JT4 has a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with the 25th Space Range Squadron (25 SRS) located at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, where we support the National Space Test and Training Complex (NSTTC) and the United States Space Force (USSF). We develop space range environments that assist our Warfighters in developing their capabilities and mission effectiveness in a safe training environment. Space capabilities are continuously evolving, requiring our team to seek improvements in our capabilities and procedures to ensure the U.S. remains relevant when preparing to fight in the space domain.
The JT4 team supporting the NSTTC is responsible for planning, scheduling, integrating, maintaining and operating the range in a safe and secure manner. NSTTC operations require the development of target and threat models and simulations. JT4 also helps enable NSTTC to provide its customer base with an environment in which they can train and exercise operational systems, as well as develop capabilities to test new or improved space control technologies.
The U.S. Space Force
NSTTC is JT4’s only operation supporting the USSF. Established on December 20, 2019, it is the sixth and newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and the world’s first independent space force. Service members in the USSF are known as Guardians. They are entrusted with protecting our nation’s interests in space and providing space capabilities.
Space range explained
The JT4 Team supports the NSTTC mission by providing a tailorable space warfare range to develop lethal, agile and resilient joint Warfighters. Breaking this down further, the NSTTC provides three range components to our customers:
- An open-air range – Satellite bandwidth that is provided 24/7/365 and managed by the Space Range Operations Center (SROC), which provides range control and data collection
- Deployable range suites – Technology that can establish a safe space range at any location around the world
- Range Closed-Loop Environment (RCLE) – A transportable platform with configurable instrumentation that provides feedback on effectiveness of customer proficiencies, systems performance and procedures
As an integral part of the new USSF, the NSTTC provides support to the Air Force, Space Force, Army, Navy and Marines. The range works closely with these customers to understand mission needs and ensure it provides target sets that meet requirements. This support could span pre-deployment preparation, large-force exercises, testing and training. Our customer base continues to expand to include coalition partners, academia and industry.
Platforms and exercises supported
On average, JT4 supports 20-25 live-fire and closed-loop events per year from both Colorado Springs and throughout the world. JT4 also supports exercises, test and evaluation activities and unit training events that prepare space operators for worldwide deployment. This includes support for numerous large-force exercises (LFEs), including the following:
Global Lightning is an annual DoD exercise which impacts all USSTRATCOM mission areas to enhance readiness and creates the conditions for effective strategic deterrence against a variety of threats. This exercise provides training opportunities for USSTRATCOM headquarter’s staff and its components to integrate and synchronize efforts with USEUCOM headquarters and its component commands, as well as the USSF.
Talisman Sabre is the largest bilateral combined training activity between the Australian Defence Force and United States military. It is designed to test our respective forces in planning and conducting Combined and Joint Task Force operations and improve the combat readiness and interoperability between Australian and U.S. forces. The exercise focuses on crisis-action planning and contingency response, enhancing both nations’ military capabilities to deal with regional contingencies and the War on Terrorism. This Field Training Exercise incorporates force preparation (logistic) activities, amphibious landings, ground force maneuver, urban operations, air combat and maritime operations.
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Where we work
Unlike the other J-Tech II ranges where JT4 is located, the NSTTC does not have a physical footprint. The satellites that support the range operations could be anywhere in our earth’s orbit. The NSTTC is able to provide customers with a safe and secure environment to support test, training, tactics and exercise activities from various locations worldwide. In fact, most NSTTC employees regularly travel to locations in the United States Pacific Command (PACOM), European Command (EUCOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) to deploy satellite communications equipment around the world. When not globetrotting, NSTTC employees work out of Schriever AFB, CO or the Mission Support Facility (MSF) in downtown Colorado Springs.
Where we live
JT4 employees supporting the NSTTC live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, surrounded by stunning scenic beauty. Our nation’s most famous poem and song, “America the Beautiful” was inspired by the view from Pikes Peak, just west of Colorado Springs.
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