ARMY MARS CommEx

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Army MARS CommEx

EXERCISE SIMULATES A NOTIONAL CORONAL MASS EJECTION
(CME) AND GEO-MAGNETIC STORM

 

 

THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS REDACTED VERSION OF A MARS COMMEX.

SCHEDULED FOR THE FIRST PART OF NOV 2015.  FEEL FREE TO SHARE WITH INTERESTED HAMS.

 

 

Below is the exercise order Redacted version for the November exercise.
The Redacted version is for public dissemination within the Amateur
Community.

Mike

ZEN/MR MIKE COREY AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE
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MSGID/GENADMIN/HQ ARMY MARS FT HUACHUCA AZ/AMO 14-15//
POC/DAVID MCGINNIS/CTR/NETC-OP-ATD MARS/FT HUACHUCA AZ//
ORDTYP/ORDER/HQ ARMY MARS//
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GENTEXT/SITUATION/
A. (U) GENERAL OVERVIEW:
(1) (U) CHIEF, AIR FORCE AND ARMY MARS ARE COORDINATED ON THIS
TASKING.
(3) (U) EXECUTION OF THIS COMMEX REQUIRES COORDINATION WITH RADIO
STATIONS IN THE AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE (ARS).
(4) (U) TRAINING EXERCISE SIMULATES A NOTIONAL CORONAL MASS EJECTION
(CME) AND GEO-MAGNETIC STORM. IN 1859, ONE OF THE LARGEST GEOMAGNETIC
STORMS ON RECORD OCCURRED. KNOWN AS THE CARRINGTON EVENT, THE CME
ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SOLAR STORM WAS A DIRECT HIT ON THE EARTH. TELEGRAPH
COMMUNICATIONS ACROSS THE GLOBE, WHICH HAD BECOME THE PRIMARY METHOD
FOR COMMUNICATIONS AROUND THE WORLD, FAILED. IN 1989, ANOTHER CME
KNOCKED OUT ELECTRICITY FOR 12 HOURS TO OVER 6 MILIION RESIDENTS IN QUEBEC.
THE SOLAR STORM OF 2012 WAS OF SIMILAR MAGNITUDE TO THE CARRINGTON
EVENT BUT PASSED EARTH’S ORBIT WITHOUT STRIKING THE PLANET. SHOULD A CME
OF THIS MAGNITUDE STRIKE EARTH TODAY, THE RESULTING GEO-MAGNETIC STORM
IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ELECTRICAL AND TELECOM-
MUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE, CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, AND CAUSE WIDESPREAD
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DISRUPTIONS. SOME ESTIMATES INDICATE UP
TO 2 TRILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE AND RECOVERY FROM SUCH AN
EVENT MAY EXTEND FROM SEVERAL MONTHS TO YEARS. ONLY EQUIPMENT
THAT HAS BEEN PROTECTED DURING THE GEO-MAGNETIC STORM SHOULD
BE EXPECTED TO OPERATE POST-EVENT.
(5) (U) THROUGHOUT THE COMMEX, STATIONS SHOULD OPERATE UNDER
EXERCISE CONDITIONS THAT SIMULATE A COMPLETE UNAVAILABILITY OF
CYBERSPACE, ELECTRICAL, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE.
ALL MARS AND AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS SHOULD PLAN TO EXERCISE,
REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITY TO USE BACKUP POWER.
B. (U) FRIENDLY FORCES
(1) (U) AIR FORCE MARS
(2) (U) ARMY MARS
(3) (U) AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS
(4) (U) DOD FORCES
(5) (U) AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE
C. (U) ENEMY FORCES
(1) (U) SOUND OPERATIONAL SECURITY (OPSEC) AND ANTI-
TERRORISM/FORCE PROTECTION (AT/FP) PRACTICES WILL BE
IMPLEMENTED AND USED THROUGHOUT THE COMMEX.//
