Game on!

[ by Charles Cameron — war games seeping into non-game so-called real life again ]

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Russia Jammed Phones and GPS in Northern Europe During Massive Military Drills

A loss of GPS coverage in Norway and an outage in cellular and emergency cellular services in Latvia, both are part of a growing and worrying trend of reported electronic warfare, as well as cyber attacks, in and around NATO member states in Europe. The incidents both occurred during the largest Russian military exercises in years, suggesting that the Kremlin may have used these drills to more actively demonstrate its expanding hybrid warfighting techniques, all of which offer ways to harass the alliance and other countries with relatively little risk of setting off an actual conflict.

You got that?

both are part of a growing and worrying trend..

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How about this?

USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise

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.

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And / or this?

This is Likely Why the Navy Is Causing a Massive and Mysterious GPS Outage in the Western US

iPcture a giant, invisible, upside-down cone rising up from the desert floor near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. It ranges over 500 miles in every direction, covers more than 500,000 square miles in total, and reaches up higher than any civilian aircraft can fly. Inside the cone, GPS-related systems fail to function.

That invisible cone will be a reality this month, at least intermittently, and the FAA is warning pilots that GPS-related systems may fail to work in the area over the next three and a half weeks

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Are both “part of a growing and worrying trend”?

9 comments on this post.
  1. J.ScottShipman:

    Hi Charles,
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    Great post! This was inevitable, and I’m a bit surprised we’re just seeing this sort of thing. The continental US has been immune from widespread effects like this, but with the proliferation of smart phones and our growing dependence, this sort of denial would/will have enormous impact in the even of hostilities.

  2. Charles Cameron:

    Indeed.
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    I’m glad you liked the post. And you’re darned quick on the draw, Mr Shipman, sir!

  3. Pete:

    Great post fellas. EW, drones, cube sats…are all things of the future. I can launch a cube sat capable of 18 mos to 3 years of low earth orbit for 1 million dollars…a single JSF costs what 170 million…that’s just to buy it…not fuel, man and maintain. These smaller disruptors are going to continue to change how we fight.

  4. J.ScottShipman:

    Pete,
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    What sized rocket would me necessary? Would a SM6 or SM2 work? Tethered helium solutions with interesting payloads have long been of interest.

  5. Scott:

    Charles, I assume you’ve seen this article on how US soldiers inadvertently leaked their locations via fitbit?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-map-showing-the-users-of-fitness-devices-lets-the-world-see-where-us-soldiers-are-and-what-they-are-doing/2018/01/28/86915662-0441-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html?utm_term=.cbd46da62d54

  6. Charles Cameron:

    Ha! I have a half-formattted post about that — but I saw it in the Guardian!
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  7. Charles Cameron:

    DACA: “a political football”..
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    If the memo goes through “there will be a serious domino effect”..

  8. Charles Cameron:

    Game on, nuke-style — from the vice-Chair of the Joint Chiefs:

    “We don’t do preemption,” Selva said. “Our method of warfare: If they launch one, then game on. But preemption is not something we do as a matter of course.”

    U.S. can destroy ‘most’ of N. Korea’s nuclear missile infrastructure, top general says

  9. Charles Cameron:

    MSNBC: One more attempt to remove the referee..