Greece and 6 other NATO Countries To Join U.S. in Schriever Wargame

BRUSSELS — Representatives from seven NATO countries will join the U.S. for the first time in a war game that focuses on space and cyber defense issues.

Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey will take part in Schriever Wargame 2012 International Game beginning April 20.

The Space Innovation and Development Center will conduct the war game at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., on behalf of U.S. Air Force Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.

“The Schriever Wargame, set in the year 2023, will explore critical space issues and investigate the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services. Schriever Wargame 2012 will also include international partners from Australia, Canada and the U.K.,” said a press release from U.S. Air Force Space Command.

“This is a significant development in what was predominately a U.S. event and reflects the need to cooperate and share information to develop future capabilities that benefit NATO collectively,” a NATO official said.

Developing capabilities for NATO is one of the alliance’s priorities for the upcoming Chicago summit May 20-21. At the summit, heads of state and government are expected to lay the foundations for the alliance’s future forces to 2020.

“In Chicago, we will take the next steps by approving a specific set of commitments and measures, and embracing the new approach we call Smart Defence,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following a meeting of alliance defense ministers here April 18.

The Smart Defence concept encourages nations to get the most capability from their defense spending by focusing on greater prioritization, specialization and multinational cooperation in equipment acquisition.

“The U.S. has been encouraging its European allies to invest more in these capabilities, and allowing them to participate in the Schriever Wargame provides an opportunity to work together on space-based systems that will be increasingly important to future operations,” …read more

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