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 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.
Professor Sexton began teaching for the College of Distance Education after her military career and her final military assignment as a military professor. She teaches the Theater Security Decision Making Web-Enabled Course online and develops new Competency-Based Influenced curriculum. She manages the actions of ten web adjunct professors, including the scheduling and execution of their contracts and their professional development through a faculty website. In addition, she teaches Leadership Concepts sub-course to the Fleet Seminar Program students. Professor Sexton also teaches modules in the CDROM-Based Course. Finally, she adapts curriculum for CDE students.
Professor Charbonneau is a professor of National Security Affairs (NSA) currently teaching Policy Analysis in the College of Distance Education. He joined the NSA resident faculty in 2009 and taught Security Strategies, with a focus on Central Command, national security strategies and the Middle East. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2012. He supported the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq from 2012 to 2013 as the Raytheon Team Lead for PME and as a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi National Security Advisor’s Al Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, working closely with OSC-I leadership, Iraqi senior leaders, UN Development Programme personnel, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.