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:
One of CIWAG’s missions is to bring cutting edge research on Irregular Warfare into the Joint Professional Military Educational (JPME) curricula.
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.
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Prof. David Brown is the executive director of the Advanced Naval Strategist Program (ASP), and co-director of the Center on Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups (CIWAG). A former military strategist, Col. Brown served 30 years in combat units and has a background in nuclear weapons, combat experience in DESERT STORM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and operational planning experience at Battalion, Brigade, Division and Theater levels, with operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, and in Iraq as senior military advisor for an Iraqi Division in Mosul. Prof Brown taught for seven years in the college’s Strategy and Policy department, and has taught in the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS) for joint war planners.
Capt., U.S. Navy McCray joined the Joint Military Operations Department as a military professor in the fall of 2017, where he also serves as the U.S. Naval War College special operations chair. He is a naval special warfare officer, and has served in a variety of billets in both the SEAL community and at joint commands. He has made multiple deployments to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, as well as throughout Europe and the Pacific.