Understanding Resistance: Examining the Growth of Irregular Warfare in National Security

Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Tuesday, September 27th from 11:00am-12:00pm CST for a virtual program as experts Dr. Erin McFee, Captain Walker D. Mills, and Lt. Colonel Doug Livermore examine the topic of irregular warfare and discuss how it figures into international security concerns, especially given the shift towards state-on-state conflict in certain regions of the world. This conversation, moderated by John Allen Williams, PMML Board Member and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, will look at irregular warfare through the lenses of combatant reintegration, in the maritime space, and the role that irregular warfare plays in both national and global security.

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Dr. Erin K. McFee is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) and Fellow of the Irregular Warfare Initiative (IWI). She also leads the research component for Veteran Actual and the Veterans Restorative Justice Project for The Office of Military Affiliated Communities (OMAC) at The University of Chicago. Her research focuses on interpersonal trust building and reintegration for former war fighters and other armed actors. She has projects in seven countries throughout the Americas and MENA regions.

Captain Walker D. Mills is a Marine Corps infantry officer, currently serving as an exchange instructor at the Colombian Naval Academy. Walker holds a BA in history from Brown University, an MA in International Relations and Modern War from King’s College, London, and is an MA candidate in the Homeland Security and Defense program at the Naval Postgraduate School. Walker has published dozens of articles in outlets like War on the Rocks, the Marine Corps Gazette, and USNI Proceedings. His research interests include maritime security and irregular war, future of expeditionary logistics, and operational energy.

Doug Livermore is a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard currently serving as the Deputy Commander of a deployed Special Operations Advisory Group. In his civilian role, he is the Director of Special Programs and Sensitive Activities for the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy. Previously, Doug served as a sensitive activities advisor to both the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. Multiple international affairs and security studies journals have distributed Doug’s works, including many publications in War on the Rocks, Small Wars Journal, and the Military Times. Doug is the National Director for External Communications for the Special Forces Associationand is also a Non-Resident Fellow with both West Point’s Irregular Warfare Initiative and U.S. Special Operations Command’s Joint Special Operations University.