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Col. Michael Loos assumed command of the Asymmetric Warfare Group on July 17, 2015.
Colonel, U.S. Army

Uniqueness of AWG:
An Army unit comprised of senior active duty Soldiers, D.A. civilians, and contractors who are seasoned war fighters and functional area experts that are prepared to deploy globally.

Experience Proximity Duration

Army’s only unit dedicated to countering current and emerging asymmetric threats by:
--Identifying and developing solutions for friendly capability gaps --Exploiting enemy vulnerabilities

Unique enabler for Army Transformation and Rapid Solution Development

Operates with Full Range of Forces: generating / operating, (Army/Joint/SOF)

Simultaneous collaboration with HQDA Staff, TRADOC , FORSCOM , AMC , GCCs, ASCCs, and TSOCs

Firsthand observations and solution development process enables:
Rapid identification, development, assessment, and dissemination of materiel and non-materiel solutions across DOTMLPF domains to mitigate gaps or vulnerabilities. Partnership with Army Organizations, Rapid Equipping Force (REF), Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) and many others (JIEDDO, CTTSO, etc)

AWG's History

The Asymmetric Warfare Group traces its origin to the 2003 Army Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Task Force. The task force proved its relevance, and the Army G-3 directed the establishment of the Asymmetric Warfare Regiment (AWR) in June, 2004. The AWR eventually changed its name to the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG).

The initial successes achieved by the IED Task Force and its partners, as well as an overriding need for a coordinated, department-wide effort, led the Deputy Secretary of Defense to approve, on July 12, 2004, the establishment of the Army-led Joint IED Defeat Integrated Process Team (IPT). Organized around the existing Army IED Task Force, this group assumed the mission of pulling together all counter-IED efforts within the Department of Defense (DoD). The IPT identified, prioritized, and provided resources for material and nonmaterial solutions from across the services and DoD in coordination with interagency and international partners. The original Army task force, then augmented by joint service staff officers and noncommissioned officers, continued to accomplish the counter-IED operational mission as the Joint IED Defeat Task Force while also providing necessary support to the IPT.

Despite U.S. conventional military superiority and successes in the effort to stem asymmetric attacks, the ability of our adversaries to innovate and rapidly adapt their techniques continued to highlight gaps in U.S. force capabilities.

In January, 2006, the AWG was established as a Field Operating Agency under the operational control of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Headquarters, Department of the Army. The AWG was activated on March 8, 2006, at Fort Meade, MD.

The AWG was assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on November 11, 2011 as a direct reporting unit to the Commanding General. The assignment to TRADOC enabled enhanced cooperation with the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), Combined Arms Center (CAC), and the Centers of Excellence.

Since 2011, AWG has experienced a significant growth in Operational Advisory and Global Operational Scout missions, and activated its third Operational Squadron in 2013. With this enhanced capacity, AWG provides observations, analysis, and solution development into both the operational and institutional forces of the Army.

TRADOC Develops the Army

Combined Arms Center

Led by the Combined Arms Center, a three-star command located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, TRADOC manages the Army schools and centers that develop innovative and agile leaders and Trusted Professionals ready to lead formations and defeat the nation’s enemies.

TRADOC also develops and maintains the Army’s doctrine - the body of thought on how Army forces operate as an integral part of a joint force.

Developing leaders is the foundation for success for the Army’s future. TRADOC’s goal is to create an institutional learning environment that is challenging, dynamic, free flowing and exciting.

Such an environment is necessary to produce leaders of character who are capable of solving problems in a complex strategic environment, and who trust the Army institution to reward their innovation and unleash their creativity. These same leaders must be global in their thought, historical in their perspective and able to expertly operate in a complex Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational operational environment.

TRADOC innovates the Army

TRADOC has adaptive organizations that can rapidly solve problems and provide solutions.


The Rapid Equipping Force harnesses current and emerging technologies to provide immediate material solutions to the urgent challenges faced by deployed Army forces.


The Asymmetric Warfare Group is a unit of highly trained warriors who provide rapid training and nonmaterial solutions and strategies to negate enemy strengths while exploiting their weaknesses.

Join the Team

Benefits of Joining the AWG Team:

  • Work alongside seasoned professionals
  • Deploy globally to unique locations
  • Remain operational
  • Diverse assignments within the Group
  • Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) for all members
  • Opportunities for advanced and specialized training
  • Interagency exposure
  • Professionally challenged daily
  • Assist in changing Army doctrine and developing new products
  • Three-year assignment with the option to extend or return
  • Operate with Conventional and Special Operation Forces


Qualifications for Operational Advisors:

  • Active duty SFC-SGM, senior CPT-LTC
  • 107 GT score for NCOs, no waivers
  • Pass the APFT in current age group with no APFT limiting profiles
  • Able to obtain and maintain up to a Top Secret clearance
  • Officers must have completed at least 12 months of command and be a graduate of the CCC
  • NCOs must have completed at least 24 months of platoon sergeant time or an equivalent assignment

Qualification for Operational Support:

  • Active duty SGT-SGM, CPT-LTC
  • 107 GT score for NCOs, no waivers
  • Pass the APFT in current age group; profiles are considered on a case-by-case situation
  • Able to obtain and maintain up to a Top Secret clearance. Officers must have completed at least 12 months of command and be a graduate of the CCC

Call or e-mail the recruiters for current availability of support positions for your MOS and Rank. E-mail: Awg.Recruiter@us.army.mil Phone: (301) 833-5366

The Application
Once a Soldier has decided that he/she would like to be assigned to the AWG and all the prerequisites have been met, an application must be completed.

