AF Space Command holds wargame focused on resilience

May 24, 2016  - By
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Air Force Space Command began its 10th Schriever Wargame May 19 at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

The Schriever Wargame (SW 16), set in the year 2026, explores critical space issues and investigates the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services.

The objectives of SW 16 center on identifying ways to increase the resilience of space that includes our intelligence community, civil, commercial and Allied partners; exploring how to provide optimized effects to the warfighter in support of coalition operations; and examining how to apply future capabilities to protect the space enterprise in a multi-domain conflict.

The Air Force announcement did not include specific mention of GPS jamming and spoofing, but these and related cyberthreats could reasonably be expected to appear in the pantheon of cyberspace competition.

The SW 16 scenario depicts a peer space and cyberspace competitor seeking to achieve strategic goals by exploiting those domains. Scenarios will focus on the European Command Area of Responsibility. They will also include a full spectrum of threats across diverse operating environments to challenge civilian and military leaders, planners and space system operators, as well as the capabilities they employ.

The Schriever Wargame team will conduct SW 16 on behalf of Air Force Space Command, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Approximately 200 military and civilian experts from more than 27 commands and agencies around the country will participate in the Wargame.

U.S. commands and agencies participating in SW 2016 include: Air Force Space Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Naval Fleet Cyber Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, Executive Agent for Space Staff, Air Combat Command, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. European Command, U.S. Strategic Command, Defense Information Systems Agency, the Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of State and Department of Commerce.

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