In Major US Wargame, Tehran Defeats Washington

October 24th, 2023 - by PressTV

2022 Report: Iran Defeats US in
Costliest Wargame in American History

MOSCOW (May 22, 2022) — The US was heavily defeated in a wargame the Pentagon designed two decades ago to simulate what a war with Iran would be like, online international affairs website 19FortyFive, a bipartisan US defense, national security, and military-focused publication, has reported.

The wargame, dubbed Millennium Challenge 2002, was a congressionally-mandated exercise that pitted the Blue Force, the US military, against the Red Force, the Iranian Army, in a time frame set five years in the future.

The warfare involved both live exercises and computer simulations, which cost approximately $250 million, and was comprised of 13,500 service members participating from 17 different simulation locations across several training sites.

The drills were conducted in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks when the administration of former US President George W. Bush was implementing its doctrine of preemption, meaning the US could launch an offensive on an enemy before being attacked.

With this in mind, the Red Force’s leader Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper decided to begin the wargame by “preempting the preempter” as the US suspected his military forces would wait to be attacked first before it responded with a counterattack.

Once US forces were within range, Van Riper’s forces were reported to have unleashed a barrage of missiles from ground-based launchers, commercial ships, and planes flying low and without radio communications to reduce their radar signature.

Simultaneously, swarms of speedboats loaded with explosives launched kamikaze attacks. The US carrier battle group’s Aegis radar system — which tracks and attempts to intercept incoming missiles — was quickly overwhelmed, and 19 US ships were sunk, including the carrier, several cruisers, and five amphibious ships.

“The whole thing was over in five, maybe ten minutes,” Van Riper said.

The Red Force also used unconventional communication methods that could not be detected and intercepted by the Blue team’s advanced technology

Van Riper’s Force, as The Guardian described, “gave a signal — not in a radio transmission that might have been intercepted, but in a coded message broadcast from the minarets of mosques at the call to prayer. The seemingly harmless pleasure craft and propeller planes suddenly turned deadly, ramming into Blue boats and airfields along the Persian Gulf.”

The commander also used motorcycle runners to pass orders to subordinates, whose messages could not be intercepted by US aircraft.

The Blue Force assumed “Iran” would use the modes of communication that would allow them to listen and ambush their enemy, but Van Riper’s asymmetric assault made this tactic impossible.

Commenting on the drills, war experts said the costliest wargame in America’s history did not play out exactly how the Pentagon had hoped, adding, while obtaining advanced technology and sophisticated weaponry is a crucial component in war, it won’t necessarily guarantee a win.

Earlier in the year, American weekly magazine The New Yorker said US President Joe Biden and his administration face an Iran that is much better armed and more influential than at any other time in its modern history.

“Iran is now one of the world’s top missile producers. Its arsenal is the largest and most diverse in the Middle East,” the publication said, citing a Defense Intelligence Agency report.

“Iran can fire more missiles than its adversaries — including the United States and Israel — can shoot down or destroy. Tehran has achieved … ‘overmatch’ — a level of capability in which a country has weaponry that makes it extremely difficult to check or defeat,” it added.

Iran Much Better Armed, More Influential
Than at Any Time in Modern History


MOSCOW (January 1, 2022) — The current occupant of the White House and his administration face an Iran that is much better armed and more influential than at any other time in its modern history, American weekly magazine The New Yorker says.

According to the publication, the entire US presidents have failed to contain Iran’s political influence and military leverage in the West Asia region and that military action frequently floated by US President Joe Biden and his predecessors is no longer an “attractive or effective long-term option.”

General Frank McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, has previously analyzed how a conflict with Iran might play out. “If they attack out of the blue, it would be a bloody war,” it quoted McKenzie as telling him.

Pointing to lessons learned by the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq, the magazine said a full-scale military campaign by the US would almost certainly trigger a regional war on multiple fronts….

“Iran’s strategic capacity is now enormous. They’ve got overmatch in the theater — the ability to overwhelm,” it further quoted McKenzie as saying.

According to the magazine, Iran now has the largest known underground complexes in the Middle East housing missile programs.

“Most of the tunnels are in the west, facing Israel, or on the southern coast, across from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf sheikhdoms,” it said, referring to Iran’s “missile cities”.

The Islamic Republic has thousands of ballistic missiles, according to US intelligence assessments.

“They can reach as far as 1,300 miles in any direction — deep into India and China to the east; high into Russia to the north; to Greece and other parts of Europe to the west; and as far south as Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa. About a hundred missiles could reach Israel,” The New Yorker said.

“Iran also has hundreds of cruise missiles that can be fired from land or ships, fly at low altitude, and attack from multiple directions. They are harder for radar or satellites to detect, because, unlike ballistic missiles, their motors do not burn brightly on ignition. Cruise missiles have altered the balance of power across the Persian Gulf,” it said.

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