Parallels to the Concept of 4GW In Integralism

The concept of 4th Generation Warfare (4GW), as espoused by William S. Lind, has several similarities to the Integralist model, albeit with many differences.

4GW is a concept focused on war, while Integralism is a holistic or all-inclusive Cultural system. (Culture is here defined as the integrated sum total or synthesis of a group’s spiritual, moral, political, and social concerns).

The three-tiered model from the work of Boyd (Physical, Mental, Moral), is more accurately reflected in the three faculties of human Cognition (Body: Material, Life: Emotional, and Mind: Conceptual).

The correlation between the Physical and Material is clear. When Lind references the Mental level in Boyd’s model, he is clearly referring to a Vital or Emotional response. The Moral level is a limited frame for the Conceptual level, valid in the 4GW context.

In regards to Tactics, Operations, and Strategy – when you add Diplomacy to this group (as Kiersey does in his model of personality) – this model corresponds to the four Essential Aspect Functions (Manipulation (Tactical), Mediation (Diplomatic), Observation (Strategic), and Operation (Operational-Logistical). These four Functions must interdependently support each other in any truly successful endeavor.

Furthermore, Boyd’s OODA model is entirely superseded by the eight Aspect Modes. Rather than Observe, Orient, Decide and Act, four concurrent choices are made before implementation: Articulate vs Associate, Execute vs Examine, Regulate vs Adopt, and Replicate vs Adapt. These four pairs of modes present a choice sequence that allows one to effectively make a decision, one that roughly corresponds to the O-O-D-A sequence.

On the surface, the Aspect Divisions seem to be missing from the 4GW model, yet they are alluded to in several passages, at least partly through references to conventional warfare systemology:

Loosely – “Outward Focus” corresponds to the Aspect Division: Reconciliation. “De-Escalation Emphasis” corresponds to Conservation, “Decentrialization of Authority and Intelligence” to Regulation, “Accuracy” and “Proportionality of Response” to Correction.

The information in the 4th Generation Warfare Handbook for Light Infantry, aside from the military specifics, is similar to balance in the eight Aspects and their Virtues. Patience, Speed, Self-Discipline, Physical Fitness, Tracking, Stalking, Proficiency, and Broad Perspective are implementations of Virtue.

Using the Essential Aspects, and the Integral systemology to fuse and evaluate models will all the Culture of the future to finally emerge, and this is just one example of a situation in which many close parallels exist.

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