What, then, is fifth generation warfare? Why did it happen?
Its primary difference from fourth generation warfare is startling at first glance: to defeat an enemy without that enemy realizing he was under attack!
Violence is therefore minimal — happening at the fringes, sometimes noisy but with subordinate aims, distracting from what is really occurring.
Fifth generation violence is some black-clad Antifa clown sucker-punching Richard Spencer. Neither has a clue who the real enemy is.
While fourth generation warfare has strong psychological components, fifth generation warfare is primarily psychological. Policies are enacted to reinforce psychology. This relies on the fact that attacks do not have to kill or maim. They can confuse, disorient, and demoralize, until the enemy is helpless.
Fifth generation warfare thus uses scare-tactics repeated incessantly, gaslighting, and “nudges.”These work toundermine the target’s convictions about what really happened, or is true.