Thursday, January 19, 2012


While the Guitars of War amp up the overdrive for doing Persia - Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) delivers the hot PDF ing climax for Velayat E 90 - Preacher Command's tactical and strategic MO for keeping Great Satan at arms length and closing up Hormuz Strait tighter than school girl night at Hooter's.

"Outside-In: Operating from Range to Defeat Iran’s Anti-Access and Area-Denial Threats"

Iran has had ample opportunity over the last twenty years to examine the  “American way of war” and to deduce that allowing the United States and  its allies to mass overwhelming combat power on its borders is a prescription for defeat.

Therefore, Iran is pursuing measures to deny the U.S. military access to close-in basing and make traditional U.S. power-projection operations in the Persian Gulf possible only at a prohibitive cost.

Oh snap! Check this bit 'bout getting Hormuz re opened:

Joint Amphibbin'

Two Marine Expeditionary Brigades (MEBs), supported by SOF [special operations forces] and possibly Army airborne and air assault units, could seize and hold a lodgment at a time and location of Central Command’s choosing. An objective area for an amphibious landing should be located where enemy A2/AD [Anti-access/area-denial] threats have been suppressed, and may not be in proximity to “existing ports, airfields, and logistics infrastructure.”

Immediately after landing, SOF, Marine Corps, and Army forces would concentrate their efforts on expanding their operating perimeter and preventing the enemy from closing within range to use G-RAMM [Guided-rockets, artillery, mortars, missiles] weapons. Non-lethal capabilities and mobile high-energy laser weapons could help deny hostile forces access to key areas and create a defensive “barrier” against G-RAMM attacks.

U.S. forces could then use this secure lodgment as a jumping off point for follow-on assaults up the coastline of Iran to clear areas that could be used by the enemy to launch attacks against vessels in the Gulf of Oman and Strait of Hormuz, including vulnerable U.S. MCM [Mine countermeasures] forces.
Throughout a theater-entry operation, Air Force and Navy surveillance and strike aircraft, along with Army ATACMS [Army Tactical Missile System ] stationed in the UAE or Oman, if available, could help suppress Iran’s long-range ballistic missile and ASCM [Anti-ship cruise missile] threats, provide close air support to expeditionary forces, and prevent enemy ground forces from massing to execute counterattacks.

Seizing Islands at Strategic Locations.

In addition to creating lodgments on the Iranian coast, islands just inside the Gulf—including Abu-Musa, Sirri, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb—should be targeted by precision strikes and occupied by U.S. expeditionary forces as required. If permitted to remain under the command of the IRGCN [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy], these islands could be staging locations for operations to re-seed minefields and harass U.S. forces and civilian shipping transiting the Strait.

Clearing the Path in to the Persian Gulf.

Completing mine clearing operations would likely be a key task for Littoral Combat Ships equipped with MCM modules, UUVs [Unmanned underwater vehicles], rotary wing aircraft, and supporting sensors. To prevent Iran from regenerating its maritime exclusion defenses, U.S. air forces would need to continue attacks against known mine storage and distribution sites, and destroy or suppress small craft, helicopters, submarines, and enemy “commercial” vessels capable of dispensing mines.

Although it is unknown to what extent Iran will expand its inventory of smart mines in the future, history has shown that even a small number of mines placed in shipping lanes “have been able to halt surface traffic when their presence was known.” Moreover, as mine countermeasure operations in 1991 and 2003 suggest, clearing large areas in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf of mines could require a month or even longer.

Pic - "Given the likely fallout from even a limited militarystrike, the question the United States should ask itself is, Why not take thenext step? After all, Iran's nuclear program is a symptom of a larger illness-- the revolutionary fundamentalist regime in Tehran."


Schenck said...

Strange that it doesn't include an analysis of Iran's proxies (of /course/ the US will wipe them out inside of Iran). While all this is going on things in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria are gonna go to shit. Have to wonder if the Iranians will reveal any capabilities in the Arabian Penn too.

And, btw, nonlethal weapons? WTF? In the middle of a war, directed to enemy troops? Unless they're talking about constant soaking of an area with super-noxious 'tear' gas, which might work well to deny access to an area ( course napalm'd do the same).

You really have to wonder at what's going thru the Iranian command's minds right now, they KNOW they don't stand a chance at defeating us, and these guys actually beleive that we're the devil's force on earth, which would make it a pretty damned nasty war. (OTOH, maybe they feel that victory is assured because god's literally on their side)

Anonymous said...

,) good/in depth sexy