Plotting against Iranian nuke sites -Rowan Scarborough
The first indication that Israel has resorted to military action against Iran’s nuclear program would be explosions across the Islamic republic.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) — with its vaunted pilots and American-supplied warplanes — are so adept at surprise that Iraq and Syria never knew what hit them until their nuclear facilities lay smoldering.
[U]nlike Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, Iran can be expected to launch a fierce counterattack that likely would draw the United States into a low-level war with Tehran.
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu persuades his Cabinet to approve strikes, long-range F-15Is and F-16Is would take off from the Hatzerim air base on a moonless night. Israel’s most advanced warplanes, the “I Team” would carry U.S.-made, 5,000-pound bunker-busting bombs that drill below ground before exploding. Israel’s older F-16s and F-15s would stay home to deal with anticipated reprisals.
The low-flying “I” jets could take one or more routes to penetrate Iranian airspace on flights as long as 1,000 miles or more. Saudi Arabia, which sees Iran as the biggest threat to Persian Gulf oil states, might allow Israeli jets to access its airspace to cross into Iran from the southwest. Israel also could opt to fly over Iraq, given that the U.S. and its warplanes have left and Baghdad has not rebuilt an air defense force.
Iran’s thick network of radars and anti-aircraft missiles would be attacked first, perhaps by cyberwarfare viruses or some type of electronic jamming that makes the bombers invisible.
Analysts presume that Israel has probed Iran’s computer networks and has a plan to disable them with viruses and worms that would break down communication lines and disrupt electric power.
Israel has tracked the whereabouts of Iran’s atomic scientists and also would target their homes.
No one has claimed ownership of the Stuxnet worm, which can attack industrial machinery and processes that are operated by computers. [T]he worm was designed to infiltrate and disable uranium-enrichment machinery in Iran, which discovered the sabotage in June 2010.
The question is, was Stuxnet an Israeli test? Will it send a barrage of malicious computer programs into Iran’s nuclear complexes at some point?
“They can do this without airplanes,” Mr. Maloof said. “Standoff warfare is the coming thing.”
[The Washington Times]