US Int’l publishes report on Iran military power capabilities

WASHINGTON, The Defense Intelligence Agency presented Tuesday a report titled “Iran Military Power” that examines the “core capabilities” of Iran’s military.

The report examines Iran’s “military strategy and goals, the organization’s structure and capability of the military that supports those goals,” as well as “the enabling infrastructure and industrial base.” Senior Defense Intelligence Agency analyst for Iran Christian Saunders told reporters “as Tehran expands its capabilities and role as both an unconventional and conventional threat in the Middle East, it is more important than ever that we understand Iran’s military power and the threat it poses to our interests, our allies and our security.” He said that “the Iranian military largely relies on three core capabilities,” ballistic missiles; naval forces “capable of threatening navigation” in the Arabian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz; and “unconventional capabilities including the use of partners and proxies abroad.” “The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) Quds Force, Iran’s primary tool for unconventional operations, maintains a wide network of non-state partners, proxies and affiliates throughout the region,” he added.

He affirmed that Iran’s nuclear program “remains a significant concern for the United States,” as “Tehran has threatened to continue ceasing other JCPOA commitments unless, it receives sufficient sanctions relief.” He noted that Iran “employs a hybrid approach to warfare using both conventional and unconventional elements,” where on the conventional side, “Iran’s military strategy is primarily based on deterrence and the ability to retaliate against an attacker.” “Iran also uses unconventional warfare operations and a network of militant partners and proxies to enable Tehran to advance its interests in the region, as well as attain strategic depth,” he stressed.

He warned that “Iran probably will continue to focus on the domestic development of increasingly capable missiles, naval platforms and weapons, and air defenses while it attempts to upgrade some of its deteriorating air and ground capabilities primarily through foreign purchases.” Furthermore, Sanders said that under UNSC Security Resolution 2231, Iran is “prohibited from procuring most types of conventional weapons systems from abroad.” “However, these restrictions are set to expire in October 2020, providing Tehran an opportunity to acquire some advanced capabilities that have been beyond its reach for decades,” he stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency