US Space Command’s First Big War Game Is Already Under Way

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Above Photo: A threat-representative ICBM target launches from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic ofthe Marshall Islands March 25, 2019. (DoD photo)

A secretive war game that examines combat in space kicked off this week in Alabama.

The Schriever War Game, bringing together several military commands, allies and the nation’s intelligence agencies, focuses on a rival nation in Europe starting a “multi-domain” war, a military term that combines traditional land, sea and air combat with space battle and cyberattacks.

The unnamed rival — the military never says Russia or China when it comes to war games — is “seeking to achieve strategic goals by exploiting multi-domain operations,” Air Force Space Command said in a news release.

The event is the first test of the new U.S. Space Command, established in Colorado Springs last month. The command brings together the space efforts of all military services and takes the lead when combat hits orbit.

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It will also test how well America can work with its allies; Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain were set to join in.

It’s a different kind of war game. The Army regularly throws similar events involving thousands of troops maneuvering on the ground. The Air Force holds exercises in Nevada using dozens of dogfighting planes.

The space war game uses just 360 troops and civilians meeting in the conference rooms of the Alabama-based Air War College.

It does examine a big war, though, with “full spectrum of threats across diverse, multi-domain operating environments to challenge civilian and military leaders, planners and space system operators, as well as the capabilities they employ.”

While the numbers of troops involved are smaller than that of other war games, the changes that could come from the exercise could be much bigger.

In addition to training troops for combat, war games like the Schriever exercise are also used to determine what America needs if it winds up in a similar situation.

That means the Schriever War Game could result in new gear in space and on the ground to deal with war in space.

That is likely needed. The U.S. hasn’t really thought about combat in orbit until the past decade. U.S. satellites have few protections against enemy attacks, and America has few tools to respond, apart from missiles that are primarily designed to take out intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The vulnerability in space comes at a time when the American military has never been more dependent on the services provided through satellites.

From GPS-guided bombs to satellite communications gear in Humvees, American troops can’t fight on the ground or in the air without satellites .

While the existence of the war game is public, don’t expect to hear results.

The outcome of the Schriever game, including whether the bad guys won, is highly classified.

  • mwildfire

    This fills me with outrage. “Needed”? to protect against “some European nation that starts a war in space”? Which nations have talked about a Space Command; which nations blocked a treaty to ban space weapons? One–the US. And the mention of how very few troops would be needed–right, that’s been the trajectory of war for centuries, to need fewer and fewer draftees and dupes, to do more and more damage to “enemies” that more and more are primarily civilians. Put this together with an article yesterday about how poor people in India are building detention centers for 1.2 million people, and worrying that they’re the ones who are going to end up inside them; and what’s going on in the US with the building and filling of concentration camps–surely you don’t need much imagination to see that these governments have no intention of feeding locked-up people indefinitely. Sooner or later, out comes the Zyklon B–these people are “unnecessary eaters,” “surplus population,” “untermenschen.” And developing space weapons should facilitate getting rid of more of them without the need for troops. Meanwhile we are busily using public money to build the infrastrucure of surveillance and control so the elite can control the remainder whose work they do need. Resistance needs to step up before they have it all in place.

  • Steven Gaylord

    Quoted: “The outcome of the Schriever game, including whether the bad guys won, is highly classified.”

    Now, just who really are these “classified” bad guys? Could it be the enemy from within (uber rich globalists) that have hijacked nearly every facet of governments across the globe; in creating a New World Order – enslaving humanity and genociding its numbers by roughly 90%?

    We (humanity) are capable of doing much more good… For ourselves and our planet. We must resist this cabal or face the consequences

  • Linda Jansen

    “That means the Schriever War Game could result in new gear in space and on the ground to deal with war in space.
    That is likely needed. The U.S. hasn’t really thought about combat in
    orbit until the past decade. U.S. satellites have few protections
    against enemy attacks, and America has few tools to respond, apart from
    missiles that are primarily designed to take out intercontinental
    ballistic missiles.”

    What the hell?? If this isn’t the point of view of Popular Resistance, it’d be good if they wrote an explanatory note like Kevin sometimes does. Totally agree with mwildfire here.

  • mwildfire

    Of course it isn’t the POV of Popular Resistance. This comes from some military rag; I checked on it thinking to comment in the original venue, but decided it was pointless. PR posted it to let us know what’s happening–yet another thing we must fight.