Army Initiatives to Improve in Irregular Warfare Capabilities
What is it? The Department of Defense defines Irregular Warfare (IW) as "a violent struggle among state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant populations." Our superiority in traditional warfighting has driven our adversaries to avoid direct military confrontation and pursue asymmetric means to achieve their strategic objectives. The 2006 QDR directed the Army to retain its superior conventional warfare capabilities and anticipated an increase in adversarial use of irregular warfare in an era of persistent conflict. To meet the current operational demand, the Army identified and adapted the requisite tactical and strategic capabilities for successful employment of IW in full spectrum operations.
What has the Army done?
- The Army's transformation to a modular design centered on Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) and increases in the size and capabilities of Special Forces, civil affairs and psychological operations allow Soldiers to conduct IW in full spectrum operations aided by improved intelligence gathering capabilities.
- The Army aggressively developed and integrated critical network technologies focused on intelligence collection and exploitation in unmanned aerial reconnaissance and missile defense to maintain superiority in identifying emerging threats.
- The Army revised training doctrine and published two new field manuals - Counter Insurgency Operations and Stability Operations-- to enhance its ability to provide critical IW support to deployed forces engaged in full spectrum operations.
- The Army developed training strategies emphasizing civilian education, unit training and intern programs to create strategic thinkers who can successfully conduct operational campaigns, win tactical battles and offer strategic advice to political leaders at all levels.
- The Army aggressively incorporated language and cultural awareness training for the entire force by making "Rosetta Stone" available to every Soldier through Army Knowledge Online. The goal is to provide every Soldier with modernized tools to observe and identify enemy actions and tactics.
- Lessons Learned and improved knowledge management provide the force with instant access to the information required to dominate the IW environment.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army Action Plan for Stability Operations continues to integrate Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leader Development and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions to counter enemy tactics and operations.
Why is this important to the Army? The Army's transformation in Irregular Warfare capabilities continues to produce innovative strategies that maintain military superiority and offer asymmetric advantages that erode the enemy's sphere of influence and ensure their defeat in current and future operations.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal