Via Raw Story:
With operations in Afghanistan ending in 2014, the United States Air Force is turning its eye toward preparing its pilots for battle against enemies with sophisticated air combat capabilities. Could this be another indication that the United States is gearing up for war with Iran or North Korea?
In day and night time battles, they faced off against US pilots flying F-15 and F-16 fighter jets painted in camouflage resembling the patterns on Russian warplanes.
The red team pilots are part of dedicated “aggressor” squadrons that work full-time at emulating tactics of potential enemies, based on the latest intelligence analysis from spy agencies.
Commanders are also increasingly adding simulated underground targets to red flag scenarios, officials said, training pilots on techniques that might be required if the United States moves to take out buried nuclear sites in North Korea or Iran.
“Underground targets are becoming more of a factor, especially with Iran, North Korea scenarios,” Thompson said.