Jade Helm 15 - Military Exercise Or More?

Many are just hearing about Jade Helm 15, a military training exercise taking place throughout 7 states.  The exercise is scheduled to run from July 15 through September 15.  It is being described as one of the largest military training exercises to date, with the Army saying, "the size and scope of Jade Helm sets this one apart."

The training will take place in these 7 states: California, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Nevada.  Approximately 1200 troops will be used, including Army Green Berets and Navy Seals.   

The Jade Helm 15 fact sheet found on Congressman Blake Farenthold’s website states that “Jade Helm 15 is an interagency training exercise in unconventional warfare that will be led by US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) with Special Operations Forces from all four services.”

The fact sheet lists the “unconventional warfare” as “a broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations, normally of long duration, predominately conducted through, with, or by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported, and directed in varying degrees by an external source.  It includes, but is not limited to, guerrilla warfare, subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities, and unconventional assisted recovery”.

According to a recent Inquisitr article, “The goal of the routine training mission is to simulate U.S. Special Forces helping resistance fighters restore democracy in an imaginary country.”

Not everyone is convinced that Jade Helm 15 is a benign training exercise, including Chuck Norris and Texas officials.  The concern grew so large that Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard to monitor the federal troops while they are training in Texas.

The Jade Helm fact sheet compares the operation to a similar operation in which “special forces candidates not only conduct training missions, including assaults and key-leader engagements, but they also live, eat and sleep in those civilian areas.:

What set the internet ablaze with theories and concerns was that several of the states involved were labeled as “hostile” and would be brimming with special forces and troops.  The “hostile” states are Texas, Utah, and a portion of Southern California.  The conspiracy theorists are quick to point out that all the states and counties labeled as “hostile” happen to be deeply Republican and conservative.  Other states fall into the categories of permissive, uncertain (leaning friendly), and uncertain (leaning unfriendly).

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The theories range from President Obama enacting martial law to a full scale invasion and disarming of citizens.  Broadcaster Rick Wiles believes that Jade Helm 15 “is intended to get the American public accustomed to seeing troops and tanks on the streets and helicopters landing in cities.”

Even the Jade Helm fact sheet admits, “While many exercise activities will take place on military installations, private land, and in remote areas, it is also possible that communities could see a noticeable military presence including service members and military equipment.  Much of this temporary, increased presence will consist of exercise planners, evaluators, and role players that are critical to the success and logistics of the exercise.”

In an effort to ease concerns, it also states that “we must remember that our military has conducted unconventional warfare exercises like Jade Helm for over 40 years.  Countless special operators owe their skill, and possibly their lives, to these critical training opportunities.”

What do you think? Do you think this is just a military exercise? Or is it cause for suspicion?