• An Army paratrooper provides security during a mission in southeastern Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2019. The service is discontinuing the Asymmetric Warfare Group and the Rapid Equipping Force as part of the shift from counterinsurgency operations to multi-domain operations. Photo by: Army Master Sgt. Alejandro Licea
     An Army paratrooper provides security during a mission in southeastern Afghanistan, Dec. 29, 2019. The service is discontinuing the Asymmetric Warfare Group and the Rapid Equipping Force as part of the shift from counterinsurgency operations to multi-domain operations. Photo by: Army Master Sgt. Alejandro Licea

Army Cancels Asymmetric Warfare Group and Rapid Equipping Force

October 2, 2020
Posted by: George I. Seffers
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The shift from counterinsurgency to multi-domain ops requires change.


The Department of the Army announced today the discontinuation of both the Asymmetric Warfare Group and the Rapid Equipping Force as the service transitions from counterinsurgency operations to a focus on multi-domain operations and large-scale combat operations.  

The Army established these units to rapidly identify material and non-material solutions to operational challenges encountered during the counterinsurgency fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the focus changes to great power competition and large-scale combat operations, Army analysis indicated that the personnel and resources could best be used in building the operational fighting force.

To ensure the value of the organization’s work over the past 14 years is not lost, all lessons learned will be maintained by the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, via the Center for Army Lessons Learned, Centers of Excellence and other Training and Doctrine Command enterprise stakeholders.

Personnel and resources from both organizations will be reallocated to the operational force. Both organizations will be fully deactivated by September 30, 2021, and will transition the mission of providing immediate support to other organizations.

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