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‘Star Wars’ for Real: US Military Wraps Up Space War Games


Think of it as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — but for real.

The United States Air Force Space Command’s ninth Schriever Wargame, which took place from Dec. 11 through Dec. 17 at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, might not have had all the silver screen hoopla of the Galactic Empire, Jedi Knights and other components of the “Star Wars” universe, but there were some familiar themes.

The Wargame, which was set in the year 2025, explored critical space issues, from spacecraft jamming to cyber warfare attacks on ground-to-space control infrastructure to the use of anti-satellite and directed-energy weaponry.
The goal was to sharpen the skills of space warfighters, and to figure out ways to deal with, as well as de-escalate, the prospect of space conflict in the future, Air Force officials said.
Protect the space enterprise

About 200 military and civilian experts from more than 27 U.S. government agencies (including NASA), as well as from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, took part in the Wargame.

The objectives of the simulation centered on:

Identifying ways to increase resilience of space capabilities that includes the intelligence community, civil, commercial and allied partners;
Exploring how to optimize warfighter performance in support of coalition operations; and
Examining how to apply future capabilities to protect the space enterprise in a multidomain conflict.

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Credit: Lockheed Martin


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