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Irregular Warfare (IW)


"To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill." -
Sun Tzu


Definition

Irregular Warfare is defined as ". . . activities in support of predetermined United States policy and military objectives conducted by, with, and through regular forces, irregular forces, groups, and individuals participating in competition between state and non-state actors short of traditional armed conflict." [1]


References

Summary of the Irregular Warfare Annex to the National Defense Strategy, Department of Defense, 2020, PDF, 12 pages.
https://media.defense.gov/2020/Oct/02/2002510472/-1/-1/0/Irregular-Warfare-Annex-to-the-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.PDF

Summary of the National Defense Strategy, Department of Defense, 2018, PDF, 14 pages.
https://dod.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf

Special Forces and Irregular Warfare, (specialforcestraining.com)
https://specialforcestraining.info/topics/irregular-warfare.htm

Irregular Warfare Publications, (specialforcestraining.com)
https://specialforcestraining.info/docs/iw-pubs.htm

Irregular Warfare News, (specialforcestraining.com)
https://specialforcestraining.info/docs/iw-news.htm


Articles about Irregular Warfare

Michael P. Noonan, "Not Just for SOF Anymore: Envisioning Irregular Warfare as a Joint Force Priority", Modern War Institute at West Point, April 21, 2021.

Seth Jones, "The Future of Competition: U.S. Adversaries and the Growth of Irregular Warfare", Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), February 4, 2021.

 
Endnotes

[1] Definition by Congress, found on 131 STAT. 1642 (page 360), Public Law 115-91, December 12, 2017, U.S. Congress.
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/PLAW-115publ91/pdf/PLAW-115publ91.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


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