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Fake Nations

The creation of fictional nations for the sake of training exercises is not a new thing. For my Command exercise scenarios, I have gone one step further from simple “REDFOR” and made several fictional countries, with interesting results. Suffolkistan From: SEAL Submarine Exercise. Suffolkistan is a fictional designation for the real area of Suffolk County, […]

The Rules of The Game

Andrew Gordon’s The Rules Of The Game used to be my favorite history book of all time. Now, I view as history let down by bias. The large volume is still a magisterial history of the Battle of Jutland and the development of the Royal Navy in the 1800s. It covers the battle itself, and […]

My opponents

I’ve looked at my community-submitted scenarios and took a look at who the sides opposing the player were. They were pretty-diverse. Albania Airstrike (Albania) Yellow Sea Patrol (China) The Migrant War (Oman) Chilean Chevauchee (Peru) Ancient Armies, Modern Weapons (Ptolemaic Kingdom) Great Asian War: Southwestern Front (Vietnam/Cambodia) Regaining Honor (US) A Day At Red Flag […]

When You’re Dealt An Impossible Hand

The cargo function released as part of Chains of War has given me an idea for a highly dubious air and helicopter assault scenario, one that I’ve nicknamed “Operation Superstore Garden”. This plan involves putting almost every air-qualified NATO soldier into almost every transport, and then unleashing them in a drop near the [East] German/Polish […]

SAM Site Designations

Came across this great post by Gervasius over on Yooper’s amazing Lets Play thread. –The Management Mention “double-digit SAMs” to any combat aircraft driver and watch them sweat. Basically, everything from SA-10 upwards is really dangerous. Some can be evaded by flying high (SA-13, SA-14, SA-16, SA-18), flying low doesn’t work anymore. Also, I’m using […]

The Broken Staff-The (In)Effectiveness of Militia

The United States has always had a ‘militia legend’, one that has affected certain thinking for a while now. The romance of the citizen picking up his rifle and going off holds sway in er…. certain corners. So I figured that an examination is in order. The topic is a fascinating one. The Original Militia […]

Seventy Years of OPFOR

The Many OPFOR Nations The asymmetric OPFOR has been haunting the training grounds of the US Army for seventy years now, beginning shortly after World War II. Having an inherently dissimilar force is effective at training an army to face an opponent that looks, moves, and fights differently. OPFORs have run the gamut from overly […]