By 1st Lt Ashley Conner
Air Force Information Operations Center Public Affairs
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- For the first time exercise participants
were provided a realistic picture of the results of a network attack on
an adversary during a Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment earlier this
The 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas,
and its Detachment 2 at Nellis AFB, Nev., both apart of the Air Force
Information Operations Center, in coordination with the 505th Combat
Training Squadron, Joint Information Operations Warfare Command and the
Joint Information Operations Range, built an environment to capture
network warfare effects on a computer network range and transfer the
effects into a model simulating the adversary's communications networks.
"This is the first time effects from a live network attack were
transferred without any manual intervention, creating a more realistic
environment for the exercise participants," said Scott Tucker, 453rd EWS
The 91st Network Warfare Squadron conducted a live-fire attack against a
target computer network provided by the 346th Test Squadron at Lackland
AFB that represented an adversary.
The effect of that attack was translated, machine-to-machine, to the
simulation environment provided by the 505th CTS at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance sensors modeled in that
environment detected the effect and transmitted intelligence messages to
the Air and Space Operations Center at Barksdale AFB, La., to show the
Joint Forces Air Component commander and his staff the effectiveness of
the network attack and allow them to respond accordingly.
Historically, network warfare activities have been exercised on networks
with no connectivity to other environments because of classification and
"We took advantage of the emerging (Joint Information Operations Range)
to bring these networks together," said James Hird, Detachment 2
technical advisor. "Detachment 2 and the 453rd EWS were instrumental in
coordinating with the participating organizations and models to
understand and implement the next step of translating the effects of a
micro-level network attack into a macro-level event."
JEFX is a large scale exercise that integrates innovations in
organization, tools and processes to improve the warfighting capability
which provided an ideal arena to test this new capability.
"As a result of the success we achieved, there is a great deal of
optimism that the lessons learned during JEFX can be leveraged for
future events," said Mr. Hird. "The key is to have the capability to
bring the network warfare training audiences seamlessly into established
exercises with the type of integrated training environment demonstrated
Detachment 2 is currently in the process of working with the Distributed
Mission Operations Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M. to introduce this type
of training into future exercises.
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