US vs Iran
From all indications, in case of an attack, Iranians will conduct an asymmetrical war. Asymmetrical war is as old as war itself, because it is about a confrontation between the powerful and the weak. It is the only way that Iran can fight the US. United States military is so powerful that once it is fully mobilised no nation or combination of nations in the Middle East can withstand its might.
For the past 30 years Iran has experience a revolution, a devastating 8 year war and continuous military sanctions or semi-sanctions. After the war many Iranian cities, factories, roads etc, especially in the west were in ruins. Rebuilding of the villages, towns and cities took priority over the rearming of the military. There simply was not enough money to do both even if the weapons were available. Iran therefore had to focus its resources on its manufacturing capabilities (design, reverse engineer, copy etc), coming-up with new ways of fighting and importing some absolutely necessary systems. That is why the Iranians focused on improving their asymmetrical war fighting capabilities. Under the title of “Focused Poverty and Asymmetric Threats”, Anthony H. Cordesman of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) acknowledges this forced focus. This is part of his report that was published in 2000.
“Iran’s low expenditures on arms do not mean that it has not increased some aspects of its military capabilities. Iran is clearly aware of the threat posed by US technology and war fighting methods, and of the need to modernize its forces. While it has never published detailed force plans, Iranian military literature reflects a keen interest in major force modernization plans and in the advanced weapons and technologies that support the "revolution in military affairs”….. Iran’s has attempted to deal with these problems by focusing on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, enough advanced armoured and air weapons to give its some defensive or deterrent capability, and on making larger purchases of systems that can threaten tanker traffic and the Southern Gulf. Iran has bought enough arms to rebuild its army to the point where it can defend effectively against a weakened Iraq. It has begun to rebuild its air force and land-based air defences, and can put up a far more effective defence than in 1988. It has restructured its regular forces and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps to improve the defence of its Southern Gulf coast and develop a far
Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar