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Friday, July 21, 2006

Amalgam Warrior description

Amalgam Warrior description

From Global Security:
AMALGAM WARRIOR (AW) is a CINCNORAD-sponsored, CJCS- approved and -funded, large-scale live-fly exercise normally involving two or more NORAD regions. They are designed to exercise air sovereignty and air defense. Emphasis is placed on realistic target flow employing electronic warfare and other penetration tactics. Functions exercised include, but are not limited to, surveillance, detection, tracking, interception, employing rules of engagement, force generation, counterdrug operations, attack warning, attack assessment, counter cruise mis-sile operations and CONPLAN implementation. Two AW exercises are scheduled each year.

NORAD, composed of US and Canadian forces, prepares and practices through continuous training and a realistic exercise program. The biggest of these exercises is Amalgam Warrior, which is held twice annually -- once in the fall for the East Coast and in the spring for the West Coast. The five-day Amalgam Warrior 96-1 concluded on Oct. 20, and put Americans and Canadians through their paces, challenging forces in the areas that coincide with NORAD's missions. The exercise was conducted in real time with a fictitious world political scenario, which prompts NORAD forces to transition from a peacetime posture to a war-fighting stance. The threat escalates from tracking unknown aircraft, which have incorrectly filed their flight plans or wandered off course, and in-flight emergencies to terrorist aircraft attacks and large-scale bomber strike missions.

Code names and descriptions of CPX vs. FTX - CinCNORAD JCS AMALGAM exercises

Neither of the below count as "official sources" for this information, so they should not be taken as such; that doesn't mean that they aren't accurate, but I haven't been able to verify the accuracy or inaccuracy of the information from an official (government) source. Nonetheless, when taken in combination with the budget screenshots, it seems to be a pretty good bet that AMALGAM indeed signifies a NORAD HQ exercise.
(4) Assignment of first-word exercise terms identifies the using agency
(see figure 2).

4 NR 11-3 25 August 1989

ORGANIZATION FIRST WORD
HQ NORAD AMALGAM or VIGILANT
ALASKAN NORAD REGION (ANR) FENCING
CONUS NORAD REGION FALCON
CONUS SOUTHEAST SECTOR FEDERAL
CONUS SOUTHWEST SECTOR FALLING
CONUS NORTHEAST SECTOR FERTILE
CONUS NORTHWEST SECTOR FELIX
CANADIAN NORAD REGION FABRIC
CANADIAN NORAD SECTOR EAST FACTOR
CANADIAN NORAD SECTOR WEST FACULTY
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE BASE AMAZON


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