SMALL WARS MANUAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (SWM21)

Date Signed: 12/19/2013
MARADMINS Active Number: 672/13

R 191601Z Dec 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 672/13
MSGID/GENADMIN/CG MCCDC QUANTICO VA//
SUBJ/SMALL WARS MANUAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (SWM21)//
REF/A/MSGID: CMC DECISION PAPER IRT SWM21 DATED 7 OCT 2013.//
POC/PAT CASHMAN/LTCOL/CDD SWCIWID/-/DSN: 278-1729/EMAIL:PATRICK.CASHMAN(AT)USMC.MIL//
POC/DAN ANDERSON/CAPT/CDD SWCIWID/-/DSN: 278-2484/EMAIL:DANIEL.S.ANDERSON(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MARADMIN IS TO ANNOUNCE AND PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE SMALL WARS MANUAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (SWM21).
2.  BACKGROUND. THE MARINE CORPS HAS AN EXTENSIVE LEGACY IN THE STUDY AND CONDUCT OF SMALL WARS.  DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN WORLD WAR ONE AND WORLD WAR TWO, THE CORPS MAINTAINED A DUAL FOCUS ON BOTH AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE AND SMALL WARS.  THE LATTER IS NOW DESCRIBED AS IRREGULAR WARFARE (IW).  THE USMC SEES AND UNDERSTANDS IW THROUGH THE HISTORIC AND FUTURE LENS OF SMALL WARS.
3.  REFERENCE A TASKED THE SMALL WARS CENTER IRREGULAR WARFARE INTEGRATION DIVISION (SWC/IWID) TO REVISE THE 1940 SMALL WARS MANUAL (SWM).  THE SWM21 WILL NOT REPLACE THE ORIGINAL SWM. THE 1940 SWM REMAINS A TIMELESS REFERENCE THAT REMAINS IN MARINE CORPS DOCTRINE AS FMFRP12-15.  THE SWM21 WILL ADDRESS USMC SMALL WARS ACTIVITIES SINCE 1983 IN ORDER TO INSTITUTIONALIZE CURRENT POLICY, DIRECTIVES, LESSONS LEARNED AND DOCTRINE.
4.  THE SWM21 WILL EMPLOY FOUR SMALL WARS BOARDS TO ASSIST IN THE DOCTRINE REVISION PROCESS.
    4.A. COLLECTORS, WRITERS AND EDITORS.
    4.B. ACADEMIC REVIEW BOARD.
    4.C. COLONEL STEERING COMMITTEE.
    4.D. APPROVAL COUNCIL OF GENERALS.
5.  THE TIMELINE FOR THE SWM21 IS:
    5.A. AUTHOR'S DRAFT 27 JAN-18 APR 14.
    5.B. COORDINATING DRAFT 23 JUN-12 SEP 14.
    5.C. FINAL DRAFT 13 OCT 14-30 JAN 15.
6.  SWC/IWID WILL CONTACT SMALL WARS BOARD MEMBERS BY SEPARATE CORRESPONDENCE.  MEMBERS WILL BE GRANTED ACCESS TO THE SWC/IWID MCEITS/SHAREPOINT SITE TO ACCESS APPLICABLE REFERENCES.
7.  SWM21 SHAREPOINT SITE LOCATED: HTTPS://MCCDC.PORTAL.USMC.MIL/ORG/CDD/SWCIWID/SITE%20PAGES/SWMFOR21STCENTURY.ASPX.  FOR MCEITS ACCOUNT REQUEST, GO TO:HTTP://WWW.MCEITS.USMC.MIL/PRODUCTSSERVICES/EIS/REQUESTACCOUNT.ASPX FOR SITE SPECIFIC ACCESS, REQUEST THROUGH ABOVE POC.
8.  RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY LTGEN K.J. GLUECK, JR., DEPUTY COMMANDANT FOR COMBAT DEVELOPMENT AND INTEGRATION.//