Armed Forces News

The Army plans to stand down its Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG) and Rapid Equipping Force (REF) on Sept. 30, 2021. Soldiers now attached to AWG and REF soon will begin the process of moving to other Army agencies. Missions, programs and equipment also will be shifted accordingly. During their 14-year existence, AWG and REF offered what the Army refers to as “non-standard solutions” to problems encountered during combat missions. Troops assigned to tours in Iraq and Afghanistan received tactical-level guidance from the two entities. They played key roles in formulating methods of countering threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), for example, as well as strategies for fighting in underground scenarios in Afghanistan. Soldiers also garnered advice in securing network communications, tracking personnel, wireless video use, and tracking biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats.