NEWPORT, R.I. -- From August 29-31, senior civilian and military leaders from Naval Special Warfare and Executive Branch agencies along with noted civilian and military academics met at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., to share cutting-edge research and operational lessons.
The leadership workshop focused on threats and opportunities associated with irregular warfare and armed groups, tribalism, understanding human networks and resistance movements, IW strategies and counterstrategies, problem framing and strategic communications. The event was sponsored by the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) with the support of the Naval War College.
Presentations included “Understanding Human Networks,” by Dr. Roger Petersen, political science professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; “The Fifth Wave and New Tribalism,” by Dr. Jeffrey Kaplan, director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Violence, and Memory” at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; “Strategic Communications,” by Dr. Marc Genest, CIWAG co-director and professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College; “Armed Groups and Irregular Warfare: Threats and Opportunities,” by Dr. Andrea Dew, CIWAG co-director and professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College; “Irregular Warfare Strategies and Counter-Strategies,” by Drs. Genest and Dew; "Special Operations and the Maritime Environment," by Captain Thomas Sass, CIWAG deputy director and professor in the college’s Joint Military Operations Department; and “Problem Framing” by Professor William Hartig, COL, USMC (Ret), of the Naval War College’s Joint Military Operations Department. Rear Admiral James P. Wisecup, president of the Naval War College also addressed the group.
The Naval Special Warfare Conference is one in a series of symposia CIWAG conducts that bring civilian scholars together with military faculty and practitioners to analyze the national and international strategic and operational security challenges posed by armed groups and irregular warfare.