What is Jade Helm 15?
Joint Assistant for Development and Execution
In one of the largest military training exercises ever carried out on American soil, Jade Helm 15, military personnel and supporting equipment will operate in nine states, with Utah, Texas and parts of California designated as simulated “hostile territory.” Jade Helm 15 will last eight weeks from July 15 through September 15, 2015. The officially-stated goal is to prepare Special Operations Forces for “threats abroad.” The training operation will take place on private land with permission from the landowners, and on public land, with the permission of state and local authorities. Governor Greg Abbot has ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor the exercises in Texas, after a frenzy of speculation on the internet that Jade Helm 15 is a precursor to martial law. What is it really all about?
We learn from an Air Force Research Laboratory Final Technical Report, dated August 2001, that JADE stands for Joint Assistant for Development and Execution. JADE’s purpose is “to assist in the development of force packages…that need to be deployed to some location in support of…warfighting.” With JADE software, military planners can build a preliminary force deployment plan in less than one hour. If there are changes to the plan, such as change in geography or territory, the program quickly generates another plan. In other words, it has the flexibility to complete the original plan with new parameters.
The “15” in Jade Helm 15 is obviously the year 2015. “HELM,” however, is more difficult to decipher. Internet bloggers have speculated that HELM is an acronym for Homeland Eradication of Local Militants, but this could not be verified. The most obvious meaning of “Helm” is that the goal of a military operation is to be in control of a strategically significant situation, as in “at the helm” of a ship.
“Master the Human Domain”
The logo for Jade Helm contains this phrase: “Master the Human Domain.” Historically, military campaigns focused on conquering territory and geographical terrain. In other words, they would fight to “take the hill.” To deal with the new elements of terrorists and insurgents, the U.S. Military must now have a new strategy which includes dealing with the variables of the humans who populate the terrain of a future war, the “human domain.” In this training for covert operations, soldiers “wearing civilian attire and driving civilian vehicles” will attempt to move around within communities without attracting attention. Local cells of civilians will be alerted to pay attention to how well the soldiers blend in with the local environment.
It will likely be unnerving to townspeople to see Green Berets, Navy Seals, Air Force and Marine Special Operations personnel, military aircraft, low-altitude airdrops of soldiers, and weapons firing blank rounds in their communities. The plan also calls for civilian “role players,” (like the “crisis actors” in previous emergency drills) to conduct “suspicious activities,” so that the Special Operations Forces can train in a more true-to-life environment.
Conditioned for Troops on the Streets
Jade Helm is a massive field training exercise to help Special Operations Forces improve their survival, evasion, resistance, and escape capabilities. Military planners will observe how civilians respond to a military presence in their communities, and this information will likely be added to Armed Forces databases for future force deployment planning. Michael Snyder has noted that many people are concerned about elaborate training exercises, such as Jade Helm, because so much of civil unrest training by police and National Guard forces “seems to eerily correspond with actual events.” It is logical to expect that, as they find themselves in the midst of such realistic and elaborately detailed training exercises, local residents will become anxious and distressed. Wouldn’t you? Nevertheless, eventually, many more Americans may have to become accustomed to seeing troops on the streets.
By Rick Brinegar
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