This issue of Red Diamond features a variety of articles focused on Iran. While our readers typically expect a tactical-level focus from our articles, this issue expands that context to a more strategic level as a result of real-time events at the time of production, and the expertise of our featured guest authors. Understanding why Iran behaves the way it does will facilitate faithful emulation of Iranian analogs in training scenario development and execution.
Of particular interest are feature articles by renowned Iranian subject matter experts Joseph Fallon and Michael Rubin. Joseph Fallon, currently at the think tank UK Defence Forum, places Iranian foreign policy in historical context, arguing that the present Iranian regime’s actions are consistent with the objectives of its predecessors—preservation of the regime by protecting independence and securing territorial integrity. Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute explores the complexities of Iran-Iraq relations. He argues that Iranian interest in dominating its Western neighbor will never disappear, for myriad cultural, economic, and strategic reasons. Iran’s ability to exert influence is only thwarted by continued Western commitment to ensuring Iraqi independence.
Jerry England explores how Iran’s historically competing armed forces are becoming increasingly expeditionary and retaliatory, and improving their ability to coordinate their efforts. He highlights diverse Iranian capabilities and techniques, ranging from ballistic missiles to cyber-attack. Kevin Freese provides an overview of Iranian space programs, analyzing Iran’s ability to support military operations through space and counter-space endeavors. Brad Marvel provides a sneak preview of TRADOC G2’s upcoming Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 7-100.4, Iranian Tactics, planned for release in 2021. Finally, this issue provides a status report on updated entries within TRADOC G2’s Worldwide Equipment Guide.