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Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG)

What is it?
The Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) is a special mission unit within the Army G-3/5/7 that provides operational advisory assistance to Army and Joint Force commanders, prior to and during unit deployments. The AWG’s mission is to enhance the combat effectiveness of the operating force and to enable the defeat of asymmetric threats. The AWG also serves as a change agent that provides key observations and advice to senior leaders on policy and resource decisions. The AWG consists of Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and contractors, and has an authorized strength of 377 personnel. Every member of the AWG is carefully selected for his or her unique attributes and operational experience using a nominative process and modified personnel management procedures.

What has the Army done?
The AWG deploys and sustains its forces worldwide to observe, assess, and analyze information about the evolving contemporary operating environment (COE) to include emerging asymmetric threats and effective countermeasures. These observations are assessed and disseminated through globally-postured advisory assistance elements in support of Army and Joint Force commanders. The AWG also directly informs institutional Army elements to enhance their ability to meet the requirements of the current and future operating environments. From this vantage point, the AWG is able to mitigate operational and tactical near-term risk by anticipating emerging and future asymmetric threats and enabling capability gap solution development. The AWG further assists in the identification, development, integration, and transition of materiel and non-materiel solutions for both offensive and defensive countermeasures to emerging asymmetric threats through the Rapid Equipping Force’s (REF) direct support relationship with the AWG.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As the AWG reaches full operational capacity in September 2009, the Army will continue deploying AWG teams globally to assist in the transformation of Army units, enabling faster identification and targeting of enemy vulnerabilities. This will enhance the combat effectiveness of the operating force and enable the defeat of asymmetric threats in this era of persistent conflict.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Asymmetric Warfare Group is the Army’s focal point for identifying critical asymmetric threats and enemy and friendly vulnerabilities through global 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.

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