Sorry that this isn't posting as a new topic. I was interested in this military event taking place in my area in the Western US states but cannot say that I feel or hear it happening. Has anyone in the group noticed anything? Today someone from Maine has posted that the signal jamming exercises are taking place there and the body and EMF instruments indicate it:
Hi All: Red Flag exercises have and are taking place in the Western Mountains of Maine. I have recorded the transmissions at 36,000 per hour on both my HFW 36B & D. People experience jamming of GPS and also jamming of all signals, even in my shielded home my electronics will just cut out.
I can hear the planes and helicopters at night which is unusual in our area as there is only one very small instrument only airport, I can feel them before I can hear them. I see helicopters during the day that don’t make any noise even when practically overhead.
In order to escape Red Flag I go to an area with more people, ironically, as from what I understand it takes place where there are 200 people or less per square mile, and that is almost everywhere in our area. The Redington Navy Seal base training area is literally in my backyard and I believe they also come out of New Hampshire.
The Red Flag exercises originate from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Past ones affected all Western states and Mexico. and blanketed California, Utah and Arizona. Past exercises included jamming GPS signals, affecting airports including Seattle. People experienced health effects including people not electromagnetically sensitive during these exercises in different states, including people who aren't electromagnetically sensitive.
Dates of Red Flag 20-1: Jan. 27 - Feb. 14
There may be a Red Flag 20-2 in March. Red Flag exercises have taken place in Alaska also.
Articles below, and many more on the internet.
Red Flag exercises ready to soar over Las Vegas Valley
By Briana Erickson Las Vegas Review-Journal
If you notice the Southern Nevada skies are extra noisy these next three weeks, you can thank the Red Flag 20-1 exercises.
USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise
BY TYLER ROGOWAY
JANUARY 25, 2018
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.
The disruptions will begin on January 26th and will run through February 16th. Flying.com
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:
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.
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