Schriever Wargame is designed to explore
critical space issues to include investigating military utility of new space
systems, identifying solutions to common challenges, and advancing space
support within air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace doctrine.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — For the first time, the U.S. Space Force has led Schriever Wargame, a two-day
critical, in-depth space training event with more than 200 attendees from eight
Schriever Wargame is designed to explore critical space issues
to include investigating military utility of new space systems, identifying
solutions to common challenges, and advancing space support within air, land,
sea, space, and cyberspace doctrine.
The space-focused wargame began in
2001 under Air Force Space Command. SW 20, which took place Nov. 3 and 4, was
the 14th iteration of the wargame, and the first under the nation’s newest Armed
SW 20 included participants from Australia, Canada, France,
Germany, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States, and focused
on strategic messaging in the space domain.
“Today’s partnerships are
vital in the contested space environment to strengthen our integration and
interoperability along with promoting the peaceful use and development of
space,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting, Commander, Space Operations Command,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise was completed virtually
via the Battlefield Information Exploitation and Collection System. For this
reason, the event had a smaller footprint from previous years.
SW was divided into two segments, a Deep Dive in September, with focused support
from selected action offices; and the Capstone Coalition Council in November,
chaired by Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, USSF.
Other attendees included Secretary of the Air Force, combatant command
commanders from U.S. Space Command, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S Cyber Command
along with senior political and military leaders from the U.S. and coalition
nations whole of government.
“Space is critical to international
stability, and our use of space helps keep our countries safe, protects lives,
and supports our everyday way of life. Adversaries, such as Russia and China,
are actively developing counter-space capabilities to deny U.S. and our partners
the advantages of space in a crisis or conflict,” U.S. Army Gen. James H.
Dickinson, USSPACECOM commander, said. “The U.S. will not go it alone in space,
and Schriever Wargame is just one way we work alongside our Allies and partners
to help us retain space superiority, deliver space-based effects to the
warfighter, and ensure there is never a day without space.”
Deep Dive, participants made recommendations for gaining and maintaining an
operational and strategic advantage through coordinated and integrated strategic
The Capstone Coalition Council further discussed and refined
the results of the Deep Dive in order to develop a roadmap that could be used to
advance and strengthen the coalition’s ability in the space domain.
Schriever Wargame is the premier forum for joint, international, civil and
commercial partners to explore new operating concepts that enhance security and
stability in a contested space domain,” Raymond said. “Our unique advantage is
the ability to seamlessly integrate multi-domain capabilities from multiple
Allies and partners to create synergistic effects.”