ALFI grew out of a powerful commitment to advocacy for land forces in small units — platoons and squads – that have borne the bloody burdens of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ground-based warfare historically has taken a huge toll on U.S. troops. Failure to pay adequate attention to improving equipment and training for small fighting units is only part of the reason. Preparation of ground forces for 21st century hybrid missions requires major improvements in the core competencies and human dimensions of squads, such as advanced situational awareness and cognitive capabilities. We call it “amplifying the wisdom of warriors”.
Through research, networking, conferences, publishing and other means, ALFI’s advocacy role will mobilize the expertise, insights and resources necessary to transform small unit performance in irregular warfare, increase warriors’ survivability and resilience, and develop in extremis leadership. ALFI’s leaders have spent years in advocacy roles seeking to inject lessons learned from modern warfare into decision-makers’ perspectives and priorities in support of America’s land forces. ALFI will take these efforts to new levels with a broad base of support from the American public.