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.
Our experienced and renowned faculty has years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.
Dr. Taylor is a native of South Carolina. She received her Bachelors from Lander University in SC, Masters from East Tennessee State University in TN, and Ph.D from University of Southern Mississippi in US history with a specialization in US Diplomatic and Military history. Dr. Taylor's research also focuses on American and European cultural history, and she has participated in professional conferences on her research.
Professor Tiska teaches naval theory and planning in the College of Maritime Operational Warfare. He served a 30-year career in the Navy as a SEAL officer, working extensively in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. His final military assignment was at the U.S. Naval War College, where he served as the special operations chair and taught joint military operations.