Irregular Warfare (IW) 101: Resistance and Insurgency with the TYR Group

*This course in Oregon is broken down into two modules. Students will have the opportunity to take the first module taught on day one and two or take full advantage of completing the entire five-day IW 101 course.*

Irregular Warfare (IW) is not a new type of warfare, its ancient in its origin. Since the end of WW2 but especially within the last 18 years fighting the Global War on Terror there has been a lot written on the subject of Terrorism, Insurgency, Counter Insurgency, etc. Unfortunately, what has been written in many cases has created many misunderstandings and over complicated and confused many. Not only among the general public, the academic community but also the military itself. Irregular Warfare activities and conflicts are typically understood as:

  • Wars of Independence
  • Asymmetric Warfare
  • Fourth Generation Warfare
  • Hybrid Warfare
  • Insurgency/counterinsurgency (COIN)
  • Terrorism/counterterrorism
  • Unconventional Warfare (UW) (When used outside of the US Army’s Special Forces community)
  • Guerrilla Warfare (GW)
  • Foreign Internal Defense (FID)
  • Military Intelligence and Counterintelligence Activities
  • Transnational Criminal Activities that support or sustain IW:
    • Narco-Trafficking
    • Illicit Arms Trafficking
    • Illegal Financial Transactions
  • Law Enforcement Activities Focused on Countering Irregular Adversaries

Today, the Department of Defense and many Government agencies define Irregular Warfare as:

“a violent struggle among state and non-state actors for legitimacy and influence over the relevant populations.”

The problem with the official definition is that they consider Irregular Warfare exclusively a violent struggle for the legitimacy and influence over a population, it’s not. All resistance movements are subversive and coercive in nature. They all begin as non-violent social and/or political struggles that when a resistance’s grievances aren’t addressed, transition to the employment of both non-violent and violent activities aimed to delegitimize those in power. By doing so, the resistance attempts to gain influence and legitimacy over the population, as well as direct and/or indirect support from outside organizations and/or foreign governments who are “sympathetic” to the resistance.

One of the main reasons people generally misunderstand Irregular Warfare is because the majority of those who write about the subject are academics, not practitioners. The only true practitioners of this type of warfare are qualified US Army Special Forces Soldiers, commonly referred to as the Army’s “Green Berets”. They are the only US Military component whose pipeline and primary role is to plan and conduct Unconventional Warfare. Meaning, “activities that enable a resistance movement or insurgency to coerce, disrupt, or overthrow a government or occupying power by operating through or with an underground, auxiliary and guerrilla force in a denied area”.

Special Forces Soldiers through their unique pipeline possess an understanding of Unconventional Warfare from a resistance movement’s perspective. This unique unconventional perspective, mindset, skills and practical experience they acquire throughout their career, prepare them to conduct not only Unconventional Warfare but all aspects of Irregular Warfare.

Special Forces Soldiers understand that no resistance movement is the same. All movements are different and unique based on human factors, psychological factors, cultural factors, and environmental factors. There is no “one size fits all approach”. There is no detailed doctrinal template or “order of battle” for all Resistance movements. However, there are common fundamental characteristics and principles of how Resistance movements develop, organize, conduct activities and evolve that are easy to understand. Only by truly understanding the dynamics of resistance movements and the nature of insurgency can one truly understand how to counter this threat. Whether the resistance movement is abroad or homegrown this course will educate others not familiar with this type of warfare to understand it more effectively.

TYR Groups Irregular Warfare course is designed by qualified retired Special Forces Soldiers to educate those interested to become more informed on the dynamics and human factors of resistance organizations, and how Insurgencies develop into violent struggles for power. This academic course teaches the same principles and methodology that have made Special Forces successful in conducting Irregular Warfare since its inception in 1952.

This course will appeal to anyone whether,

  • Private citizen, academic or Private Security Contractor who wants to understand the current conflicts being waged abroad.
  • Law Enforcement who must deal with homegrown resistance movements and who pose a threat to their safety while also attempting to discredit them in the eyes of the populace.
  • Military preparing to deploy to conduct counterinsurgency who seek to understand resistance movements from an insurgent’s perspective
  • War veterans who are seeking to understand the enemy they fought against the last eighteen years.

The TYR Group Irregular Warfare 101 Course is being hosted by Spartin Training Concepts. The course will be held at the Spartin Training Concepts facility at 1419 NE 25th Avenue Hillsboro, Oregon. This specific course will only have room for 20 attendees and is broken down into two modules. Students will have the opportunity to take the first module taught on day one and two or take full advantage of completing the complete five-day IW 101 course. Obviously, attending our complete five-day course has many advantages and will provide attendees a more in-depth understanding of the subject.

Note: This facility is not wheelchair accessible. 

Some of the subjects taught include:

  • Introduction to Irregular Warfare
  • Underlying causes of resistance movements
  • Organization and activities of the resistance (the Underground, Auxiliary, Guerrilla Force)
  • Clandestine and Covert behavior
  • Evolutionary Dynamics
  • Resistance Leadership
  • Influences on motivation and behavior
  • Ideology, Group Dynamics and Radicalization
  • Psychological Risk Factors
  • Underground Psychological Operations: Propaganda and Agitation
  • Passive Resistance
  • Active Resistance
  • Subversion and manipulation of crowds
  • Paramilitary Operations
  • Resistance recruitment, training, and financial support

***** Department of State ITAR regulations requires our Tactical Training to be offered only to US Citizens/Legal Residents. *****