Skooter reporting 02/25/12
U.S. sea and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf is strengthened to offset any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon officials said.
Congress has been informed by the U.S. military of plans to position in advance new mine-detection and clearing equipment and increase surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials. What’s more, the defense officials said that the military also wants to immediately adapt weapon systems on ships to be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, on top of shore-launched missiles.
The military Central Command leads the readiness push which keeps an eye on U.S. forces in the Gulf region, these officials said. It shows the degree to which war strategists are taking concrete steps to prepare for a possible conflict with Iran, even as top White House and defense leaders try to discourage talk of war and highlight other options.
The modifications points up on what officials have pulled out as potential U.S. inadequacies in the event of conflict with Iran. After reviews by war planners, the head of Central Command, Marine Gen. James Mattis, asked for the equipment upgrades last spring and uncovered "gaps" in U.S. defense capabilities and military preparedness should Tehran close the Strait of Hormuz, officials said.
The Central Command assessment, in particular, have spiked up apprehensions about the U.S. military's ability to react swiftly in the event Iran mine the strait, through which nearly 20% of the world's traded oil passes.
Source: Foxnews/Wall Street Journal