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USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill
Flying magazine ^ | 1/25/2018

Posted on 01/27/2018 8:13:32 AM PST by MarchonDC09122009

https://www.flyingmag.com/upcoming-gps-outage-in-western-us-could-mean-back-to-basics

Beginning tomorrow, January 26, and running through February 18, GPS-equipped aircraft operating in the Western United States should be prepared for possible satellite signal disruptions at various altitudes. The disruptions may lead to traffic delays and even ground stops.

The NBAA Command Center reports the U.S. military will begin training exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range between 0400Z until 0700Z daily. Training maneuvers will impact vast portions of the Western U.S. including California, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. FAA enroute ATC centers affected include Albuquerque (ZAB), Denver (ZDV), Los Angeles (ZLA), Salt Lake (ZLC), Oakland (ZOA) and Seattle (ZSE). Operations in R-2508 and R-2501 may also be impacted.

Arrivals and departures from airports within the Las Vegas area may be issued non-Rnav re-routes with the possibility of increased traffic disruption near LAS requiring airborne re-routes to the south and east of the affected area. Aircraft operating in Los Angeles (ZLA) center airspace may experience navigational disruption, including suspension of Descend-via and Climb-via procedures. Non-Rnav SIDs and STARs may be issued within ZLA airspace in the event of increased navigational disruption. Crews should expect the possibility of airborne mile-in-trail and departure mile-in-trail traffic management initiatives.

Arrival and departure delays could exceed 30 minutes during peak demands during initial implementation and peak traffic periods, especially Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights. These delays could lead to the implementation of ground stops, ground delay programs or even airspace flow programs. Operators should monitor the FAA OIS page for current major initiatives.


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1 posted on 01/27/2018 8:13:33 AM PST by MarchonDC09122009
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To: MarchonDC09122009

http://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/1420982/red-flag-18-1-takes-off-at-nellis/

Red Flag 18-1 takes off at Nellis

By 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs / Published January 22, 2018

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.- —

The U.S. Air Force kicks off its largest three-week premier air-to-air combat training exercise, Red Flag 18-1, beginning Jan. 26 and will conclude Feb. 16.

Base officials want to remind Southern Nevada residents will notice increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, twice-a-day to participate in training exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range.

“We’re trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1,” said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. “It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.”

While Red Flag occurs in multiple iterations annually, each one has a unique training purpose – 18-1 is no exception.

“Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations,” said Mathes. “It’s a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.”

The training offered during Red Flag has prepared armed forces for future engagements.

 “Red Flag remains a great mix of heritage and future potential,” said Mathes. “We are very proud of our heritage with the way that red flag had improved survivability and readiness over the years. We look forward as we continue to grow readiness through integrated training as well as improving training efficiency.”

The exercise typically involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft as well as participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Air Force.


2 posted on 01/27/2018 8:15:28 AM PST by MarchonDC09122009 (When is our next march on DC? When have we had enough?)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Air Force has traditionally had the most libetal seenies in it...cracking the whip a bit I applaud.


3 posted on 01/27/2018 8:17:50 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Hurtling deplorable! V.S.G. full steam ahead MAGA!!!)
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To: CincyRichieRich

Check your beeber settings.


4 posted on 01/27/2018 8:19:35 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

My friends at Telco tell me that in a real catastrophe phone service will be dropped except to an approved list of those in authority and critical services. Comforting, huh?


5 posted on 01/27/2018 8:19:56 AM PST by Scooter100
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To: MarchonDC09122009

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17987/usaf-is-jamming-gps-in-the-western-u-s-for-largest-ever-red-flag-air-war-exercise

USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise
The use of the mysterious jamming technology will impact the navigation of aircraft operating as far away from Nevada as Colorado.
BY TYLER ROGOWAY
JANUARY 25, 2018
THE WAR ZONEELECTRONIC WARFARE EXERCISE GPS DENIAL JAMMING
USAF

TYLER ROGOWAY
twitter.com/Aviation_Intel
The year’s first iteration of the USAF’s premier set of aerial war games, known commonly as Red Flag, is kicking off today at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, but this exercise will be different than any in the past. Not only is it the largest of its kind in the exercise’s 42 year history, but the USAF is going to blackout GPS over the sprawling Nevada Test and Training Range to challenge aircrews and their weaponry under realistic fighting conditions. The tactic will spill over throughout the region, with warnings being posted stating inconsistent GPS service could be experienced by aircrews flying throughout the western United States.

