The Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) is committed to enhancing irregular warfare (IW) knowledge through academic partnerships to facilitate research on IW and strategic competition and continue to engage with U.S. and international universities. The IWC – a component of the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation University – is pleased to invite nominations for participation in the inaugural Irregular Warfare Colloquium, to […]
Utopia or Oblivion?
This report is part of a broader project on wargaming and futurism that included the design and execution of a futurism-focused wargame, Utopia or Oblivion?, that was cohosted by the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and Johns Hopkins University, and ran from March 25 to April 10, 2021.
Building a Bigger Tent: Women and Irregular Conflict
In December 2022 this Center introduced ourselves with an essay that outlined our intent to create a big tent by “entering into partnerships and resource agreements with academic institutions.” Your Irregular Warfare Center (IW Center) is pleased to report that last month about two dozen civilian universities joined us in Washington, DC, to discuss the comprehensive research, education, and outreach plan we promised. More importantly, the Center is on track to accomplish the three main tasks directed by Congress in the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act. But wait, there’s more!
Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) Leadership To Participate in The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) Symposium
A leadership team of IW subject matter experts representing the Irregular Warfare Center is scheduled to attend the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) Symposium at the Wyndham Newport Hotel in Middletown, R.I. from June 27-28, 2023. The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups’ 2023 Maritime symposium, Exploring Our Maritime Strategies, is scheduled to host five panels […]
Rethinking Russian Hybrid Warfare
Russian hybrid warfare has been prominent in security policy-related debates in recent years. The concept emerged in the military analysts’ community and spread quickly into media, public debate, and decision-makers’ vocabulary. The term attracted a lot of attention.
Three Lessons from the Front: Economic Warfare in Russia / Ukraine
A country’s economy is core to its ability to provide a better life for its people, develop and fund social services, and ultimately create the means for war. Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump both used speeches in 2017 to directly link economic might to the pursuit of national interests. It should therefore come as no surprise that economic warfare tactics are getting a much-needed refresh as we re-enter a multi-polar world with specific challenges to both the United States’ economic hegemony, as well as the international rules-based system.
Simple Sabotage 2.0: the Threat of Pro-Russian Civil Resistance in Ukraine
Resistance is an asymmetric tool that can be used by an underdog to fight against an oppressor or a foreign military occupation. However, the Russo-Ukrainian War has demonstrated that this concept can also be used by an occupying force. As part of the Irregular Warfare Center’s (hereafter, IWC) ongoing mission to illuminate and address irregular threats posed to the U.S. and its allies and partners, the Center recently obtained and translated a Russian handbook designed to instruct pro-Russian Ukrainian citizens on how to resist the Ukrainian government; something that is especially relevant in recently recaptured territories.
The Irregular Warfare Center Hosts Professional Military Education (PME) Day
The newly established Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) hosted a Professional Military Education (PME) Day on April 27, 2023, at the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) in Arlington, Va. War colleges, staff colleges, senior NCO academies, and advanced studies programs as well as a number of key stakeholders were on hand for the first event of this type in what is […]
The Irregular Warfare Center and Defense Security Cooperation University Host University Days Event
By David Wyscaver (CTR), IWC Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Manager, Morgan 6 LLC. & Mallory Thornton, Public Affairs Specialist, Defense Security Cooperation University The newly established Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) hosted its fourth IW-themed event, University Days, April 25-26, 2023, at the Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) in Arlington, Va. The purpose of the University Days event was to […]