Friday, July 27, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 07/27/2012

LastDayWatchers consider what the May 15th Prophecy told you in The Fall "The Decline in the military advantage of Israel,United States and Britain in the middle east and throughout the world."

Iran bolsters retaliation capability in Persian Gulf, experts say

"Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines, U.S. and Middle Eastern analysts say.

The new systems, many of them developed with foreign assistance, are giving Iran’s commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt, the officials say.

Although U.S. Navy officials are convinced that they would prevail in a fight, Iran’s advances have fueled concerns about U.S. vulnerabilities during the opening hours of a conflict in the gulf.

Increasingly accurate short-range missiles — combined with Iran’s use of “swarm” tactics involving hundreds of heavily armed patrol boats — could strain the defensive capabilities of even the most modern U.S. ships, current and former military analysts say.

Iranian leaders could decide to launch a limited strike if Israel or the United States bombed the country’s nuclear facilities. Analysts also cautioned that a conflict could be sparked by an Iranian attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow passage through which about 20 percent of the world’s oil passes from the Persian Gulf into open seas — in retaliation for international economic sanctions.

In either scenario, Iran’s ability to inflict significant damage is substantially greater than it was a decade ago. A Pentagon study in April warned that Iran had made gains in the “lethality and effectiveness” of its arsenal.

The Pentagon declined to comment for this article.

Iran’s increased power to retaliate has led some military experts to question the wisdom of deploying aircraft carriers and other expensive warships to the gulf if a conflict appears imminent.

Since 2009, analysts say, Iran has added defensive and offensive capabilities. Some of them have been on display in recent months in a succession of military drills, including a missile exercise in early July dubbed Great Prophet 7. The exercise included a demonstration of Iran’s newly deployed Khalid Farzh anti-ship missile, which has an internal guidance system, a powerful 1,400-pound warhead and a range of 180 miles.

“If the U.S. chooses to station warships in the Strait of Hormuz during the buildup to conflict, it cedes the decision of when to fight and allows the fight to begin in the most advantageous place for Iran,” wrote the study’s author, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Colin Boynton. “This could lead to a devastating first salvo on U.S. Navy warships, which would most likely be operating under restrictive rules of engagement.”

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Names of the Dead

"The Department of Defense has identified 2,043 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:

HORSLEY, Justin L., 21, Specialist, Army; Palm Bay, Fla.; 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

SALAZAR, Brenden N., 20, Pfc., Army; Chuluota, Fla.; 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

ROSS, Adam C., 19, Pfc., Army; Lyman, S.C.; 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

HANSEN, Justin M., 26, Sgt., Marines; Traverse City, Mich.; Second Marine Special Operations Battalion."

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