The Space Innovation and Development Center is conducting the seventh Schriever Wargame at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, that began April 20, 2012.
The Schriever Wargame, set in the year 2023, explores critical space issues and investigates the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services. Schriever Wargame 2012 International Game (SW12 IG) includes international partners from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and for the first time in its history, country representatives within the NATO Alliance from Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey.
The objectives of the wargame centers on:
1. examining options of how to optimize space efforts from participating allies and Australia in support of a notional NATO expeditionary operation;
2) identifying ways to increase the resilience of space capabilities in a contested environment through expanded international and private-sector cooperation and coordination;
3) determining operational challenges associated with defense of space capabilities employed in support of the operation;
4) examining the operational integration of cyber into defense of the space domain;
5) expanding understanding of the operational benefits of broader international participation in combined space operations.
The SW12 IG scenario depicts NATO counter-piracy operations around the Horn of Africa. Operation JOLLY ROGER is a notional NATO operation supporting a multi-national task force charged with finding and stopping Horn of Africa piracy operations. These piracy operations are supported by—and are supporting—al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate in Africa.
The Space Innovation and Development Center will conduct this wargame on behalf of Air Force Space Command, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Approximately 270 military and civilian experts from more than 30 agencies around the country as well as from Australia and NATO nations will participate in the wargame.
Agencies participating include: