Document: Jade Helm Commander Plans to “Operationalize The CONUS Base”

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By: Daniel Taylor

Special Ops Command seeks to “Operationalize” the homeland; “…informationally aware, smartphone‐enabled urban populations and their satisfaction—or lack of satisfaction—with local, regional, and even global conditions…” presents challenge to military.

Is Jade Helm part of the plan to “Operationalize the CONUS base”?

Recent military exercises across the country have stirred concern among American citizens rightly concerned about expanding federal power. Rasmussen reports that 45% of voters are concerned that the government “…will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states…”

One of the largest military exercises to ever be conducted on United States soil is set to begin this July. Titled “Jade Helm” the exercise seeks to “Master the human domain”. has documented the significance of the “Master the human domain” motto of Jade Helm. The military is seeking to gain a full spectrum picture of the everyday lives of their adversaries. This information is used to create threat matrix data on key populations.

Lt. General Charles Cleveland, the Commander of Special Operations, is directing the exercise. Operations Planner and retired Green Beret Thomas Mead confirmed this fact during a Q&A at the Brazos County Commissioners Court in Texas.

specops2022General Cleveland penned a strategy document in September of 2014 titled “ARSOF Operating Concept 2022“. The strategy outlined in the document seeks to establish a world-wide network of military influence to gather intelligence on key populations and contain non-state actors, “empowered individuals”, militias, and other “irregular” threats. The document emphasizes the global nature of the threat, noting that the conflict will effectively erase borders.

Cleveland sees an unstable world in the future that will require a capable military force. Cleveland notes the “…major global social, political, informational, and economic trends underway and the converging competition between nation‐states and nonstate actors.”

Cleveland continues, stating that the battlespace of the future will occur in urban terrain, “These forces are intertwined and compete for relative superiority over the physical, cognitive, and moral security and adequate governance of key populations—a competition that will increasingly occur in militarily significant urban terrain.”

In this “Multi-polar world” non-state actors with access to the internet and other communications will be able to influence each other around the globe. The 2022 document elaborates, “The significant difference will be the greater ability of nonstate actors to defend themselves, and to influence or attack other populations…”

In order to counter threats from these groups, Special Operations will utilize various technologies including; Electronic warfare, directed energy, space, robotics, Unmanned vehicles, and low-visibility stealth technologies.

“Operationalize the CONUS base”

Perhaps the most sensational portion of the document comes from the statement that Special Operations wants to “Operationalize the CONUS base“, meaning Continental United States. General Cleveland’s strategy is to utilize civilian assets to support deployed soldiers. The plan seeks to utilize non-governmental agencies, think tanks, academia, and other U.S. government agencies to support Special Operations goal of containing the threat of VEO’s (Violent Extremist Organizations), non-state actors, and other irregular threats.

The plan seeks to create a system to marshal civilian expertise to complete the mission of “enhancing” a host nations governance, stability, security, and rule of law. Under a section titled “Military Support to Governance” the document states:

“Given the U.S. military’s assigned responsibilities in the areas of stability and governance, future joint formations must address shared interests and enhance host nation governance, security, economic development, and the rule of law. Doing so necessitates a system to procure, classify, marshal, and employ the appropriate civilian expertise to support or lead execution of stability tasks aligned with national security objectives.”

This aspect of the Special Operations plan as it relates to the Jade Helm exercise raises highly concerning questions. The fact that conservative areas of the United States are listed as “Hostile” in the Jade Helm map should be concerning to citizens. General Cleveland’s strategy is clearly global in nature, and clearly states that the conflict has effectively erased borders, leaving the option of domestic operations on the table.

The language of the 2022 document is very similar to an Atlantic Council article published last year which warned of the decline of the “New world order” as non-state actors and empowered individuals threaten to destabilize the globe. The Atlantic Council is a Washington D.C. based think tank that has ties to highly influential policy makers. The 2014 piece, written by “shock and awe” doctrine author Harlan K. Ullman, laments the fact that George H.W. Bush’s dream of a “new world order” is failing. Ullman says that the State is being “…made obsolete by the empowerment of individuals and non-state actors.” Ullman states that an “extraordinary crisis” is needed to counteract this trend.


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