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Definitions for Irregular Warfare

DODI 3000.7 IW Definition: "A violent struggle among state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant population(s)."

Found on page 14, Glossary, of Department of Defense Directive No. 3000.07, August 28, 2014, incorporating Change 1, May 12, 2017. (PDF on FAS.org website).

2018 NDAA Definition: Congress defined Irregular Warfare as " . . . activities in support of predetermined United States policy and military objectives conducted by, with, and through regular forces, irregular forces, groups, and individuals participating in competition between state and non-state actors short of traditional armed conflict."

Found on 131 STAT. 1642 (page 360), Public Law 115-91, December 12, 2017, U.S. Congress.

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References for Irregular Warfare and Related Topics

DoD Directive Number 3000.07, Irregular Warfare (IW), August 28, 2014.

Irregular Warfare: A Selected Bibliography, U.S. Army War College Library, November 2009.

Irregular Warfare Annotated Bilbiography, USASOC, June 2, 2011.

Training Circular 7-100.3, Irregular Opposing Forces, January 2014.

Articles and Papers about Irregular Warfare


Ucko, David H., "Nobody Puts IW in an Annex: It's Time to Embrace Irregular Warfare as a Strategic Priority", Modern War Institute at West Point.


Gray, Dr. Colin S., Categorical Confusion? The Strategic Implications of Recognizing Challenges Either as Irregular or Traditional, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, February 24, 2012.


H.A.S.C., Institutionalizing Irregular Warfare Capabilities, Hearing before the Committee on Emerging Threats and Capabilties of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, November 3, 2011, PDF, 108 pages.

Fleser, William. "Preparing for Hybrid Threats: Improving Force Preparation for Irregular Warfare", (Chapter 4), Irregular Warfare: A SOF Perspective, Newsletter 11-34, June 2011. Center for Carmy Lessons Learned (CALL).

U.S. Joint Irregular Warfare Center, Irregular Adversaries and Hybrid Threats, May 2011.

News Articles and Releases on Irregular Warfare

July 3, 2015. "The 'new' type of war that finally has the Pentagon's attention", By Todd Greentree, The Washington Post. The DoD is very concerned with Russia's ability to employ a combination of stealth invasion, local proxy forces and international propaganda to annex Crimea and destabilize eastern Ukraine.

August 21, 2014. "Ambiguous warfare providing NATO with new challenge". Yahoo News at this link. . Russia's unconventional attack on the Ukraine leaves NATO perplexed on how to respond.

May 2014. Putin's "New Warfare". By John R. Haines, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) at this link.

September 27, 2012. Trends in Hybrid and Irregular Warfare,  USNI News at this link.


 See "Irregular warfare center to close Oct. 1", Army Times, September 1, 2014.

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