Asymmetric warfare program taught to cadre

| May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division, along with cadre from the Lightning Academy, conduct a live fire exercise after completing a class given by the Asymmetric Warfare Group over Minute of Angle, here, May 13. The course was conducted to assist the Lightning Academy cadre as they prepare their own Adaptive Leader Program, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. William Sallette, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division, along with cadre from the Lightning Academy, conduct a live fire exercise after completing a class given by the Asymmetric Warfare Group over Minute of Angle, here, May 13. The course was conducted to assist the Lightning Academy cadre as they prepare their own Adaptive Leader Program, here.

Story and photo by
Staff Sgt. William Sallette
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Tropic Lightning’s newest academy recently opened its doors at East Range Training Complex, and now the academy is finalizing curriculum to add another course to its catalog: the Lightning Academy Adaptive Leaders Program (LAALP).

The LAALP’s goal is to retrain Soldiers to think about every aspect of the decisions they make on and off the battlefield.

The program mirrors the Asymmetric Warfare Adaptive Leader Program (AWALP), an Asymmetric Warfare Group’s (AWG) adaptability program that is hosted at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., quarterly.

“It’s about being able to adapt to the many obstacles that a Soldier may encounter on a mission or simply in their everyday life,” said Wayne Newberry, an AWALP senior advisor and guide. “We aren’t teaching the Soldiers to be adjustable, but we are trying to teach them to think many steps ahead of their mission, so they can make the best decision and adapt to the situations around them.”

Army Learning Model 2015, a Training and Doctrine Command training initiative, drives AWALP, and subsequently LAALP.

The guides from AWG are currently running a series of five-day courses for the Lightning Academy cadre to assist them in getting the program started. The academy is running through the first class of LAALP May 28-June 1, called ALP No. 3. The AWG guides conducted ALP No. 1 in November, and ALP No. 2, May 13-17.

AWG guides will assist the ALP cadre during this third iteration. However, the ALP cadre will be the primary instructor for every event.

“This program is in line with what the Army is expecting from leaders now,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Devens, 25th Infantry Division senior enlisted leader. “Leaders need to learn to think three or four steps ahead and understand how their decisions affect everything around them.”

Asymmetric warfare is defined as warfare in which opposing groups or nations have unequal military resources, and the weaker opponent uses unconventional weapons and tactics, as terrorism, to exploit the vulnerabilities of the opposing force.

“Asymmetrical warfare is more common now than it ever was,” said Newberry. “We aren’t fighting a standard battle out there anymore. If we can teach Soldiers to adapt here, then instead of being reactionary in battle, they can be more strategic.”

The program does not use standard practices when pushing Soldiers into an adaptive mindset; it instead allows them to think through many different scenarios. The task may be something as simple as leaving one point and arriving at another, but the Soldiers may encounter a number of difficult obstacles on the way that are not easily overcome. They have to think critically and creatively through the problem and overcome the obstacle using only the limited resources they brought with them.

“One of the greatest things about this program is that the Soldiers will realize more about themselves in five days than they may in 10 years,” said Devens. “They will be able to apply all of these abilities, not only on the battlefield, but in their daily life.”

Soldiers who want to attend this program can contact their battalion operations for more information.

The U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group provides Operational Advisory and Solution Development support globally to the Army and joint force commanders to enhance Soldier survivability and combat effectiveness, and to enable the defeat of current and emerging threats in support of Unified Land Operations.

 

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