The Non-State Actor. Running the gamut from Freedom fighters to Corporatized extortionists, NSAs play a pivotal role in the modern fields of combat. Some maintain loose state-level ties with high deniability, others rage against their domestic governments and facilitate foreign influence, but all present a modern adversary that Western Allies and Governments need to anticipate, track, and overcome. This course will provide an overview of the types of non-state actors that influence state actions. The course will examine the economic, political, and social costs of the proliferation of non-state actors globally. While the course will discuss terrorist groups, the main focus of the course will be on actors such as militant groups, insurgent groups, drug cartels, and illicit financial actors.