GENTEXT/MISSION/
(U) IN A SIMULATED NATIONAL CRISIS SITUATION, MARS STATIONS WILL
EXERCISE CONTINGENCY COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT IN COOPERATION WITH AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS FROM 071200Z NOV 2015 TO 102359Z NOV 2015
IN ORDER TO FULFILL NATIONAL MILITARY REQUIREMENTS IN SUPPORT OF
THE DOD NATIONAL CONTINGENCY COMMUNICATIONS MISSION INCLUDING:
(1) (U) JOINT TASKING AND UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEER PERSONNEL
FROM MARS TO FULFILL NATIONAL REQUIREMENTS.
(2) (U) COORDINATING WITH AVAILABLE AMATEUR RADIO RESOURCES.
(3) (U) SOCIALIZE WARNING OF A NOTIONAL, IMPENDING HAZARDOUS
EVENT THROUGHOUT THE MARS FORCE. IMPLEMENT MEASURES TO PROTECT
THESE RESOURCES FROM THE NOTIONAL HAZARD.
(4) (U) DEMONSTRATE INTEROPERABILITY BETWEEN DOD NETWORKS
AND AMATEUR RADIO.
(5) (U) RADIO STATIONS OPERATING WITHIN THE DOD GLOBAL HF
ENTERPRISE NETOWRK MEET PERFORMANCE STANDARDS DESCRIBED IN MIL-STD
188-110 AND TEXT MESSAGE STANDARDS IN MIL-STD 6040 (USMTF)//
GENTEXT/EXECUTION/
A. (U) INTENT
(U) ESTABLISH AND SUSTAIN DEPENDABLE, MULTI-LAYER HF
RADIO-ONLY NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS TO SUPPORT DOD OBJECTIVES
AND INTERFACE WITH RELEVANT AMATEUR RADIO NETWORKS AS REQUIRED
TO FULFILL DOD INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS.
B. (U) CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
(U) THIS COMMEX IS DESIGNED TO EXERCISE TASKS THAT WOULD NORMALLY
OCCUR FOR A PERIOD OF TIME OF SEVERAL DAYS OR LONGER. HOWEVER, THE
COMMEX IS CONDUCTED OVER A COMPRESSED TIME PERIOD. THIS IS A
HIGH PRIORITY ACTIVITY AND ALL MARS ASSETS AVAILABLE TO TRAIN
SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMMEX.
(1) (U) NOTIFICATION PHASE
(U) THE TIME PERIOD 071200Z THROUGH 080900Z NOV 2015 IS THE
NOTIFICATION PHASE OF THE COMMEX.
(U) AT 071200Z NOV 2015 ALL MARS STATIONS WILL SIMULATE A
GROWING AWARENESS OF A NOTIONAL CME AND GEOMAGNETIC STORM
CONSIDERED LIKELY TO HIT EARTH AS DISCUSSED ON NOTIONAL
SOCIAL MEDIA AND NEWS NETWORKS. THE GROWING CONSENSUS
IS THIS CME IS LIKELY TO BE OF A CATASTROPHIC MAGNITUDE.
(U) DURING THIS PHASE, STATE MARS DIRECTORS AND STAFF SHOULD
PREPARE MARS STATIONS FOR A POTENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
DISRUPTION AND SOCIALIZE TECHNIQUES WITH THEIR SUBORDINATES TO
PROTECT RADIO AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT. ADDITIONALLY, AMARS
STATE CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICERS AND AFMARS STATE EMERGENCY
COORDINATORS SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO BEGIN COORDINATION
ACTIVITIES WITH LOCAL AMATEUR ORGANIZATIONS. REGION MARS
DIRECTORS AND OPERATIONS STAFF SHOULD PREPARE FOR PERIODS
OF HIGH INTENSITY AND SUSTAINED NETWORK OPERATIONS. MARS
MEMBERS SHOULD MAINTAIN EMAIL AND TELEPHONE CONTACT WITH
THEIR STATE MARS STAFF, CHECK INTO REGULARLY SCHEDULED
MARS NETS, CHECK AND TEST EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE AND
REFERENCE INFORMATION TO ENSURE THEY ARE UP TO DATE AND
OPERATIONAL IN ALL AREAS.
(U) AT 080001Z NOV 2015 G2 SOURCES WILL NOTIFY MARS OF AN