Apply Online
To apply, the Soldier should “Click Here to Apply”. A new web page will open and the Soldier should click on the "Start Application" button to begin. If the Soldier is unable to complete the application by this method or has any questions about the application, he/she can e-mail the AWG Recruiter.

The Review
After the application has been received by the AWG recruiters, it will enter a review process, which takes two to four weeks on average. Once the application has been reviewed by all pertinent parties, the candidate will be notified as to whether or not he/she will be invited to attend the Assessment and Selection course.

The Assessment and Selection Courses
Operational Advisor (U9) Assessment and Selection takes place at Fort AP Hill, Virginia. The course lasts seven days and is offered twice a year, in March and September. The course is 75 percent mental and 25 percent physical. Events: Pass a standard APFT and be IAW AR 600-9 HT/WT standards.

Psychological screening and evaluation
The course is scenario-based, but the candidate must come prepared to walk 7 to 10 miles per day while carrying a 30- to 35-pound daypack, as well as undertake some other light-to-moderate physical activities. Commander’s Board (candidate will be informed as to the results of the Board at that time).

Various other events.
Operational Support and Staff Assessment and Selection takes place at Fort Meade, Maryland. The selection course for support positions lasts three days and is conducted monthly.

Events: Pass a standard APFT and be IAW AR 600-9 HT/WT standards. Psychological screening and evaluation. Commander’s Board (candidate will be informed as to the results of the Board at that time).

OATC (Operational Advisor Training Course) is a baseline skills course to train AWG Operational Advisors (U9). OATC is conducted twice a year, and is approximately 6 months in length. This training is conducted shortly after the Soldier's PCS into the unit.

  • AWG partners with the Rapid Equipping Force

    AWG partners with the Rapid Equipping Force

    AWG teamed up with the Rapid Equipping Force for a day at the range to assess off-the-shelf optics for the M4 Carbine. The results of the assessment will inform REF, and allow it to equip deployed units with the best non-standard equipment possible.

  • Drug lab training with the 1st Armored Division

    Drug lab training with the 1st Armored Division

    Advisors from Baker Squadron conduct Clandestine Laboratory training at the Asymmetric Warfare Training Center at Fort A.P. Hill, VA with personnel from the 1st Armored Division. The training can be tailored to the specific needs of a unit depending on their mission.

  • Visit from SGM Bryan Battaglia

    Visit from SGM Bryan Battaglia

    Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently visited the AWG headquarters at Fort Meade, MD to receive a mission update brief.

  • AWG Soldiers compete in Warrior of the Year Competition

    AWG Soldiers compete in Warrior of the Year Competition

    Soldiers from the United States Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group take part in the 2015 Warrior of the Year competition. Events during this year’s competition included: an Army Physical Fitness Test with 5-mile run; a 12-mile ruck march; an assessment lane that included a 40 ft. rock-wall climb, casualty treatment, 100-meter Sked drag, and radio communication to send a casualty report; a media interview lane; a shooting scenario with 1-mile sled drag; a written test on basic Army knowledge; and an oral board with a panel of sergeants major. (Photo by Army Maj. Charles Barrett)

  • AWG Personnel compete in 2015 Pittman Challenge

    AWG Personnel compete in 2015 Pittman Challenge

    Personnel from the United States Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group participate in the 2015 Pittman Challenge, a unique event designed to strain the physical limits and adaptability of 5- or 6-person teams. This year’s challenge tested each team’s ability to: assess a casualty while in total darkness and while wearing protective masks; conduct a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical site exploitation; assemble communication equipment and send a report; conduct land navigation with a compass and rudimentary map; negotiate an obstacle course while in full kit; execute a shooting scenario while wearing a protective mask; and run in full kit in-between each lane. The challenge is conducted each year to honor Master Sgt. (retired) Robert Pittman, who was killed in action 30 July 2010 while serving as an operational advisor in the Arghandab Valley. (Photo by Army Maj. Charles Barrett)

  • Lt. Gen. Mangum present AWG with Army Superior Unit Award

    Lt. Gen. Mangum present AWG with Army Superior Unit Award

    Lt. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum (left), deputy commanding general, Training and Doctrine Command, speaks to members of the Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort Meade, Md. During the AWG’s Army Superior Unit Award ceremony. The award was presented in recognition of the unit’s actions from Nov. 1, 2011 to Aug. 22, 2013 for support during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. “This recognition is long overdue and truly well-deserved. I salute you and at the same time challenge you to forge a new legacy of contribution to the future force as you have done so capably over the past ten years to our deployed forces,” said Magnum. (Photo by Army Maj. Charles Barrett)

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