SR-71’S “R2-D2” COULD BE THE KEY TO WINNING FUTURE FIGHTS IN GPS DENIED ENVIRONMENTS
By Tyler Rogoway
Posted in THE WAR ZONE
RUSSIA JAMMED PHONES AND GPS IN NORTHERN EUROPE DURING MASSIVE MILITARY DRILLS
By Joseph Trevithick
Posted in THE WAR ZONE
THIS IS LIKELY WHY THE NAVY IS CAUSING A MASSIVE AND MYSTERIOUS GPS OUTAGE IN THE WESTERN US
By Tyler Rogoway
Posted in THE WAR ZONE
RUSSIA MAY BE TESTING ITS GPS SPOOFING CAPABILITIES AROUND THE BLACK SEA

By Tyler Rogoway
Posted in THE WAR ZONE
The disruptions will begin on January 26th and will run through February 16th. Flying.com reports:

“The NBAA Command Center reports the U.S. military will begin training exercises on the Nevada Test and Training Range between 0400Z until 0700Z daily. Training maneuvers will impact vast portions of the Western U.S. including California, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. FAA enroute ATC centers affected include Albuquerque (ZAB), Denver (ZDV), Los Angeles (ZLA), Salt Lake (ZLC), Oakland (ZOA) and Seattle (ZSE). Operations in R-2508 and R-2501 may also be impacted.

Arrivals and departures from airports within the Las Vegas area may be issued non-Rnav re-routes with the possibility of increased traffic disruption near LAS requiring airborne re-routes to the south and east of the affected area. Aircraft operating in Los Angeles (ZLA) center airspace may experience navigational disruption, including suspension of Descend-via and Climb-via procedures. Non-Rnav SIDs and STARs may be issued within ZLA airspace in the event of increased navigational disruption. Crews should expect the possibility of airborne mile-in-trail and departure mile-in-trail traffic management initiatives.”

Those dates and the location perfectly correspond with Red Flag 18-1. The timeframe for the daily disruptions is also the same as the night launch and recovery period for Red Flag this time of year. Two major large force employment missions take place every day during the exercise, one during the light and one during the night, with each last roughly two to three hours.

This particular Red Flag includes players from the USAF, USMC, Australia and UK. The very limited guest list of only America’s most trusted allies is indicative of a Red Flag exercise where high-end and sensitive capabilities will be put to the test. According to a press release from the USAF that was posted just hours ago, this seems to be an accurate assumption, with Colonel Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander, stating:

“We’re trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1... It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness... Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations... It’s a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.”

GPS denial is a becoming a huge issue for American military planners. Peer states, especially Russia, are already putting GPS spoofing and jamming tactics to work during various training events near their own borders. We have discussed this situation in great depth before, and I would suggest you read this article to understand just how deeply the loss of reliable global positioning system data can mean for the U.S. and its allies during a time of war, as well as what is being done to overcome such a monumental hurdle.

The Pentagon has mysteriously tested technology that can jam GPS over a wide area before, and it is likely that this same capability will be put to use in the Nellis Test and Training Range for this Red Flag 18-1. Line-of-sight and distance impact the way in which GPS users, especially other airplanes, operating far outside the training area will be affected. Here is an article on those tests, which emanated from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, which is located on the western edge of the Mojave Desert in California, in June of 2016. Below is a released image showing how line-of-sight impacts the jammer’s abilities:

FAA
Map showing how the DoD’s GPS jamming would impact airspace over America’s southwest during a test in June, 2016.

