36 episodes

The Irregular Warfare Podcast explores an important component of war throughout history. Small wars, drone strikes, special operations forces, counterterrorism, proxies—this podcast covers the full range of topics related to irregular war and features in-depth conversations with guests from the military, academia, and the policy community. The podcast is a collaboration between the Modern War Institute at West Point and Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

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The Irregular Warfare Podcast explores an important component of war throughout history. Small wars, drone strikes, special operations forces, counterterrorism, proxies—this podcast covers the full range of topics related to irregular war and features in-depth conversations with guests from the military, academia, and the policy community. The podcast is a collaboration between the Modern War Institute at West Point and Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project.

    Information Operations for the Information Age: IO in Irregular Warfare

    Information Operations for the Information Age: IO in Irregular Warfare

    When information can travel globally at the tap of a finger, irregular warfare professionals must contend with an ever-changing environment. How does strategic messaging tie into operations on the battlefield? How can we build a more information-savvy force? And how can information act as both weapon and warfighting space? Raphael Cohen and Brent Colburn join this episode to discuss these vital questions and more.
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    • 46 min
    Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan

    Lessons from the Hardest Place: Twenty Years of War in Afghanistan

    What lessons should the United States military take from twenty years of war in Afghanistan? This episode focuses on US efforts in the Pech valley, where the United States waged an enduring counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaign over many years. Our guests, Wesley Morgan and retired Colonel Bill Ostlund, argue that the Pech represents a microcosm of the broader US war effort in Afghanistan, and that the collapse of the Afghan government following the withdrawal of US forces from the country in August 2021 was foreseeable by looking at what happened in the valley after US forces withdrew years earlier.
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    • 52 min
    China’s Strategically Irregular Approach: The Art of the Gray Zone

    China’s Strategically Irregular Approach: The Art of the Gray Zone

    How does China operate in the space between war and peace to gain strategic advantage in Asia and globally? What do these gray zone activities look like, and how do they facilitate China’s influence in the region? What are the consequences of inconsistent US policy and posture in the Pacific in countering China’s rise? This episode features a conversation with Ambassador David Shear and Dr. Zack Cooper, who explore what China's efforts in the gray zone mean for the United States.
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    • 55 min
    An Un-American Way of War: Why the United States Fails at Irregular Warfare

    An Un-American Way of War: Why the United States Fails at Irregular Warfare

    The United States and other nations have spent billions of dollars and invested untold effort, not to mention lives, in a global campaign against Islamist terrorism—and yet the threat landscape is arguably worse now than it was on 9/11. Despite the importance for national security of understanding how to wage irregular warfare effectively, something in the American way of war, the fundamental culture of the US military, prevents us from doing so. William Wechsler and retired Colonel Liam Collins join this episode to discuss the question of what needs to be done to reverse this trend and thus ensure that the United States can recover from the mistakes of the past, restore its credibility, and return to its place of prominence on the global stage.

    • 54 min
    Land Forces, Irregular Warfare, and a New Strategic Landscape

    Land Forces, Irregular Warfare, and a New Strategic Landscape

    The US military and its allies are faced with the challenges of shifting focus toward great power competition while still maintaining the ability to counter threats on the fringes. Where does irregular warfare fit in this new strategic landscape? This episode explores the role of land forces within great power competition. Chief of Staff of the Army General James C. McConville and Dr. Peter Roberts of the Royal United Services Institute discuss the implications for land forces within this strategic shift from counterterrorism to a national security strategy oriented on great power competition, including the role of irregular warfare and shaping the environment as ways to deter near-peer competitors.
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    • 41 min
    Closing the Chapter: Ending Afghanistan for US Army Special Forces

    Closing the Chapter: Ending Afghanistan for US Army Special Forces

    US Army Special Forces units continued to quietly operate in Afghanistan when conventional troops withdrew around 2015. These soldiers have worked closely with Afghan commandos and government partners to hold the hard-won and fragile stability. What happens when they leave the country this summer? This episode examines that question and features two guests with experiences and perspectives that uniquely equip them to do so. Jessica Donati covers foreign affairs and national security for the Wall Street Journal, having served as the paper's bureau chief while reporting from Afghanistan between 2013 and 2017. Colonel Brad Moses is a US Army Special Forces officer who most recently served as the deputy chief of staff for strategy and policy, United States Forces Afghanistan and Operation Resolute Support.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

mrschase1 ,

Great Podcast!!

I love listening to this podcast and it’s ranked as my #1 podcast. I’m always recommending it to my friends and colleagues. The topics discussed are always thought provoking and intriguing. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone.

50H40 ,

Why should we listen to you?

Why should we listen to you when you have been wrong about everything for the past 30 years? All these types of podcasts say the same thing about building alliances, deploy all over the world etc. but we have been doing that for decades and we are worse off today than we were in the 90’s. This is the same old song but you people never get anything right. Why don’t you try something different bc what you have been doing is not working.

thay2034 ,

Fantastic!

Great podcast to stay up to date with security studies and practical experiences with IW

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