Spartan Warrior 22-9: integration and interoperability

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  • By Airman 1st Class Alexcia Givens
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
EINSIEDLERHOF AIR STATION, Germany – Ten Allied nations participated in Spartan Warrior, a simulated multilateral exercise, hosted by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Warfare Center at Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany, Sept. 26-29, 2022.

The semi-annual training allows participants to explore a simulated tactical environment using available assets and integrating with other nations.

During Spartan Warrior 22-9, NATO Allies simulated scenarios to test players’ abilities to counter threats including command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets, strike coordination and reconnaissance(SCAR), and combat search and rescue.

“Spartan Warrior is a massive command and control simulation exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Deeandra Furtado-Benner, 5th Combat Training Squadron command, control intelligence flight commander. “This exercise ensures that if, and when, we encounter this type of scenario in the future we are prepared as Allied forces and be able to command and control different lanes.”

The U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, and Poland took part in the advanced integration of rehearsals for large-scale combat operations during the exercise.

“Spartan Warrior gives us the unique opportunity to hit on mission sets that are tough to recreate, like SCAR, because it takes a lot of instructors and planning,” said Capt. Wesley Wagner, 178th Operations Support Squadron, chief of training. “Whereas here, it’s done by exercise controllers or NATO partners, so it gives you that realistic aspect.”

The USAFE-AFAFRICA Warfare Center's mission is to support training for joint Allies and partner-nation warfighters at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels using diverse modeling and simulation networks. The Warfare Center is a multifaceted organization that enhances warfighter readiness across the European theater.

Spartan Warrior 22-9 gives Allies the venue to compete against simulated threat environments they could see in the opening phase of conflicts, ensuring NATO Allies are ready and prepared for any environment and scenario.