Welcome to FEIWS
19 Feb 2014 (1915-2030) U.S. Naval Academy Rickover Hall, Room 102 – VADM (ret.) Joe Leidig (USNA ’78), former Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, U. S. Africa Command:
The Arab Spring, Instability, and the Future Fight against Al Qaida: Why It Matters to the U.S. and U.S. Military
Forum on Emerging and Irregular Warfare Studies (FEIWS)
Much goes on in Annapolis and at the U. S. Naval Academy. But let us not lose sight of our primary mission: to prepare young officers to keep the peace and to fight and win our nation's wars and conflicts.
The Forum on Emerging and Irregular Warfare Studies (FEIWS), pronounced “Fuse”, is dedicated to such a mission. While much 'traditional' warfighting mentoring takes place every day at USNA, we believe there is a need to have a meeting place, a forum, to discuss the issues of emerging and irregular warfare.
Purpose of the Forum: The purpose of FEIWS is to increase understanding and facilitate discussions of emerging and irregular warfare. The working group complements -- but does not replace – other programs already in existence at the Naval Academy, most notably, the LREC (Language Skills, Regional Expertise and Cultural Awareness) program and the regional fora. The working group is unique in its focus on culturally-informed discussions of contemporary military operations and tactics. It strives to link theory and doctrine with practice and to use academic scholarship to understand real-world military operations.
Scope: FEIWS welcomes involvement by midshipmen, faculty, staff and other affiliates interested in understanding the tactics and challenges of irregular warfare as well as contemporary world events pertaining to asymmetric and emerging security threats. It is not aimed at any specific major, academic discipline, or service community. The faculty component of FEIWS is specifically designed to share syllabi and pedagogy across academic disciplines.
Sponsorship: Each of the organization’s events or lectures will be sponsored by FEIWS with possible co-sponsorship by other USNA organizations. Past partners have included the Semper Fi Society and the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (CMEIS). FEIWS is willing to cooperate with any group, domestic or international, that has parallel interests.
This group has only recently formalized our existence. Please contact one of the directors or department representatives if you would like to be on the distribution list for future events, informative emails/articles or want to affiliate with the group.
We look forward to working and learning with you!
The USNA FEIWS Team