Asymmetric Warfare Group
What is it?
The Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) is a special mission unit reporting through 20th SUPCOM to the Army G-3/5/7. The unit consists of military Service Members, Department of the Army civilians and contractors, and has an authorized strength of 377 total personnel. Every member of the AWG is carefully screened and selected for unique attributes and operational experience using a nominative process and modified personnel management procedures. AWG mitigates strategic and operational near-term risk by anticipating emerging and future asymmetric threats and enabling capability-gap solution development. It also serves as a change agent providing key observations for senior leaders and informing policy and resource decisions. These observations are assessed and disseminated through globally-postured advisory assistance elements in support of Army and Joint Force Commanders to stimulate adaptive behavior and benchmark best practices and battlefield innovations from across the force. The Asymmetric Warfare Group provides operational advisory assistance to Army and Joint Force Commanders to enhance the combat effectiveness of the operating force and to enable the defeat of asymmetric threats. AWG key tasks include:
- Support Army and Joint Force Commanders by advising and assisting predeployment and in-theater forces
- Deploy and sustain AWG forces worldwide to observe, assess, and disseminate information with regard to asymmetric threats
- Assist in the identification, development, integration, and transition of material and non-material solutions for both offensive and defensive countermeasures
- Influence culture to form a more innovative and adaptive force
- Assess, select, and train unit members
What is the Army doing?
AWG observes and collects information about the evolving asymmetric operating environment by providing operational advisors to deployed and deploying forces in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT). From this vantage point, AWG serves to inform senior leaders on the evolving conditions that may require short-term policy and resource allocation decisions. AWG also directly informs institutional systems to enhance their ability to meet the requirements of the current and future environments. Finally, AWG assists commanders to develop awareness about adaptations in the way both friendly and enemy forces fight, train, and develop leaders, tactics, techniques and procedures. This awareness is translated into action through direct input into ongoing combat operations and the training programs of deploying elements, both active and reserve.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As the AWG reaches full operational capability, the Army will continue deploying AWG teams globally to assist in the transformation of Army units, enabling faster identification and targeting of enemy vulnerabilities.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Asymmetric Warfare Group is the Army’s focal point for identifying critical asymmetric threats and enemy vulnerabilities through first-hand observations. This allows the AWG to influence the Army’s capability for rapid adaptation to the evolving threat environment across the entire Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) spectrum.