IMPENDING CME. DOD WILL DIRECT MARS PROGRAMS TO IMPLEMENT A
POSTURE TO ENSURE SURVIVALABILITY OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL STATIONS,
DISCONNECT RADIO AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FROM ALL WIRING BETWEEN
THE HOURS OF 080900Z THROUGH 081200Z NOV 2015. MARS MEMBERS
WILL BE NOTIFIED OF POTENTIAL REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION FOLLOWING
CME IMPACT. MARS STATIONS SHOULD COMMUNICATE INFORMATION
RELEVANT TO PROTECTING EQUIPMENT FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE
GEOMAGNETIC STORM TO ALL MARS MEMBERS AND FINALIZE PREPARATIONS
FOR OPERATIONS.
(2) (U) GEOMAGNETIC STORM PHASE
(U) BETWEEN 080900Z THROUGH 081200Z NOV 2015 THE NOTIONAL GEOMAGNETIC
STORM WILL OCCUR. ALL MARS STATIONS RADIO AND COMPUTER
EQUIPMENT SHALL BE PHYSICALLY DISCONNECTED FROM ANTENNAS, POWER
MAINS, AND INTERCONNECT WIRING IN A MANNER THAT PROVIDES THE
BEST PROTECTION FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE GEOMAGNETIC STORM.
(U) NO EXERCISE RADIO OPERATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED DURING THE
GEOMAGNETIC STORM PHASE.
(3) (U) POST GEOMAGNETIC STORM PHASE / HIGH INTENSITY NETWORK
OPERATIONS (HINO)
(U) AT 081200Z NOV 2015 MARS STATIONS WILL OBSERVE NOTIONAL LOSS OF
ELECTRICAL POWER, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AND CYBERSPACE AS A RESULT
OF THE NOTIONAL GEOMAGNETIC STORM. BASED ON THESE NOTIONAL
TRIGGER EVENTS, MARS STATIONS SHALL TAKE INDIVIDUAL ACTION THAT
COLLECTIVELY ACTIVATES HF RADIO NETWORKS AT ALL LEVELS.
COMSPOT REPORTS SHALL BE GENERATED AT EACH LEVEL AND SENT TO
HIGHER.
(U) SHORTLY AFTER 081200Z NOV 2015, A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION FOR
COUNTY MESSAGES WILL BE FORWARDED TO MARS. MARS STATIONS
IN EACH COUNTY OR ADJACENT OR NEARBY COUNTIES WILL COMPLETE
COUNTY MESSAGES AS TASKED.
(U) MARS MEMBERS, USING THEIR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE, SHALL CONTACT
AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS AND CONVERSE WITH AMATEUR OPERATORS TO
OBTAIN THE INFORMATION VARIABLES NECESSARY TO COMPLETE THE COUNTY
REPORTS. MARS STATIONS SHOULD NOT EXPECT AMATEUR STATIONS TO
KNOW FIPS COUNTY CODES OR THE COUNTY MESSAGE FORMAT. BECAUSE
EXERCISING THE MARS/AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE INTERFACE IS A PRIMARY
OBJECTIVE OF THIS COMMEX, MARS STATIONS SHOULD OFFER LOCAL AMATEUR
STATIONS EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN IN THIS COMMEX TO INCLUDE TAKING
DUPLICATE INFORMATION FROM AMATEUR SOURCES WHEN THE INFORMATION
MAY BE AVAILABLE DIRECTLY TO THE MARS STATION.
(U) AMATEUR RADIOS OPERATORS THAT WOULD NORMALLY OPERATE AT A
STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER OR AT
ANOTHER GOVERNMENT OR CIVIL FACILITY DURING AN ACTUAL EVENT OF
THIS TYPE MAY SIMULATE OPERATING FROM THAT FACILITY DURING THIS
COMMEX, AS APPROPRIATE. THE INTENT OF THIS COMMEX IS NOT TO
REQUEST ACTIVATION OF STATE/LOCAL OR CIVIL FACILITIES, RATHER
TO EXERCISE NFORMATION EXCHANGE BETWEEN MARS AND AMATEUR NETWORKS.
(U) IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ONLY REAL-WORLD INFORMATION IS
