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What is meant by fifth-generation warfare & why should Pakistanis need to understand it?

Aug 22, 2020 | 1 comment

What is meant by fifth-generation warfare?

The Sundarji Doctrine was established in the early ’80s by the Indian Army. The Sundarji Doctrine was about splitting Pakistan into two parts. In 2001, under the weight of Operation Parakram, the Sundarji Doctrine expired. The Indian army then came up with what’s known as the Doctrine of Cold Start.

The Cold Start Doctrine did not attempt to infiltrate deeply into Pakistan. Rather, it was mobilizing the Indian army to seize small territories in Pakistan and then negotiate with Pakistan. Pakistan has countered the Cold Start Doctrine in the form of defensive equipment known as the Hatf-IX.

Both Sunderji Doctrine Cold Start and Service were displaced. These doctrine developers have come up with new weapons, ones that do not include rockets, tanks, or artillery. The aim was to bring down the Pakistani economy in such a way that the nation lacks enough money to be redirected to the defense sector.

 Fifth-generation war

Fifth-generation warfare is the economy’s use for either taking down a nation or persuading a country to change its actions based on economic pressures. The Warfare of the Fifth Generation (5GW) is the battle of perceptions and knowledge. 5GW is also a cultural and moral war that distorts the masses’ understanding by offering a prejudiced view of the world and politics. This was named as a new form of war, where the enemy is not a fixed force but a movement and a war of ideas against extremism and without frontiers. And since war is a social phenomenon that develops along with changes in cultures, political institutions, and technologies, a nation must also look beyond the war on terror and brace itself for the ascension of 5GW, if it is to preserve its security.

5th Generation Warfare and Pakistan

5GW has been faced with an evolving strategic model by several nations around the world including Pakistan.

Some manifestations in Pakistan may be the use of media to spread detestation against the State and its institutions, cyber-attacks, fake news, social media, money laundering, bank account hacking, secessionist movements in Baluchistan, sectarian strife, causing unrest by raising common religious slogans (TLYR-related blasphemy protests), etc.

The capture of Commander Kul Bhushan Yadav, an Indian Navy serving officer, in this asymmetric war, has been a major victory for Pakistan. With his arrest and confession to plan and fund the endless crimes committed by the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, within our borders, it became clear that the enemy was no longer needed to be identified in the physical context, but had to be handled in the hybrid domain.

Fifth Generation Warfare and the Challenges for Pakistan

India has run 265 websites in 65 countries, mainly in Europe, blinking out anti-Pakistan propaganda. These websites were run by RAW, an Indian intelligence agency front office, Srivastava Party.

It is therefore important for Pakistan to be able to understand these techniques of warfare of the fourth and fifth generations to better protect its territory from unlawful interference, propaganda, disinformation, and media manipulation, from attacks by non-state actors as well. An instructive example of these intelligence military/paramilitary operations by Pakistani antiterrorism organizations is Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which effectively minimized terrorism in Pakistan.

How to Win a ‘Fifth-Generation’ War

Military theorists have concentrated on “fourth-generation” warfare in recent years-that is, disputes over ideas, fought by what author John Robb calls “ad-hoc warriors.”, compare the war fought by conventional armies for land and wealth to a modern “third-generation” battle. The U.S. and its 3GW partners are now well ahead. And five years into the Iraq war, we are also starting to get pretty good at 4GW, especially in encouraging regular Iraqis to reject the world’s visions of hardliners.

Yet the next wave of fighting – the so-called “fifth-generation” – would have no armies or clear ideas in preparation. Army Major Shannon Beebe, Africa’s top intelligence officer, calls a “vortex of violence,” a free-for-all surprise devastation that is more driven by rage than any clear plans.

First, by not fighting. Beebe says that breaking the vortex of violence in Africa means alleviating. “Conditions of human beings that generate these insecurities across state boundaries.” In other words, emphasis on economic growth, humanitarian relief, and communication, with nary an M-16 or Abrams tank insight.

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