Recently, I pulled out the books to define irregular warfare.
There’s more than one definition, as it turns out.
Courtesy of Dave Maxwell who flagged this.
From the 2018 NDAA.
(i) Irregular Warfare Defined.–In this section, the term “irregular warfare” means 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.
If I am reading this correctly, the key element of irregular warfare (as defined here) is the use of a partner force.
Gone is the emphasis on “violent struggle” – instead we have “activities.”
Additionally, these activities occur in “competition between state and non-state actors short of traditional armed conflict.”
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