Established in 2008, our Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups pursues the study of contemporary irregular warfare and non-state actors.
The Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the challenges presented by irregular warfare (IW) and non-state actors (armed groups) in the 21st Century. Established in 2008 by a team of U.S. Naval War College Strategy and Policy professors, the goal of the CIWAG is to promote and support research and teaching on irregular warfare and armed groups. Additionally, the CIWAG facilitates interaction and collaboration between professional military educational institutions, civilian academics and battlefield practitioners.
The mission of the CIWAG is fourfold:
The operational objectives for the CIWAG are:
CIWAG’s primary mission is twofold: first, to bring cutting edge research on Irregular Warfare into the Joint Professional Military Educational (JPME) curricula; and second, to bring operators, practitioners, and scholars together to share their knowledge and experiences about a vast array of violent and non-violent irregular challenges.
CIWAG hosts an annual symposium each year at the Naval War College. The purpose of the symposium is to focus needed attention on irregular warfare and bring together scholars and operators in order to stimulate interaction between the two communities.
The Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the US Naval War College presented its 10th annual symposium, “Access and Influence,” on 26-27 June 2018.
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Andrew Erickson is a professor of strategy in the U.S. Naval War College (NWC)’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He helped to establish CMSI in 2006, and has subsequently played an integral role in its development. Since 2008 Erickson has been an associate in research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. He has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University, and advises student research and provides curricular inputs at NWC and elsewhere. He helped to establish, and to escort the first iteration of, NWC’s first bilateral student exchange in China, which he continues to support. For over a decade, Erickson has managed NWC’s scholarly research relationship with Japanese counterparts.
Capt. Fred Turner is a naval intelligence and information warfare officer. Prior to arriving at the U.S. Naval War College, he served as the assistant chief of staff for intelligence for Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet. Turner is a joint qualified officer with extensive operations and planning experience, serving with multiple joint and Navy units and staffs across Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific.