WARNING ORDER [WARNORD] aka. ‘WARNO’
TO: ALL parties and AmRRON members
FR: John Jacob Schmidt (AmRRON National)
DTG: 20210517 2000Z
SUBJ: WARNO for T-REX 21 radio operators and prepareness groups and personnel
SITUATION – OVERVIEW:
Simulated nationwide cyber attack and scenario-based, grid-down disaster training
exercise, with special emphasis on non-conventional emergency communications.
Although the event is sponsored by AmRRON, all other interested parties are free
to train along with the exercise scenario.
When: Friday through Sunday, August 6th, 7th, and 8th.
ENEMY: Unknown. However, intelligence leading up to the
exercise indicates a nation-state actor with advanced, sophisticated cyber warfare
FRIENDLY FORCES: AmRRON Radio Networks; various emergency
communications networks; local and/or state government and non-government entities,
disaster response services.
MISSION: Conduct local, regional, and national nets to ascertain the size, scope,
and effects of the (simulated) cyber attack.
Simulate coordinating relief efforts and providing public information services for the
operator’s community. Simulate and demonstrate support to community leadership in response
to various emergency and relief efforts (churches, mutual aid groups, other logistical and/or
EXECUTION INTENT: Pre-developed scenario, with timeline, will be implemented by AmRRON, with ‘Initiating Stations’
injecting previously-distributed traffic into the net.
Each individual station is expected to develop a STATREP or SITREP, and be prepared to pass
that information to the net when requested by NCS.
Consolidated information, news, and intelligence will be distributed to the network from AmRRON
National and other pre-coordinated stations, to provide aggregate information to the network.
Using tools, such as the AmRRON Signals Operating Instructions, and best practices, non-conventional communications will be used to share participants’ status, relay intelligence, and
receive information distributed to and through the network, using voice and digital communications
software, programs, and tools.
Leading up to the exercise, pre-mission ‘Public Information Releases’ will be posted at AmRRON.com
and over the radio during nets.
Additional guidance will be produced and posted via:
- AmRRON Mobile Team App
- AmRRON Corps communications tools such as the Z-Net and the AmRRON Corps Forum.
News and alerts will be released leading up to the exercise, culminating in a nationwide loss of
grid power, all telecommunications, and commercial transportation on Friday, August 6th.
NCSs on the air to begin receiving County STATREPs. All AmRRON operators on the air to assist.
Exercise will terminate on Sunday, August 8th, at a time to be determined.
Additional Execution Intent will follow as Annexes to the coming OPORD.
SERVICE AND SUPPORT
No specific details at this time. Radio operators are expected to be self-sufficient, with no
outside logistical support.
COMMAND AND SIGNAL
To be developed, announced, and released in the full OPORD (Operations Order) and Annexes to
appropriate parties prior to the exercise.
The Signals Operating Instructions will be emphasized during the exercise.