“The Insurgency: Present State and Possible Future”
- Date: 27 August 2007
- Time: 5.45pm
- Venue: Law School, Lecture Theatre 2, Old Government Buildings, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Lambton Quay
- Presenter: Colonel Thomas X. Hammes, United States Marine Corps (Retired)
I’ll definitely be attending this talk. Hammes was one of the first authors to use the concept of 4GW in 1989. Unlike academics who write about counterinsurgency, his ideas are informed by real-world experiences training anti-communist guerrillas in the 1980s, serving in Somalia in the 1990s, commanding the response force after the 2001 anthrax attacks, and serving in Iraq in 2004. Hammes wrote The Sling and the Stone, an excellent book which introduces the framework, analyses previous insurgencies and offers criticisms and recommendations for the Department of Defense. He has recently developed some of his ideas further, speculating on 5GW (.pdf).
As it turns out, Hammes is in NZ for a Massey University/NZ Army for a seminar on contemporary warfighting. It all sounds very interesting – speakers include Defence Minister Phil Goff, the chief of the Defence Forces, the Iranian Ambassador offering “An Alternative Global Perspective,” various academics, military officers, an official from Customs talking about transnational crime, a PhD. student on military privatization and the decline of the nation-state… Sadly, registrations have already closed.
Anyway, if you’re in Wellington, I highly recommend this event, and otherwise I will post about it afterwards.