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Army Irregular
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Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC)

History of the AIWC

The Counterinsurgency Center was established in July 2006 as a combined effort between the Army and the Marine Corps. Department of Defence Directive 3000.07, Irregular Warfare, (December 2008) 1. established the need to improve proficiency for IW and to maintain IW capabilities and capacities. The Army established the Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Center (AIWFC) in 2010. It was decided to align the Counterinsurgency Center with the Army Irregular Warfare Fusion Center (AIWFC). In early 2013 the AIWC consolidated the legacy websites of the Counterinsurgency Center and the SFA Proponent Office.This provided a necessary shift in focus from COIN-centric to a broader IW focus in an effort to preclude the future force's lack of preparedness for IW. Some of the responsibilities of the AIWC is support to the warfighter, doctrine development, and strategy development. In early 2013 the AIWC consolidated the legacy websites of the Counterinsurgency Center and the SFA Proponent Office into the IW center website.

What Does the AIWC Do?

The AIWC provides a monthly (now quarterly) newsletter providing updates on IW related topics, publications, training opportunities, and educational venues. In addition, the AIWC provides seminars on counterinsurgency and security force assistance. The AIWC played a major role in the re-write of FM 3--24, Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies published in 2014. Periodically the AIWC will provide webcasts on various topics to include insurgencies, counterinsurgency, advising, security force assistance, partnering, irregular warfare, and other related topics. The AIWC publishes fact sheets that provide information on IW. The AIWC also maintains the Counterinsurgency Knowledge Center with readings, briefings on COIN, doctrine, and other focus areas.

Counterinsurgency Lessons Learned

In November 2011 the US Army Counterinsurgency Center (later merged into the AIWC) published a document entitled Counterinsurgency Lessons Learned. This Adobe Acrobat PDF file is available here.

Definition of Irregular Warfare

There are many definitions associated with Irregular Warfare. The AIWC published a paper in March 2013 citing the many definitions (and sources). You can view the information paper here.

Irregular Warfare Activities

There are many different versions of what an Irregular Warfare activity is. The AIWC and DoDD 3000.07 lists five of them: UW, FID, CT, COIN, and Stability Operations. 2.

Army Closes AIWC in October 2014

The Army decided to close the Army Irregular Warfare Center effective October 2014. Read more on this troubling development in Army Closes Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC), SecurityInfoNet Blog, September 11, 2014.

Websites about IW

Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC)

Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC) Facebook

Publications on Irregular Warfare

News Articles and Reports on Irregular Warfare (IW)

Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, U.S. Naval War College

Center on Terrorism & Irregular Warfare (CTIW)

Small Wars Center and Irregular Warfare Integration Division (SWC/IWID), Capabilities Deveopment Directorate DC, CD&I.

Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center, Office of Naval Intelligence




1. A newer version of DoD Directive Number 3000.07, Irregular Warfare was published on August 28, 2014 and can be found at the link below.

2. For the listing of IW activities see AIWFC Newsletter, 27 March 2012 at this link.


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