfare)
- Second-generation warfare is the tactics used after the invention of the rifled musket and breech-loading weapons and continuing through the development of the machine gun and indirect fire. The term second generation warfare was created by the U.S. military in 1989.
3rd Generation Warfare (Blitzkrieg)
- Third-generation warfare focuses on using speed and surprise to bypass the enemy's lines and collapse their forces from the rear. Essentially, this was the end of linear warfare on a tactical level, with units seeking not simply to meet each other face to face but to outmaneuver each other to gain the greatest advantage.
- ดูแนวคิดเรื่อง OODA loop และ command and control system
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4th Generation Warfare (Insurgency, Asymmetry warfare)
- The concept of fourth-generation warfare as presented by Lind et al. is characterized by a return to decentralized forms of warfare, blurring of the lines between war and politics, combatants and civilians due to nation states' loss of their near-monopoly on combat forces, returning to modes of conflict common in pre-modern times.
- Read more http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/milreview/lind...
5th Generation Warfare (Robotics warfare)
- “Unmanned Systems Roadmap: 2007-2032”, Office of the Secretay of Defense (10 December 2007) — the report (12 meg PDF). “This roadmap provides Defense-wide vision for unmanned systems and related technologies. The Department will continue … updating it as transformational concepts emerge. Unmanned systems wil continue to have a central role in meeting our country’s diverse security needs, especially in the Global War on Terrorism.”