’Red Flag’ planners remain mindful of national strategies, as this important exercise seeks to stay relevant in order to meet the needs of its wideranging list of participants.
A LARGER AND LONGER RUNNING Exercise ‘Red Flag 18-1’ was hosted at Nellis AFB, Nevada, from January 26 through February 16. As has become standard, the first ‘Red Flag’ of the year featured US forces training exclusively alongside allies from the United Kingdom and Australia. However, much was new about this ‘Flag’, reflecting efforts to keep it relevant. The exercise is moving from tactical scenarios aimed primarily at counter-insurgency operations towards a more strategic, integrated mission set targeting near-peer adversaries.