The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock Ponce is a potential “floating base” for operations in the Persian Gulf.
Amid the continuing U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, a defense source reportedly tells The Washington Post that Pentagon strategists believe it would take three weeks to pretty much wipe out Iran’s military capability.
For its part, the U.S. Central Command says only that it is planning and preparing for an offensive campaign to give the president some options in the event Iran attacks or attempts to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital oil transport passageway. —ARK
US Central Command (CENTCOM) believes it can destroy or significantly degrade Iran’s conventional armed forces in about three weeks using air and sea strikes, a defense source told The Washington Post.
“We plan for any eventuality we can and provide options to the president,” Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at CENTCOM told the newspaper. “We take our guidance from the secretary of defense and from our civilian bosses in [Washington] DC. So any kind of guidance they give us, that’s what we go off of [sic].”