For the past several weeks, thousands of troops have been waging an invisible war centered around Fort Bragg.
And none of them have fired a shot.
The warfighting exercise currently underway — the training is set to end Wednesday — involves conventional, special operations and foreign forces operating in a largely virtual environment.
Headquarters of the 18th Airborne Corps, 1st Special Forces Command, 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 4th Infantry Division and the British Army’s 3rd U.K. Division have deployed to training areas to simulate austere environments at or near the front lines of a massive conflict against a near-peer threat.
Warfighting exercises are common across the U.S. Army, often used to validate the training of a division or corps command. But officials said this iteration — which takes place mostly at Fort Bragg but also involves troops at Hurlburt Field, Florida; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Carson, Colorado — is the first of its kind.