I need you to write 250 words on what is the nature of irregular warfare?
Different militaries have different definitions for the term, but they all agree on several key elements. First, the struggle is between a state and a non-state actor. If two state actors clash directly, that is regular warfare. Secondly, the struggle has to involve control of the population. Today that battle is codified as a fight for “hearts and souls.” Non-state actors cannot thrive in an environment in which the locals neither fear nor support them. Finally, irregular warfare is often undeclared largely because there is no legal mechanism for doing so. The non-state actors are by their very nature “illegal” and largely operate outside the recognized global framework.