Schriever Wargame 2018 concludes

October 19, 2018  - By
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A 2016 wargame involving the Air Force and Navy at the Naval Postgraduate School. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

A 2016 wargame involving the Air Force and Navy at the Naval Postgraduate School. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The 12th in a series of Air Force Space Command Wargames concluded Oct. 19 at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Set in the year 2028, Schriever Wargame 2018 (SW 18) explored critical space and cyberspace issues in depth.

The objectives of the wargame centered on:

  1. examining how international partner capabilities can deter an adversary from extending or escalating a conflict into space;
  2. gaining insight into resiliency, deterrence, and warfighting through international partner synchronization of space and cyberspace operations;
  3. exploring various combined command and control (C2) frameworks to employ and defend air, space and cyberspace capabilities in support of global and geographic / regional operations;
  4. identifying the strategic and operational contributions of space and cyberspace in a multi-domain conflict; and
  5. exploring partnerships framed by a whole of governments approach (International, Civil, Commercial) to combined space and cyberspace operations.

The SW 18 scenario depicted a notional peer space and cyberspace competitor seeking to achieve strategic goals by exploiting those domains. It included a global scenario with the focus of effort towards the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) Area of Responsibility.

The scenario also included full spectrum threats across diverse operating environments that challenged civilian and military leaders, planners and space system operators, as well as the capabilities they employ.

Approximately 350 military and civilian experts from more than 27 agencies around the country as well as from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom participated in the Wargame.

Agencies that participated included: 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, USINDOPACOM, U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Northern Command, the Intelligence Community, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, Department of State and Department of Commerce.

About the Author:


Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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