Connecting Organisational Theory & Design and Irregular Warfare

Research Paper Title

Reorganising for Irregular Warfare.


A thorough understanding of Irregular Warfare (IW) and the principles of organisational theory and design will enable the Department of Defense (DoD) to organise efficiently and effectively for operations within the Irregular Warfare Environment, while maintaining its conventional capabilities.

The researchers develop their argument for this thesis in several stages.

  • First, they define irregular warfare and differentiate it from conventional warfare through the development of their critical success factors.
  • They introduce organisational theory and design in order to incorporate the critical success factors.
  • They conclude that the DoD should reorganise certain elements of the US Special Operations Command by incorporating existing capabilities, focusing on conducting operations within the Irregular Warfare Environment, and implementing their critical success factors.


Painter, D.J., Weaver, M.C. & White, S.C. (2009) Reorganizing for Irregular Warfare. Thesis. Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 06 August, 2015].


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