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Wargame: AirLand Battle Website

A new Wargame: AirLand Battle Website is online as an official home to the upcoming sequel to Wargame: European Escalation that escalates the war to the expanses of AirLand (hey, if you're going to make up a word, we're going to have fun with it). Word is this offers details on the game, media (including some new screenshots), a home for user-created videos, and more.

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2. Re: Wargame: AirLand Battle Website Feb 17, 2013, 15:00 Dmitri_M
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1. Re: Wargame: AirLand Battle Website Feb 16, 2013, 16:31 Scottish Martial Arts
Hey Blue,

AirLand Battle refers to the joint mechanized doctrine adopted by the US Army and US Air Force during the 80s in preparation for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. The gist of it was that the Army, which would be HEAVILY outnumbered by the Soviets, would conduct a highly mobile defense, directing a constant stream of small counter attacks against the flanks of the Soviet line of advance at the tactical level. Based upon John Boyd's OODA Loop theory, this was meant not to defeat the Soviet Army in the field, so much as to generate a constant stream of annoyances that the Soviet command structure would have to recognize, interpret, and respond to, thus slowing down their ability to act with any degree of decision. Meanwhile, the Air Force, which was expected to maintain relative air superiority, would be directing it's main effort towards Battlefield Air Interdiction, a fancy term that refers to targeting and destroying all the supply convoys, reinforcements, trains, etc. that would be moving from the enemy's rear towards the front in order to reinforce and sustain the main advance.

The idea of all of this was to so paralyze the Soviets ability to make decisions, thus so slowing them down, that NATO would have the time necessary to fully mobilize all of its reserves, and present the Soviets with an unwinnable conflict, forcing them to sue for peace.

That, in a nutshell, is AirLand Battle, at least the conventional side of it. There was also heavy integration of Special Operations forces, and considerable planning with regard to WMDs -- the Soviets would certainly use chemical weapons, so it was assumed that all of this would be conducted in a MOPPS (Mission Oriented Protective Posture Suit --the acronym for the field NBC warfare suits, gasmasks and equipment worn by the Army) environment, and if they escalated to nukes, then we would have done so as well.
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