The fact that the Department of Defense is going to execute wide-spread GPS jamming operations during such a high-end exercise is more proof of just how big of a threat these emerging electronic warfare tactics pose. It will be interesting to see if the USAF admits that the technology was indeed used for Red Flag after the exercise concludes, but considering that there are a whole number of position, navigation, and timing (PNT) technologies being developed in hopes to help overcome the loss of GPS during combat, advisories like this one that occur during major military exercises will likely become increasingly normal in the years to come.


6 posted on 01/27/2018 8:23:27 AM PST by MarchonDC09122009 (When is our next march on DC? When have we had enough?)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Time to dust off your VOR.


7 posted on 01/27/2018 8:23:34 AM PST by Rio (I was deplorable when deplorable wasn't cool.)
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To: Scooter100

When 9/11 happened, cell service in the Northeast crashed anyway. It was so overloaded that your chance of getting a call to connect was about 1% or less. I assume this would be done so at least SOMEONE could communicate.


8 posted on 01/27/2018 8:24:57 AM PST by pepsi_junkie
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To: pepsi_junkie

They’ve had 16+ years to fix that.


9 posted on 01/27/2018 8:26:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Scooter100

serfs we are


10 posted on 01/27/2018 8:27:38 AM PST by vooch (America First Drain the Swamp)
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To: MarchonDC09122009
I wonder how this will effect commercial aviation. Like this?

And_You_Think_Your_Comute_Is_Bad

Actually this is a typical snapshot of all commercial aircraft.

11 posted on 01/27/2018 8:27:46 AM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Good,keep the crooked bastard commie cabal from talking flying and escaping


12 posted on 01/27/2018 8:28:21 AM PST by Cats Pajamas (#releasethememo)
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To: pepsi_junkie

the switches were in the towers they got trashed. I helped replaced these switches so I know.

on 9/11 texts functioned fine


13 posted on 01/27/2018 8:28:57 AM PST by vooch (America First Drain the Swamp)
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To: vooch
I was in the Philly area, not NYC. Our cell service was toast too. Unless all cell phones on the east coast are routed through NYC (and specifically the twin towers back in the day) it seems the problem was broader than that.

If everyone in a city reaches for their phone at once and calls there just isn't enough bandwidth to handle it. Of course in 16 years the technology has changed a lot so it might fare better. Still, I could see the USG saying "not gonna risk it"

14 posted on 01/27/2018 8:31:52 AM PST by pepsi_junkie
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To: MarchonDC09122009

Someone refresh my mind - why would the USAF need to black out consumer GPS service for their Red Flag event?


15 posted on 01/27/2018 8:37:01 AM PST by TheBattman (Voting for lesser evils still gets you evil...)
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To: MarchonDC09122009

GPS spoofing is a lot more dangerous to commercial traffic than GPS signal suppression

Commercial airline traffic has inertial guidance backup, and usually VOR/DME based updating to calculated position (to update the inertial position and pass that along to the central navigation computer).

But if the GPS signal is giving you the wrong position (spoofing) then that can be very bad. There are no alerts for that.


16 posted on 01/27/2018 8:44:34 AM PST by zipper (In their heart of hearts, every Democrat is a communist)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Check your beeber settings.
...
Sorry, I’m too dense to know what that means.


17 posted on 01/27/2018 8:47:02 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (Hurtling deplorable! V.S.G. full steam ahead MAGA!!!)
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To: TheBattman

To simulate wartime.


18 posted on 01/27/2018 8:51:29 AM PST by zipper (In their heart of hearts, every Democrat is a communist)
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To: CincyRichieRich
Sorry, I’m too dense to know what that means.

It's an inside freeper joke that comes up when there is a typo like "libetal seenies" in a post. It would kind of ruin it if I explain it.
19 posted on 01/27/2018 8:52:44 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Scooter100

The DoD recently dropped the DRSN phone system, despite its being inherently more resilient. In the event of a significant comm outage, the government will appropriately commandeer whatever systems are still available. Ham radios have consistently proven invaluable during numerous catastrophes, and I imagine that won’t change, despite its lessening appeal to current generations.


20 posted on 01/27/2018 8:54:30 AM PST by antidisestablishment ( Xenophobia is the only sane response to multiculturalism’s irrational cultural exuberance)
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