CIWAG: is led by two co-directors, Naval War College professors with doctoral degrees and demonstrated excellence in teaching, publication, and research about Irregular Warfare, and Armed Groups. A deputy director, the Special Operations Forces Chair, provides the link to the operational world in addition to assisting in the planning, programming, budgeting and execution of all CIWAG activities. Senior Associates that conduct and support research are selected annually from qualified academics and practitioners. In addition, CIWAG has a Board of Advisers consisting of senior military leaders and civilian academics. The board provides guidance and feedback to the co-directors and deputy director on priorities for improving and advancing government and community relations, professional and industry relations, communications, and resource development.

Current Leadership

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Dr. Andrea J. Dew is Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the U.S. Naval War College and holds a BA (Hons.) in History from Southampton University in the United Kingdom and an MALD and PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Professor Dew has studied advanced Japanese at the Kyoto Japanese Language School. In addition to recently completing a study about risk management in U.S. and international commercial space policy, Dr. Dew is the co-author of a book on armed groups, Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat (Columbia University Press, 2009) and editor, with Dr. John Garofano, of  Deep Currents and Rising Tides: The Indian Ocean and International Security (Georgetown University Press, 2013). She has also served as a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science in International Affairs at Harvard University, and Senior Counter-Terrorism Fellow at the Jebsen Center for Counter Terrorism Studies at the Fletcher School. Dr. Dew has conducted workshops on understanding armed groups and successful strategies for countering them for the National Defense Intelligence College, Naval Special Warfare, 3rd Ranger Battalion, and U.S. Marine Special Operations Forces Command. Dr. Dew's current research focuses on irregular warfare strategies on land and in the maritime environment.

Colonel David A. Brown, U.S. Army (Ret.) is Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the U.S. Naval War College. He is an Associate Professor and the Executive Director of the Advanced Strategist Program (ASP) at the U.S. Naval War College. A decorated combat veteran and former designated Army Strategist, he holds a BA in Philosophy, a diploma for studies in the Greek language, a diploma from the Army's Command and General Staff College, a MMAS from the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies Program (SAMS), a MS from Long Island University in Counseling and Leader Development, and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. COL Brown’s career spanned over 30 years in combat arms units and a variety of command and staff positions in the United States and overseas. His operational experience includes nuclear weapons programs, combat experience in DESERT STORM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and operational planning experience at Battalion, Brigade, Division and Theater levels to include operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. In 2008 he served as the senior military advisor for the 2nd Iraqi Army Division in Mosul. Professor Brown taught for seven years in the college’s Strategy and Policy Department and has also taught in the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) for joint war planners.

Deputy Director

Ducote imageCommander Robert E. Ducote holds a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, Master of Arts from the Naval War College, the Robert S. Harward Chair of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in the Joint Military Operations Department, and is the Deputy Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the U.S. Naval War College. Upon enlistment in the Navy in November 1987, he reported to Patrol Squadron SIXTY-NINE (VP-69) as an In-Flight Technician onboard P-3 Orion aircraft. He completed Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training, Class 179 in January 1992 and reported to SEAL Team EIGHT (ST-8). After completing a tour as Leading Chief Petty Officer of a SEAL platoon, he received his commission as an Ensign in September 2000. He served as the Director of Plans (J5) of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force- Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A), Executive Officer (XO) of the Military Freefall School, Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Naval Special Warfare Group TWO Training Detachment (NSWTD-2), Operations Officer of SEAL Team TWO (ST-2), Task Force Operations Officer, and Detailee to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In his 28 year career, he has conducted combat operations in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and various other locations.

Non-Resident CIWAG Fellow

Thomas C. Sass, Ph.D, (Captain, USN Ret.), Thomas C. Sass, Ph.D, (Captain, USN Ret.), holds an appointment as a Non-Resident Fellow at the US Naval War College and is a lifetime member of the US Naval War College Foundation.  His career includes stints in the private sector in the commodities and asset management industries where he positioned, traded and marketed commodities and financial products into both domestic and international markets.  Currently, he is a partner and Chief Operations Officer at ProteQ, where he focuses on future Naval Capabilities. 

