by Scott Prater
9/25/2013 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Unbeknownst
to many at Schriever, there is an organization on base that trains and
educates American warfighters on space effects and capabilities.
The Distributed Mission Operations Center for Space is located inside
the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, but it has worldwide reach on a daily
Officially, the unit conducts advanced training, participates in
exercises and supports mission rehearsal events Air Force-wide.
"We also develop and integrate new modeling, simulation and network
capabilities," said Larry Overmyer, DMOC-S director. "We are the only
unit that provides space modeling simulation to the warfighter."
Reggie Spivey, DMOC-S deputy operations lead, describes the facility's mission in simpler terms.
"Think of Xbox Live," he said. "That system allows game players to
compete along with other players around the world, where everyone can
see the battle field. In essence, DMOC for Space provides that same type
of scenario for participants in Air Force and combatant command
Most people have heard of Red Flag and Blue Flag exercises, where units
come together at a central location and conduct battlefield operations.
The DMOC-S provides those type of exercises to be conducted virtually,
where all players can participate from their home location.
The unit contains exercise planners, engineers and space operators as
well as intelligence, communications and cyber subject-matter experts.
Members use sophisticated computing and communications equipment to
create simulated environments as well as develop real and simulated data
for a multitude of players during an exercise.
With 31 members, comprised of active duty, reservists, contractors and
government civilians, DMOC-S provides support to units from tactical
squadrons up to and including combatant commands such as U.S. Strategic
Command, U.S. Northern Command and U.S. Pacific Command.
"A virtual flag does what a Red Flag does, except it's all virtual,"
said Jay Littleton, DMOC-S operations lead. "The model is the same. Role
players brief in the morning, then they have a three-hour execution
period, then they debrief. For the crews, they do everything except step
onto an aircraft. The Airborne Warning and Control System guys, an F-16
unit out of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and a unit out of the 55th Wing
at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., can all participate simultaneously," he
said. "And we can distribute information to all participants
The DMOC-S facility not only helps plan these exercises, it executes
them from the space perspective, while also providing simulated space
data to participants. The DMOC-S facility also helps units around the
world test assets and programs.
"Let's say there is a new capability on an aircraft," Littleton said.
"We'll get a request from a customer that tells us they want to test if a
particular airplane can fly from point A to point B while receiving
threats to the aircraft. They want to test the new capability, but they
need simulated data to do so. Once we receive their script, we can build
a scenario and provide the simulated data they need to validate their
Though located at the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center here, the DMOC-S
unit is an operating location for the 705th Combat Training Squadron at
Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., a squadron under the purview of the 505th
Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Fla.
It's been in existence, though under the radar, at Schriever since 2004
and the DMOC-S team expects it to be in high demand in the coming years.
"In this time of constrained budgets, it becomes much more economical to
the Air Force for us to provide a realistic warfighting capability in a
simulated environment," Littleton said. "This training is much cheaper.
The crews aren't deploying, their fighting from their home station."