War College holds 'Retrospect and Prospect' symposium

Spirit of America founder and CEO, Jim Hake speaks at the CIWAG's Retrospect and Prospect conference. | Courtesy of Defence Video and Imagery Distribution Systems
The U.S. Naval War College's Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) hosted the "Retrospect and Prospect" symposium this week to discuss the challenges associated with irregular warfare and armed groups.

The CIWAG has an interdisciplinary approach in the study and analysis of these topics and attempts to foster intergovernmental communication and cooperation between military and defense professionals.

"Our 2015 symposium brings together more than 100 U.S. and international academics, military and civilian operators, and private sector representatives to discuss strategic and operational challenges associated with irregular warfare and armed groups," CIWAG co-director Andrea Dew said.

Keynote speakers included BP Capital Founder, T. Boone Pickens and Vice Adm. Charles Michel, U.S. Coast Guard deputy commandant of operations. Lectures included aspects of cybersecurity and the use of Trojan viruses in conflict; biological warfare and terrorism; counterterrorism operations and their lessons; and the role of collaborations between public and private entities in the area of stability operations.

"This symposium differs from previous years in that there is much greater emphasis on the impact of global economics and how fiscal policies create an environment and opportunity for armed groups to gain influence,” Marc Genest, CIWAG co-director, said. “We’re looking at how all elements of power are used.”

The symposium began in 2008 to promote interdisciplinary study of emerging challenges that the military and defense operators face.

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