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:
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
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."