COLLECTED. SIMULATED OR NOTIONAL CONDITIONS ARE NOT REPORTED.
IE: IF THE POWER IS REALLY ON, THEN THE REPORT SHALL BE THE
POWER IS ON.
(U) THIS EXERCISE SIMULATES THE INACCESIBILITY OF CYBERSPACE.
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO EXERCISE HUMAN INTERACTION BETWEEN RADIO
OPERATORS IN THE MARS AND AMATEUR SERVICES USING BASIC
TECHNOLOGIES. CONTACT TO AMATEUR RADIO STATION SHALL BE ONLY
THROUGH TRADITIONAL RADIO METHODS. NO INTERNET-BASED LINKING,
REMOTE, STORE AND FORWARD, OR EMAIL SYSTEMS ARE PERMITTED TO
BE USED TO FULFILL THE EXERCISE REQUIREMENT.
(4) (U) SUSTAINED NETWORK OPERATIONS
(5) (U) MARS / DOD ACTIVITY
(6) (U) CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS
C. (U) TASKS TO SUBORDINATE UNITS:
(1) (U) US ARMY GATEWAY STATION FORT HUACHUCA:
(2) (U) MARS STATIONS SUPPORTING THE TRANSGLOBAL NET:
(U) SCHEDULE MAJOR RELAY STATIONS AND MAKE ALL NECESSARY
PREPARATIONS TO STAFF THE TRANSGLOBAL NET.
(3) (U) MARS STATIONS SUPPORTING THE NATIONAL SUPPORT NET:
(U) THE NATIONAL SUPPORT NET WILL RECEIVE ADDITIONAL
INSTRUCTION IN A SEPARATE COMMUNICATION.
(4) (U) ARMY AND AIR FORCE MARS REGION DIRECTORS
(A) (U) ESTABLISH PROCEDURES AND ISSUE DIRECTIVES WITHIN
THEIR REGION TO SUPPORT THIS COMMEX.
(B) (U) ESTABLISH ALTERNATE COMMAND AND STAFF ASSIGNMENTS
WITHIN THE LEADERSHIP TEAM.
(C) (U) SOCIALIZE THIS EXERCISE WITH AMATEUR
RADIO ORGANIZATIONS TO ENCOURAGE PARTICITATION.
(U) (U) ENSURE ALL MARS STATIONS MAXIMIZE TRAINING
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COMMEX AND ARE CAPABLE OF
OPERATING USING SSB VOICE AND MIL-STD DATA.
(6) (U) AIR FORCE MARS DIVISION DIRECTORS
(U) PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY SUPPORT TO AIR FORCE MARS
REGION DIRECTORS TO EXECUTE THIS COMMEX.
(7) (U) JOINT PHONE PATCH MANAGER:
(U) NO SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL DEMANDS FOR PHONE PATCH
SERVICES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMMEX. CONDUCT
SCHEDULED PHONE PATCH OPERATIONS ACCORDING TO EXISTING
DIRECTIVES.
D. (U) COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS:
(1) (U) TRAIN-UP
(U) THROUGH INDEPENDENT STUDY PRIOR TO THIS COMMEX, MARS
STATIONS SHOULD FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THE POTENTIAL
EFFECTS OF A CARRINGTON-CLASS CME AND ACTIONS THAT CAN BE
TAKEN TO PROTECT EQUIPMENT FROM THE RESULTING GEOMAGNETIC
STORM.
(2) (U) AMATEUR RADIO ACTIVITY
(U) THIS EXERCISE DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY FORMAL TASKING
ASSOCIATED WITH A PARTICULAR AMATEUR RADIO ORGANIZATION;
HOWEVER, THIS PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INDIVIDUAL, NON
MARS AFFILIATED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS TO SUPPORT A DOD
ACTIVITY IN A REALISTIC, AD-HOC MANNER. THE SOURCE OF
ANY REQUEST FOR INFORMATION CAN BE A LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO
STATION WHO IS NEAREST THE REQUESTED RESOURCE. STATE MARS
DIRECTORS, THROUGH THEIR CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICERS (A) AND
EMERGENCY COORDINATORS (AF), SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO
ENLIST THE SUPPORT OF INTERESTED LOCAL AMATEURS, GROUPS,
