• 2020-07-01

    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.

  • 2020-06-29

    Tehran Prosecutor General Ali Alqasi-Mehr has said that 36 individuals have been identified in connection with the U.S. assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani. “36 individuals who cooperated, collaborated, and participated in the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including political and military authorities of the U.S. and other countries, have been identified,” Alqasi-Mehr said on Monday, according to ISNA. Their arrest warrant has been issued and announced to Interpol, he added. 

  • 2020-06-27

    It’s looking like a long, hot summer, as tensions increase between Washington and Tehran, US elections approach, and the “maximum pressure” exercised by the US escalates. After Syria, it is Lebanon’s turn. The country’s financial failure has reached the point of no return. The US is trying to attribute the consequences of the severe economic situation to Hezbollah, the strongest of Iran’s allies even if US officials claim otherwise. However, Iran and its ally have resolved that the Lebanese society to which Hezbollah belongs will not be bullied or pushed into famine. No one should be surprised to see Iranian ships docking at Latakia harbour to supply Lebanon with much needed food, energy and medical supplies. 

  • 2020-06-24

    With Iran's influence growing and Russia making inroads even with once staunch U.S. allies like Saudi Arabia it seems that real U.S. influence in the Middle East is on a decisive downturn. Whatever Pompous Pompeo says or tweets will not change that. But there's a sucker born every minute. Some of those may still fall for the stuff he says.


  • 2020-06-18

    Iran’s naval forces have successfully tested new-generation cruise missiles — designed and developed by experts at home — during military drills in the Sea of Oman and the northern Indian Ocean.

  • 2020-05-29

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called on countries to deny overflight rights to Mahan Air, an Iranian airline under U.S. sanctions, which he said recently delivered cargoes of “unknown support” to the Venezuelan government. 

  • 2020-05-26

    While the world waited for military conflict, on Saturday night after 7 pm local time, the first supertanker entered Venezuelan waters and is currently being escorted by the Bolivarian Republics’ military to port. The US did not intercept the tanker. […] While the victory of Iran and Venezuela is significant, it does not end the US economic war against the two countries. The US is persistent in its foreign policy goals and both countries need to be prepared for US escalation as a result of the Iranian supertankers going to Venezuela. Both countries cherish their independence and sovereignty. They will not give in. And they are building international solidarity. We in the US must demand that our government cease its hostilities and become a cooperative member of that global community.

  • 2020-05-22

    The Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) urges Donald Trump to avoid the slippery slope toward armed conflict as an Iranian oil tanker nears Venezuela on Sunday.

  • 2020-05-22

    The Israeli authorities reportedly took Iran's cyber attack on its water systems very seriously, retaliating quickly and warning Tehran of its capabilities.

  • 2020-05-20

    The April cyberattack on Israel’s water system and a May attack on an Iranian port might be the opening salvoes of a cyber war between Israel and Iran.