China’s expanding global activities in some of the areas listed above present military force posture, access, training, and logistics implications for the United States and China. The PLA’s first overseas military base in Djibouti and probable follow-on bases will increase China’s ability to deter use of conventional military force, sustain operations abroad, and hold strategic economic corridors at risk. The PLA’s expanding global capabilities provide military options to observe or complicate adversary activities in the event of a conflict. (p. 4)
Just a few days before Christmas I got a game that I had bought for myself – Persian Incursion. The game is touted as an Admiralty Trilogy Game though the rules are stand-alone. You don’t need another game, like Harpoon 4, to play though if you have experience with that system you will certainly catch on to the combat game quicker.
I am still working my way through the game which is actually two games in one; a political game and a combat game. Like the real world it works better if you plan out strike packages ahead of time and then have the plans “on-the-shelf” and ready to go. That is the part I am working on right now.
For background on the situation and Isreali and Iranian forces see this briefing presented at Historicon 2010.
One aspect of the confrontation between Israel and Iran that is not covered in this game is Stuxnet. For a very insightful analysis of what Stuxnet may have been and what it likely did to the Iranian nuclear program see this Institute for Science and International Security analysis. Goes to show you that no matter how hard wargame designers try, reality has a nasty habit of ruining the best of planning and analysis.
(AP Photo) This photo released on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, by the Iranian Defense Ministry, claims to show a Bavar-2, or Confidence-2, radar-evading flying boat. Iran’s state TV says the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard has received its first three squadrons of radar-evading flying boats.
Radar evading? Really? Look at that nice FLAT and SQUARE radiator for the engine. Maybe radar evading if you can count on low and slow.
A net search will reveal that this is probably the same “flying boat” shown testing in 2006. At that time they advertised that it would be armed; a claim similar to those made today.