CIVIL WAR PREP: Pentagon To Conduct “Realistic Military Training” For War On American Soil Against “Insurgents”
The Pentagon looks like they’re gearing up for a civil war by releasing information about ‘realistic military training’
This is where we usually say, “Read The Whole Thing™” but that pretty much is the whole thing. But if you’re disbelieving still, go thither yourself: CIVIL WAR PREP: Pentagon To Conduct “Realistic Military Training” For War On American Soil Against “Insurgents” | Doug Giles | #ClashDaily.
There are other, even more partisan and more conspiratorial, sites that are even more wound up over this than Doug Giles is.
Which is really saying something. Because he’s wound up to the point where he renamed the briefing slides from their anodyne Army verbiage to: Jade-Helm-Martial-Law-WW3-Prep-Document.
He’s aghast that The Iron Curtain of Fascism is Descending on America. (Harumph optional). That “Martial Law” title as much as anything shows that some guys have gone to 11 on the rheostat of outrage without understanding the thing that they’re so upset about. No, it’s not a preparation for Martial Law, although it may be a prep for WW3 — in somebody else’s country.
The evidence before us is a set of unclassified briefing slides for an SF and SOF unconventional warfare exercise — basically, guerilla and underground role-playing — that will take place across the southwestern United States. Jade Helm is a series of SOF and SOF-heavy exercises (in which conventional forces exercising their capabilities are also used as SOF training aids) that has been running for a while. For any veteran of Special Forces the slides will strongly recall other UW exercises, notably the culmination exercise of SF training, which has been coded Robin Sage for a very long time. (Previously it had other names, like Gobblers Woods).
Jade Helm differs from FTX Robin Sage in several ways:
- It is not an initial training evolution, the main objective of which is to educate, train and evaluate individuals on the cusp of Special Forces qualification. Instead, it is a collective training exercise designed to improve, enhance and evaluate fully-qualified special operations units.
- It is not contained in a small area where these exercises have been going on for years, such as the areas of Bavaria and the Palatinate where Exercise Schwarzes Pferd (Black Horse) took place during the Cold War, or the rural region of North Carolina where Robin Sage historically takes place.
- It is not restricted to the participation of SF ODAs, the 12-man Operational Detachment Alpha that is the fundamental organic element of SF. (For SEALs, the equivalent is the platoon). ODAs are designed to split into two elements of roughly equal capability, to task-organize into even smaller elements with specialized capabilities where needed, and to assemble into larger units and efforts freely. They also can form the backbone of a large element of foreign irregular or regular forces, as leaders, advisors or trainers. Along with the ODAs, this exercise will shake down several ODBs (a task-organized element based on the HQ of an SF company supported by one or more ODAs and non-SF support personnel), and a Special Forces Operations Base (SFOB) based on a reinforced Group or Battalion headquarters.
- Jade Helm is not an SF exercise exclusively, but one that will also employ other ARSOF, joint SOF, including at least one MARSOC CSOT. The Marines were screwed in 2007 when they trained for Direct Action missions and were delivered into a theater that was expecting a UW-trained and culturally-preadapted element. We’re betting they will do much better in 2015, given the chance to prepare and train for the UW mission, and the record MARSOC has achieved in the interim.
Far from teaching SOF troops to operate the mechanism of a police state, exercises like Jade Helm give SOF troops critically needed experience operating against and inside the territory of a police state. Normally the “police” and “secret police” role players are selected from soldiers and real police. The “guerillas” can be conventional Army or Guard soldiers, or even ROTC cadets, friendly foreign troops, and in one case I’m aware of, were civilian volunteers. (The SJA put the kibosh on ever doing that again. Unfortunately).
These briefing slides were freely provided to local officials, in order to secure their cooperation in an exercise that will play out across their territory. In specific, these slides were for certain Texas authorities. Some genius at the command thought that that the slides were self-explanatory. As the current “martial law!!!1!!” hullaballoo shows, they’re not, unless you’re well steeped in Unconventional Warfare doctrine and fluent in its acronyms. As a public service, we’ll provide the slides here as a free download and explain what’s going on.
There are 12 slides. We will tell you for each slide what it means, OK? But in order to keep the stretch of this long post on the front page of the blog to a minimum, we’ll tell you after the jump.