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lord patch
09-24-2007, 03:24 PM
Checkmate" a new US plan for Iran strike

al manar tv news

تاريخ الطباعة: 24/09/2007

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The United States Air Force has set up a highly confidential strategic planning group tasked with “fighting the next war” as tensions rise with Iran. Project Checkmate, a successor to the group that planned the 1991 Gulf War’s air campaign, was quietly reestablished at the Pentagon in June, according to the Sunday Times.
In a report published Sunday, the Times said that the task group reports directly to General Michael Moseley, the US Air Force chief, and consists of 20-30 top air force officers and defense and cyberspace experts with ready access to the White House, the CIA and other intelligence agencies.

Checkmate’s job is to add a dash of brilliance to Air Force thinking by countering the military’s tendency to “fight the last war” and by providing innovative strategies for warfighting and assessing future needs for air, space and cyberwarfare. It is led by Brigadier-General Lawrence “Stutz” Stutzriem, who is considered one of the brightest air force generals. He is assisted by Dr Lani Kass, a former Israeli military officer and expert on cyberwarfare.

Iran’s nuclear program which Tehran says is peaceful, is giving rise to an intense debate about the likelihood of military strikes. France has joined America in pushing for a tough third sanctions resolution against Iran at the UN Security Council but is meeting strong resistance from China and Russia. Although Britain has been taking a less aggressive stance towards Iran, it is increasingly likely that new sanctions will be implemented by a so call "US-led coalition of the willing”. Bush still hopes to isolate Iran diplomatically, but believes the regime is moving steadily closer to obtaining nuclear weapons while the Security Council bickers.

The US president faces strong opposition to military action, however, within his own joint chiefs of staff. “None of them think it is a good idea, but they will do it if they are told to,” said a senior defense source.

Checkmate’s freethinking mission is “to provide planning inputs to warfighters that are strategically, operationally and tactically sound, logistically supportable and politically feasible”. Its remit is not specific to one country, according to defense sources, but its forward planning is thought relevant to any future air war against Iranian nuclear and military sites. It is also looking at possible threats from China and North Korea.







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09-24-2007, 03:34 PM
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