Orange Flag brings test data to warfighter

Issue: 10 / 2020

Units from across the country converged at Edwards Air Force Base in September this year to execute the multi-domain, large force test series exercise known as Orange Flag. The latest feat involved a dramatic change in how test professionals engage with test data. Orange Flag is an exercise born from a need to maximise resources across the domains of air, land, sea, space and cyber to include joint and coalition forces. The exercise aims to bring test as close as possible to the warfighter through combat relevant testing early in the development cycle. This iteration of the exercise integrated five land units, space and cyber capabilities as well as over 40 aircraft. The test activities spanned over 40,000 square miles of California and Nevada test ranges. The next Orange Flag exercise is scheduled for February 2021.