Coalition partners from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States participated in a Space Flag exercise for the first time at Aerospace Corporation’s facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Space Flag 19-3 integrated about 160 coalition participants, observers and distinguished guests in Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC’s) “Fight Tonight” exercise focused on using current capabilities to deter, deny and disrupt adversarial actions in the space domain.
General Stephen Wilson, the United States Air Force’s vice chief of staff, and each participating nation’s top space military leaders met with Space Flag personnel to learn more about the exercise and its criticality in training warfighters in the space domain.
“The threat in space is real, and we must train like we fight – alongside our international partners – to maintain space superiority and deter conflict in the space domain,” General Wilson said after meeting with Space Flag players.
Space Flag 19-3 provided new challenges and opportunities to learn from coalition partners, who were chosen based on their current positions through existing agreements with the 21st Space Wing, 460th Space Wing and Combined Space Operations Center.
Brigadier-General Kevin Whale, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s director general and component commander for space, spoke on Canada’s lasting partnership with the US and how he sees Canada’s future participation in Space Flag.
“Canada has a long…