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Millennium Challenge 2002, most expensive war exercise in U.S. history, simulating a war between the U.S. vs Iran.

Spoiler alert: Iran absolutely destroyed billions of dollars worth of military equipment & 20,000 troops instantly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenniu…
Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper was put in command of a handicapped Iran-inspired military force. His mission was to go against the full might of the U.S. military. In the first two days, he sank an entire carrier battle group.
At the start, to fulfill the forced-entry requirement, U.S. issued Iran an eight-point ultimatum, the final point being surrender. Red (Iran) team leader Van Riper knew his country’s political leadership could not accept it so he prepared for a Blue (U.S.) team intervention.
Since the U.S. military has a “preemption doctrine,” Van Riper decided that as soon as a U.S. Navy carrier battle group steamed into the Gulf, he would “preempt the preemptors” and strike first.
Predicting that the Blue (U.S.) team would be relying on radar and detecting radio and other electronic signals to locate targets, Van Riper ordered all Red (Iran) team forces to go completely offline, rendering them completely invisible to U.S. ships and aircraft.
Once U.S. forces were within range, Van Riper’s (Iran) forces unleashed a barrage of missiles from ground-based launchers, commercial ships, and planes flying low and without radio communications to reduce their radar signature.
Simultaneously, swarms of speedboats loaded with explosives launched kamikaze attacks. The carrier battle group’s missile detection sys was overwhelmed, 19 U.S. ships were sunk, including the carrier, several cruisers, and five amphibious ships. Excercise was over in 10 minutes.
Sidenote: during several battles during the ongoing war in Syria, lightly armed Rebel forces were able to disarm and destroy modern war tanks while on foot in groups of 3 - 6 people, a crowbar, and an improvised pipe bomb. And $150 plywood drones used to destroy combat planes.
After the defeat of the U.S. by an "inferior" and not as expensive force using World War Two tactics and communication systems, the US ordered the results to be scrapped and the exercise restarted with severe handicaps, limitations for the Red (Iran) team, and Van Riper removed.
The rest of the MC '02 exercise was scripted to let the Blue (U.S.) Force land and win vs Red (Iran) Team. The restarted exercise is now the basis for the myth and official assumption that the U.S. military can defeat Iran quickly and overwhelmingly with minimal troop casualties.
Van Riper wrote a 21-page critique of the exercise that was immediately classified. "Nothing was learned from this,""A culture not willing to think hard and test itself does not augur well for the future."

Again, U.S., KSA, UAE, UK vs Iran in open war, would not be a good idea.
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