Following the Fall of Beacon, General Ironwood contemplated his mistakes when his technology was hacked. Without Ozpin to guide him, James had to trust his own judgement on how to stop Salem, and decided to use a new approach to fight her.
With this in mind, Ironwood informed Penny and Winter , as well as the Ace-Ops, about Salem, planning to restore global communications by replacing the CCTS by using Amity Colosseum as a satellite and tell the world about Salem as well as to protect the Relics. Additionally, the group decided to make it so that Winter would replace Fria as the next Winter Maiden.
After the Ace-Ops team captured Team RWBY, Team JNPR, Qrow Branwen, and Oscar Pine in the city of Mantle, Ironwood apologized for the misunderstanding between the groups. He went on to explain to the group about his group's formation, under the belief they need to trust one another in other to defeat Salem, informing them of his plans.
Ironwood's Group was aware someone was staging fake Atlesian attacks over notable people who was against Ironwood in Mantle, including Forest. To combat this, James sent Clover Ebi to track down the killer who was behind this. They also sent Marrow Amin and Penny to Robyn Hill's election party in case something went awry. They later discovered Tyrian Callows was behind the massacre at the party. Due to the massacre, the Happy Huntresses began to block Mantle's resources from reaching Atlas, thus outright halting the Amity project. The group was later invited to a ball at the Schnee Manor by Jacques Schnee.