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The simex is meant to test commanders also, to make sure that their war machine is operating as it should.
He wanted to get it out of the way early so that he could plan for the surprises he knows the simex guys are concocting.
They are awaiting the kickoff of the first big event of Operation Vigilant Guardian, the annual simulated exercise, or “simex,” run by North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD, which oversees NEADS.
Clearly, he thinks, the simex is kicking off with a lively, unexpected twist.
This “real-world” mixed in with today’s simex will keep them on their toes.