Air University Public Affairs
/ Published November 27, 2018
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson; Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command; Gen. John Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command; and Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, commander and president of Air University, stand with participants of Schriever Wargame 2018. More than 350 military and civilian experts from 27 agencies around the country, as well as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, participated in the wargame to explore critical space and cyberspace issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trey Ward)
The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education hosted Air Force Space Command’s Schriever Wargame 2018 in October.
The two-week event was the largest-ever wargame hosted by LeMay Center and involved approximately 350 military and civilian experts exploring critical space and cyberspace issues, set in the year 2028. The event was attended by numerous general officers and dignitaries including the Secretary of the Air Force who received the closing brief.
“Wargames are invaluable for exploring extraordinarily complex issues and questions,” said Lt. Col. Josh Jensen, LeMay Center Wargaming Institute operations division chief. “They allow for structured human decision making within purpose-built scenarios with the goal of producing actionable data. Done right, wargames have the ability to uncover insights that would otherwise be undiscovered.”
Wargame participants came from more than 27 agencies around the country, as well as from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The diverse nature of participation created a unique challenge that the LeMay staff had to overcome. The LeMay Center Team headed by Sam Bolen and assisted by Ken Black were instrumental to the success of this record-setting event.
“This wargame would literally not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the wargaming team at Air University spearheading new processes that enabled hundreds of coalition partners to collaborate in a secure, fully-equipped wargaming environment,” said Jensen. “Bringing in representatives from the departments of State, Commerce, Transportation, Homeland Security and NASA, added further complexity to support this wargame.”
According to Air Force Space Command, 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 area of responsibility.