AND ORGANIZATIONS.
(U) AMATEUR RADIO ACTIVITY IS LIMITED TO RADIO ONLY,
NO TCP/IP TECHNOLOGY WILL BE USED DURING THIS EXERCISE.
(3) (U) JOINT COORDINATION
(U) REGION MARS DIRECTORS, SUPPORTED BY DIVISION DIRECTORS SHALL
COORDINATE ALL COMMEX ACTIVITIES TO ACHIEVE:
(A)(U) HF RADIO NETWORK COVERAGE AS REQUIRED.
(B) (U) A SCHEDULE TO ENSURE NET CONTROL AND MINOR/
MAJOR RELAY STATION AVAILABILITY.
(C) (U) ASSIGN AND TRAIN MARS STATIONS TO ACCOMPLISH ALL
ANTICIPATED TASKS.
(D) (U) PRIORITIZE AND SCHEDULE RESOURCES TO ENSURE
COMMEX IS FULLY STAFFED THROUGH THE ENTIRE PERIOD.
(E) (U) ENSURE COMSPOT REPORTS INCLUDE REMARKS CONTAINING
THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBER CALL SIGN OF ALL STATIONS THAT
CHECKED INTO THE NET WHILE THE NET WAS OPERATING.
TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS TO ENSURE ALL MARS STATIONS
THAT TRAINED IN THIS EXERCISE ARE RECORDED.
(F) (U) COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AFTER ACTION REPORTS (AAR) TO
THE RESPECTIVE HEADQUARTERS OR DIVISION DIRECTORS NO
LATER THAN 15 DAYS FOLLOWING CONCLUSION OF COMMEX.
MARS AFTER ACTION REPORTS SHALL CONTAIN THE ASSIGNED
STATION (NOT BILLET) CALL SIGN OF EVERY MARS STATION
PARTICIPATING.
(4) (U) A REDACTED VERSION OF THIS ORDER WILL BE PROVIDED FOR
REFERENCE AND DISTRIBUTION TO THE AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNITY.
(5) (U) OTHER ACTIVITIES MAY COINCIDE WITH THIS EXERCISE.
MARS STATIONS ARE TO PROCESS “NO PLAY” MESSAGES AND TRAFFIC
WITHOUT DELAY, AS REQUESTED.//
GENTEXT/ADMIN AND LOG/
(U) ALL MARS STATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SELF SUPPORTING FOR
THE DURATION OF THE COMMEX. NO SERVICE SUPPORT IS PROVIDED.//
GENTEXT/COMMAND AND SIGNAL/
A. (U) COMMAND
(1) (U) CHAIN OF COMMAND.
(U) US ARMY NETCOM IS THE LEAD AGENCY DESIGNATED FOR
EXECUTION OF THIS TASK. THIS ACTIVITY IS COORDINATED
BETWEEN HQ ARMY MARS AND CHIEF AIR FORCE MARS.
(A) ARMY MARS PROGRAM MANAGER / US ARMY NETCOM G34 ATD;
(B) CHIEF AIR FORCE MARS / US AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND
38SCM;
(C) ARMY MARS OPERATIONS OFFICER / US ARMY NETCOM G34 ATD;
(D) ARMY MARS REGION DIRECTORS AND AIR FORCE MARS REGION DIRECTORS;
(E) AF MARS DIVISION DIRECTORS (ADMINISTRATIVE ONLY);
(F) ARMY AND AIR FORCE MARS STATE DIRECTORS;
(G) MARS MEMBERS.
B. (U) SIGNAL
(4) (U) INTERNET TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING HF EMAIL AND
INTERNET LINKED REPEATER SYSTEMS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THIS
EXERCISE.
(U) MARS MEMBERS OPERATING ON AMATEUR RADIO FREQUENCIES SHALL
UTILIZE THE PREVAILING OPERATING MODE IN USE ON THE FREQUENCY.
(6) (U) OFF LINE ENCODING
(B) (U) IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT AMATEUR STATIONS DO
NOT HAVE ENCRYPTION CAPABILITIES. COMMUNICATIONS WITH
AMATEUR STATIONS SHALL BE UN-ENCRYPTED AND IN ACCORDANCE
WITH EXISTING AMATEUR CONVENTIONS.
(7) (U) COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
(B) (U) AMATEUR RADIO: LOCAL VHF/UHF AND HF AMATEUR RADIO
NETS AND OTHER LOCAL AD HOC AMATEUR ACTIVITY.//
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