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1 FEIWS Concept Brief CAPT Tom Robertson, Director 410-293-6262 United States Naval Academy Forum On Emerging and Irregular Warfare Studies (FEIWS)

2 Introductions CAPT Tom Robertson, USN – Director LT J. T. Kadz, USN - Deputy Director FEIWS (pronounced “Fuse”)


4 Questions for Midshipmen What factors drive changes in our human world? What most determines who wins wars? Are you doing your best to understand these factors and prepare yourself to lead in our changed and changing world? “Every day you spend here at USNA, you are building your foundation for understanding and for leadership.”

5 USNA CHARTER: Non-Technical (Group 3) Courses Teach midshipmen how to think critically “How do I solve a complex problem when there is no checklist or easy answers?” Historical depth, language skills, regional expertise and cultural knowledge (LREC)

6 FEIWS Charter To increase understanding and facilitate research of emerging and irregular warfare. To focus on culturally, technologically and historically informed study of contemporary military operations and tactics. To link theory/ doctrine with practice and to leverage academic scholarship to assist with real-world warfighter needs.

7 FEIWS Approach Faculty (military and civilian) collaboration to share papers, conference presentations, recent cultural or combat experience and research projects (USNA and international). Coursework development Coordination of USNA Yard-wide presentations by group members or outside speakers to faculty, staff and midshipmen followed by small- group discussion or classroom visits.

8 Faculty and Midshipmen Collaboration Combat Experience/ Cultural Experience/ Research FEIWS U.S. SOCOM IAPP and other outside partners FEIWS Concept Collaboration Coursework development/ research Coordination of outside speakers through military and OGA connections (i.e. Special Operations Command Interagency Partnership Program)

9 Progress at USNA: Emerging Warfare/ Irregular Warfare (Some examples) HH367AMercenaries, Empire & War: History of India Pakistan & Afghanistan HH367BHistory and Culture of Iran HH367CWar, Conflict, and Insurgency in Africa HH367DThe U.S. in Africa since 1700 HH367EModern Pakistan, Militant Islam and America HH372The Golden Age of Piracy HH377AReligion and Violence HH377BHistory of Technology HH377EHistory of America’s War on Drugs and Crime HH385The U.S. Marine Corps HH386AHistory of Modern Counterinsurgency HH386BThe American Way of War HH386CThe History of Airpower HH377AHistory of Technology and Cyber- warfare FP384Politics of Irregular Warfare HH485ADisruptive Technology and Education NE 203Ethics and Moral Reasoning for the Naval Leader NP 430The Ethics of Irregular Warfare

10 FEIWS Center of Excellence (Proposed) Counter Terror (CT) –Reference CTC, U. S. Military Academy, West Point Counter Proliferation (CP) –On-going collaboration with USSOCOM IAPP and OGAs in support of Special Operations Support Teams’ (SOST) and other’s request for connection to academia Counter Threat Finance (CTF) –On-going collaboration with DHS ICE and ASD SO/LIC

11 Nine FEIWS-affiliated military faculty members have been deployed from USNA as advisors in embedded training teams or to senior operational staffs in Afghanistan and Iraq. History Department CAPT Hagerott: Strategic Initiatives Group, NTM-A, 2009-2010 CAPT Felker: Command Historian, NTM-A, 2010-2011 CAPT Robertson: Embedded Afghan Advisor, NMAA, NTM-A, 2010 Augment Pilot, CJTF 82 Afghanistan, 2008 Augment Pilot, MAG-16 REIN Iraq, 2006 LtCol Berry, USMC: MEU Det OIC, AV-8B, 2012 Embedded Advisor, NMAA, NTM-A, 2010 LtCol Aaron O’Connell, USMCR, Gen. Petreaus Staff, ISAF-A, 2010-2011 LTC Klug, USA: Strategic Planner/ GSG-5 Advisor, IJC, 2012-2013 Deputy SIG, NTM-A, 2009-2010 Company Commander/ Regimental Planner, 3ACR, 2003 Political Science Department Lt Fletcher: Embedded Advisor, NMAA, NTM-A, 2010 Math Department LT Heineike: Embedded Advisor, NMAA, NTM-A, 2010 Chemistry Department LT Bodemer: Embedded Advisor, NMAA, NTM-A, 2010

12 Internship Opportunities FEIWS has negotiated for internship opportunities in which midshipmen spend summer training blocks at: ‾U. S. Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (USAWC PKSOI) ‾Johns-Hopkins Applied Physics Lab National Security Analysis Department (JHU/APL) ‾Marine Corps University ‾NSW?

13 Findings USNA FEIWS is currently an unfunded group. Possible partners, synergies (international collaboration) or funding sources: stand-alone USNA Warfare Center of Excellence and/or connection with Cyber Center. Relationships within the IW community are essential to improving our groups, staffing the war effort and also in disseminating lessons learned. Potential exists to create a single point of contact “reachback” pool of expertise for use by combatant commanders connecting the warfighter to U. S. military and other government agency capabilities.

14 Questions?

15 Background slides

16 USNA Strengths in this Area High level of midshipman interest- “How can I get involved …?” Early foundation for future thought and development (Mids not yet “indoctrinated”) USNA grads become small unit leaders soon after graduation “where the rubber meets the road” Military instructors experience: active involvement -recently returned from Iraq, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa, etc. Interdisciplinary cooperation

17 USNA Challenges in this Area Core course syllabi not specifically designed to target Irregular and Emerging Warfare Targeted courses available to only a small percentage of the student population Current progress is largely based on military instructor initiative – if the instructor transfers, the course often dies Lack of coordination with post-graduate and other institutions (need networking/ relationships to help build the right foundation)

18 Example Course - HH386A The History of Modern Counterinsurgency Block 1 – The Principles and Nature of Irregular Warfare Block 2 – Counterinsurgency case studies: British Afghanistan and Malaya, French Indochina and Algeria, Soviet Afghanistan among others Block 3 – Irregular Warfare and COIN Theory Block 4 – The U. S. Experience with Irregular Warfare (1776 to Present) Block 5 – Non-state entities and emerging warfare

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