This summer, the U.S. military is planning an unprecedented training exercise, happening across seven states on private lands and towns in the Southwest. The Jade Helm 15 operation is making many residents feel uneasy. Speculation about why the military wants to train in American communities instead of on military bases is fueling a growing number of theories across the Internet and social media. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has even asked his National Guard to monitor it. So what is Jade Helm 15?

According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, it’s “realistic military training” taking place simultaneously in seven states from Southern California to Texas. Over eight weeks, America’s elite Special Forces will practice “unconventional warfare” by practicing operating outside their normal support systems, adapting to new terrain, and working with civilians to gain their trust. FULL REPORT