The important point is that altough these optimistic claims about the capabilities of FCS and Objective Force may not turn out to be true in reality, a US policy maker may still be more likely to resort in military force if he believes in these claims.
Aside from that, the problem with Iraq is that the Saudis won't let the US to put in heavy ground forces. Even if they
were to give such permission, it would take months of shipping tanks and artillery
on big cargo ships for the army to be ready. Even if the army got heavy forces into Iraq, it
would still have a hard time fighting in cities like Baghdad.
There are some who have proposed an Afghanistan style campaign with special
forces acting as spotters for air power and local rebels taking the role of the
Afghan army. The problem with that is that special forces and local rebels
don't have the firepower to protect themselves from being overrun by an enemy
like the Republican Army.
The claimed advantages of FCS is that you'll be able to ship them in
C17s to places with no large bases in a few days. Then, provided the US
seized air superiority, which is almost a pre-condition for any significant US
ground attack, you would be able to have companies of FCSes, or even special
forces driving FCSes to spot targets and battalion or brigade sized units to
take on the role of the Afghan army, that is, exert pressure on the ground so
that the enemy is forced expose himself to attack. Unlike current special
forces, the Objective Force would still have enough firepower and mobility to
fight off and break away from pursuit by heavy armor if things went south in a
My point regarding Somalia was not that FCS would be better for peace
keeping, but that having it might make politicians think they can go in and stop
a civil war. Conventional heavy infantry with light armored vehicles (LAV)
don't fight well in urban environments because they are unable to deal with the
complexity of the landscape of cities. If you're sitting in a LAV, as far
as you know guys could be popping up from every window and a direct hit from an
RPG may take you out. The claimed advantage of Objective Force is
that by combining unmanned sensors that tell soldiers where the enemy is and
weapons that will allow him to attack without exposing himself in an urban
environment, you'll be able to get an order of magnitude increase in lethality
and survivability. This is more the domain of Objective Warrior Program
than FCS, but both will be in the Objective Force.
Kosovo was probably one of the scenarios army planners had in mind when they
came up with the FCS idea.
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