Zenpundit and others are entering a debate on the historical legitimacy of 4GW theory.
My take: the state vs. state generational framework of the 4GW theory has run its course. It is extremely useful as a method of describing the state's use of proxies to fight other states. It accurately describes the rise of proxy guerrilla wars by cold war opponents and proxy terrorism by developing nations as a means to achieve objectives without conventional/nuclear conflict. We've gone beyond the proxy model and therefore beyond the 4GW generational framework.Globalization has radically changed the context of warfare. We are now in a world where conflict isn't between states but rather between states and self-sufficient non-states. It's post generational and the goals, methods, organizational types, etc are very different than 4GW dictates. We're fighting global guerrillas.