About the IWC.

Irregular Warfare Center

The IWC serves as the central mechanism for developing the Department of Defense’s (DOD) irregular warfare knowledge and advancing the Department's understanding of irregular warfare concepts and doctrine in collaboration with key allies and partners.

The IWC lines of effort are to AMPLIFY and collaborate to build an innovative and adaptable global networked IW community of interest; To Strategically ILLUMINATE current and future irregular threats, crises, and obstacles; and to ADDRESS current and future irregular threats to the US, allies, and partners by providing optionality.

* Transform the global strategic mindset by coupling conventional combat power with diverse IW methodologies through academic instruction and analytic research to provide options to current and emerging threats.


Development of a unified effort across the DOD, U.S. Interagency (IA) and multi-national partners that leverage IW capabilities as a core competency across all components of national defense & resiliency strategy.

Annual Summary



With our eyes over the horizon, the IWC is reaching beyond what was ever thought possible. We cut through the red tape and bring stake holders across the Irregular Warfare domain together to establish a distinct IW capability advantage. The IWC's elite corps of subject matter experts from the world of Intelligence, Academia, Defense, Special Operations, Industry, Medicine, Infrastructure, Agriculture, logistics and much more are the key to the Center's effectiveness in multi-disciplinary cohesion.

Relationship to the Six DOD Regional Centers

IWC serves as the only global DOD center which works in close collaboration to amplify regional centers’ IW efforts.


Authority provided in section 1299L of the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (10 U.S.C. 345 note; Public Law 116-283)