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.

You may also be interested in...

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Help Air Force Apply Ground Tracking Satellites

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. Space Force will help the U.S. Air Force implement a constellation of small radar satellites designed to track objects moving on land. Raymond said at the McAleese and Associates annual defense conference that the two service branches are working to develop concepts that apply GMTI satellites.