NRO, USSPACECOM Demonstrate Joint Space Defense

Jeff Brody

The National Reconnaissance Office and U.S. Space Command participated in an exercise to demonstrate space defense collaboration. NRO said Friday that it joined USSPACECOM and other members of the space community to exhibit cooperative space asset protection during the 13th Air Force Space Command Schriever Wargame.

“Space Command’s mission to protect and defend all U.S. satellites will enhance the survivability of NRO intelligence collection satellites and enable continuation of the national intelligence mission deep into conflict," said Christopher Scolese, NRO director.

The two-week exercise took place at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., from Sept. 12 to 13. Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of USSPACECOM and Air Force Space Command, said the wargame allowed participants to practice a jointly created concept of operations.

“Recently we’ve reached an agreement with the NRO that, when a threat is imminent, the NRO will execute direction from U.S. Space Command to take protective and defensive actions to safeguard their space assets," Raymond added.

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