September 3, 2012

The Asymmetric Warfare Group

The Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) is one of the newest organizations created during the War on Terror. Its principal mission is to advise commanders on the best methods to use in defeating a foe using asymmetric methods such as terrorism and guerilla tactics to offset troop and equipment advantages the U.S and its Allies hold in fighting them.

AWG traces its origins to 2003, when the emerging threat to coalition forces in Iraq was the use of the improvised explosive device (IED). This weapon caused more deaths during the insurgency than did small arms and suicide bombings. So, a task force was created by the army to develop countermeasures to defeat the threat. From this AWG was born at the request of Army Operations staff in 2004.

Though not a special operations force per se, it is labeled as a special missions unit, with many of its members once a part of Special Forces.

Numbering about 400 in 2 squadrons, the men and women of AWG are dispatched in teams up to 30 to American and Allied headquarters and field units in or near hot spots, to offer solutions and training programs on how to deal with present and future threats. They patrol with units, collect information, and help fast track equipment upgrades.

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  • Jollysig

    DominiqueSumner  AWG has four squadrons and an HHC. Able and Baker are operational squadrons, Charlie is training, Dog is research and development. HHC of course is your command, staff, and support. Once selected as an Operational Advisor the ASI U9 is awarded. Support is awarded the ASI U8. AWG has "owned" property at A. P. Hill since 2006 or so. They have extensive training sites at that location including shoot houses, rappel tower, elevated shooting platforms, and are completing their coveted Battle Lab.

  • IrritableGruntSyndrome

     @MikePerry2 Thanks for clarifying, just wanted to make sure. Plus relevant for people looking into joining AWG seeing how the information on them is limited.

  • lightfighter

    ' Tell them SOFREP sent you ! '   Funny.   I'm sure all the cookies and tracking software will handle that.

  • lightfighter

    ' Tell them SOFREP sent you ! '   Funny.   I'm sure all the cookies and tracking software will handle that.

  • HugeFan

     @Tango9  @Breach Hey now... :-)