After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Military Services initiated combat actions in support of the Global War on Terror. The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) was born from the early combat experiences in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The AWG was one of three significant capabilities developed to rapidly respond to emerging combat requirements along with the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Task Force, which later transformed into the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and the Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The AWG directly supported combat operations from its inception in April 2004. The AWG was officially activated by the Secretary of the Army on 31 January 2006.
The mission of the AWG is to provide operational advisory support and develop rapid operational solutions to the Army and Joint Forces to defeat current and emerging threats, enhance combat effectiveness, and inform Army future requirements. To accomplish this mission, the AWG is organized into three regionally-aligned operational squadrons, a concepts integration squadron, and a training and assessment squadron. The AWG improves Army readiness by enabling adaptation in the preparation for, and in the conduct of, combat and contingency operations. The Group also informs Army future force development and modernization decisions.
The AWG was initially 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, and stationed at Fort George G. Meade, MD. On November 11, 2011, the AWG was assigned to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command directly reporting to the commanding general. In January 2014, the AWG opened a state-of-the-art Asymmetric Warfare Training Center at Fort A.P. Hill, VA to support its rapid solution development mission. The Army Superior Unit Award was presented to the Group in March 2015 to recognize the contributions of the unit’s operational advisors and support personnel to Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.
The AWG remains the Army’s asymmetric threat expert charged with continually assessing the ever-changing operating environment. Today, the unit’s operational advisors are deployed to every Combatant Command area of responsibility supporting numerous Army and Joint force missions. From the deserts of USCENTCOM, to the plains of Ukraine, to the frozen tundra of Alaska, and the islands of the Pacific, the AWG strives to identify emerging asymmetric threats, rapidly close Army capability gaps and inform Army operational requirements. Through a better understanding of the current operating environment and the complexities of cross-domain maneuver, the AWG plays a key role in preparing the Army to fight and win.
Operational Advisor (ASI U9)
Operate in an unconstrained and undefined environment where there are no scripts, and where the enemy does not follow a playbook.
Understand the supported unit’s operational environment or battlespace from the Platoon to Division levels, and the associated commander’s priorities.
Understand the bigger picture and priorities of the Theater Commander, since they affect subordinates’ decision-making processes.
Understand the friendly, neutral and threat actors at the different levels without the luxury of developing that knowledge over a period of months.
Generate networks within the supported unit and from outside agencies in order to attack and solve complex problems.
Understand the influencers within the supported organization.
Traits we look for in Operational Advisors:
Time management skills
Ability to plan
Ability to deal with ambiguity
Ability to self-motivate
Operational Support & Staff (ASI U8)
Our Operational Advisors cannot accomplish their missions without the hand-picked experts in our Operational Support and Staff positions. Our Operational Support and Staff missions vary based on MOS and experience. Members are not confined to the office—they have the opportunity to deploy while providing support to some of the best Soldiers and civilians in the Army. They are an integral part of the analysis of emerging and current threats and the solution development process.
Contact an AWG Recruiter for available Operational Support and Staff positions.
E-mail: AWG Recruiter
Phone: (301) 833-5366