Irregular Warfare Center to Host IW Medical Resiliency Wargame & IW Logistics Resiliency Working Group Events

Irregular Warfare Center to Host IW Medical Resiliency Wargame & IW Logistics Resiliency Working Group Events

The newly established Irregular Warfare Center (IWC) is scheduled to host our first IW Medical Resiliency Wargame (Aug. 14-16) & IW Logistics Resiliency Working Group (Aug. 16-18) in Bethesda, MD.

“As the Center continues to grow and evolve, we want to ensure our partnerships, educational opportunities, resources and overall outreach continues to expand as well,” said Lori Leffler, IWC Deputy Director and Chief of Staff. “Both of these events are aimed at the Center’s commitment to advancing the understanding of irregular warfare knowledge by providing thought-provoking working group discussions and innovative strategic tabletop exercises to aid in real-world scenarios.”

The IW Medical Resiliency Wargames will feature approximately 50 medical professionals from across the Department of Defense (DoD), academia, and industry, strategically challenging themselves in various scenarios encompassing medical challenges in denied and contested areas to identify gaps in doctrine and training and build current capabilities to improve prolonged casualty care in austere environments.

The IW Logistics Resiliency Working Group event includes a variety of guest speakers and irregular warfare SMEs, various briefs on IW-related topics, question and answer sessions, a practitioners panel on Perspectives on Logistics Support Challenges in Future Contested and Denied Areas as well as breakout out sessions.

The initial working group for IW Logistics will have approximately 40 interested stakeholders and subject matter experts from DoD, interagency, industry, and other departments.  The focus is to discuss logistic authorities, policy, doctrine and TTPs and determine critical gaps and capabilities in order to operate, train and or educate partner & ally forces on logistic support to operations in denied and contested areas.

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 Center’s foundation is built upon three Lines of Effort:

  • AMPLIFY and collaborate to build an innovative and adaptable global networked IW community of interest.
  • Strategically ILLUMINATE current and future irregular threats, crises, and obstacles.
  • ADDRESS current and future irregular threats to the US, allies, and partners by providing optionality to leaders.

Through these LOEs, the Irregular Warfare Center addresses current and emerging security concerns and challenges with world-class research, rigorous analysis, top-tier strategic education and training for U.S. and international partners.

The IWC recently hosted a variety of informative and educational irregular warfare-themed events including its inaugural event, The IW Medical Resiliency Workgroup (Feb. 2022), IWC International IW Week (March 2023), IWC IW Seminar at Georgetown University (March 2023), University Days (April 2023), and PME Day (April 2023), IWC Inaugural Colloquium (July 2023), as well as the facilitating Transformational Irregular Warfare Leaders Thought Courses (TILT-C) for the U.S. interagency (March 2023), U.S. Special Operations Command (April 2023), the intelligence community (May 2023), and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (June 2023), and the National Resistance Application Course (NRAC) in conjunction with this year’s Ridge Runner planning conference (March 2023) and academic week (June 2023) and many other international programs with various allied and partner nations.