The Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer David Norquist (right) and Director of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment for the Joint Staff, Army Lt. Gen. Anthony Ierardi, brief the press on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Budget at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2018. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith.
Air Force Space Command recently wrapped the Defense Department’s biggest space exercise, using aggressors to help airmen hone their skills defending space systems. Space Flag 19-1, held in Colorado Springs, Colo., last month, included airmen from the 50th Space Wing and 460th Space Wing, along with airmen from the 26th and 27th Space Aggressor squadrons. Similar to how Red Flag exercises focus on real-world, large-scale operations, the exercise included “red” and “blue” forces fighting against each other in a “dynamic range of scenarios,” according to an Air Force Space Command release. "The intent of Space Flag is to allow tactical operators the ability to learn how to fight and defend their systems as an enterprise with other tactical operators in an arena we currently do not have,” said Col. Devin Pepper, 21st Operations Group commander and leader of the exercise, in the release. The exercise began in 2017 and will increase to three times per year as a way to transition “our culture and our way of thinking from just providing a service to the warfighter to actually being a space warfighter,” Pepper said.
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