Yes, we Can!
In DESERT STORM, we talked about how many aircraft sorties it took per target to achieve our objectives. In ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan), we are talking about how many target objectives we can achieve per sortie.
US Navy Carrier Air Wing Commander briefing his peers in 2002
Israel can do a little to set back Iran’s nuclear programs. The US can do a lot.
In the last installment of our examination of options versus Iran, we looked at the “reverse” option: setting Iran’s programs back by some amount of time. Israel, given her various operational constraints, would be capable of setting Iran back by at least six months, and probably more (my assessment: a minimum of 12 months). She could do this by attacking at least two, but fewer than 10, key target complexes.
US forces, by contrast, have the ability to inflict much greater damage in the service of a “reverse” option objective. The most important factor in this from any standpoint is that the US is able to establish air superiority over Iran, and perform continuous strikes in sequence, at dozens of target complexes, and over a period of days or weeks. Continue reading “Hit ’em Hard III”