Tom received a commission as a United States Naval Officer in 1987 and graduated from Basic Underwater / SEAL Training as the Honor Man of Class 151.  He reported to SEAL Team THREE for his initial tour of duty as a SEAL Platoon officer and began a quarter of a century of service in operational and staff postings at home and abroad.  Tom served as the Commanding Officer of SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on his final operational tour of duty.  In this capacity, he deployed overseas multiple times to lead high risk special operations in support of national and theater level objectives and introduced innovative technology into combat diving operations. 

Upon completion of his command tour, Tom joined the United Sates Naval War College as the MG “Wild” Bill Donovan Special Operations Forces Chair and served as a Military Professor in the Joint Military Operations Department and as the Deputy Director of the Naval War College’s Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups.  He published on Special Operations and received the inaugural Weschler Award for Inspirational Teaching and Innovation. 

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College, a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy and a PhD in International Relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  He is a recipient of the US Navy Political-Military Masters and A.S. Moreau Post-Masters Scholarships and an alumnus of the Armed Services Staff College.


Past Leadership

Dr. Marc A. Genest is the Forrest Sherman Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Strategy and Policy Department and is the former Founding Co-Director of the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the Naval War College. He is also the Area Study Coordinator for the Insurgency and Terrorism electives program. 

 In 2011, Professor Genest served as a civilian advisor at Division Headquarters for Regional Command – South in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he assessed the division’s information operations campaign. In 2009, Dr. Genest received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for outstanding service as a Special Advisor to the Commander of Task Force Mountain Warrior while stationed in Regional Command – East in Afghanistan. 

 Dr. Genest earned his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in International Politics. Before coming to the Naval War College, Professor Genest taught at Georgetown University, the U.S. Air War College, and the University of Rhode Island. While at the University of Rhode Island, Professor Genest received the University’s Teaching Excellence Award. He also serves as a political commentator for local, national, and international radio news and television stations, as well as for Rhode Island and national print media. In addition, Dr Genest worked on Capitol Hill for Senator John Chafee and Representative Claudine Schneider. 

Dr. Genest has received fellowships and grants from numerous organizations, including the United States Institute of Peace, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the Harry S. Truman Foundation, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Smith-Richardson Foundation, and the Bradley Foundation. Professor Genest’s books include: Negotiating in the Public Eye: The Impact of the Press on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force Negotiations; Conflict and Cooperation; Evolving Theories of International Relations; and Stand! Contending Issues in World Politics. He has also written articles dealing with international relations theory, strategic communication, American foreign policy and public opinion. 



Board of Directors

Dr. Richard H. Shultz
Dr. Roy Godson

Senior Associates

Admiral Guillermo E. Barrera
Dr. Donald Chisholm 
Professor James L. Cook
Associate Professor Richard Crowell
Dr. Frank “Scott” Douglas
Dr. Stephen Downes-Martin
Dr. Colin F. Jackson
Dr. Christopher Jasparro
Assistant Professor Burak Kadercan
CDR James Kraska
Dr. Heidi E. Lane 
Colonel Michael J. Mooney
Professor Paul A. Povlock
Colonel Timothy P. Schultz
CDR Timothy Urban
Associate Professor Craig Whiteside
Colonel Robert Cassidy



Danielle Boulay, CIWAG Program Manager, is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (B.A. Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice), and The University of New Haven (M.A. National Security and Public Safety). Mrs. Boulay has served in the United States Air Force- Air National Guard as an Operational Intelligence Analyst.  

Janet Parkinson, Senior Editor, is a graduate of Vassar College (B.A. Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Mrs. Parkinson has worked in the publishing industry since 1995, focusing on academic and scholarly publishing. She coordinates and edits CIWAG's case study series and other publications.

Nicholas Glavin,  Research Associate, holds a BA in International Relations from Roger Williams University. Mr. Glavin's research at CIWAG has focused on countering violent extremism, special operations, and terrorists' use of social media.

Jonathan Grenier, Research Librarian, is a graduate of Stonehill College (B.A. History) and The University of Rhode Island (M.L.I.S. Library and Information Studies).   Mr. Grenier’s research focuses on the collection, organization, evaluation, and distribution of information pertaining to modern and historical cases of irregular warfare and armed groups.  Prior to joining CIWAG, Mr. Grenier worked for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).


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