Damn. I had not heard it put that way before.
“Irregular warfare is the military’s contribution to political warfare.”COL (R) David Maxwell (Irregular Warfare Podcast, around the 10:15 mark)
Another great deep-dive from the Irregular Warfare podcast.
I have a growing interest in political warfare – it’s a dense topic and I’ve found there are only a handful of experts on it – especially when it comes to the role of the military. COL (R) David Maxwell is one of those experts, and then Matt Armstrong more generally.
If you know of any others I should be following/reading – please send it my way.
If irregular warfare is the military’s contribution to political warfare, the next hard thing to do is figure out what your subset of the military is supposed to do in irregular warfare (not very easy). Keep drilling down until you get to to “you” and start pulling levers and pressing buttons.