Sunday, February 19, 2017

In Response to 'Operation Millennium Challenge by Matt Ward'

National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, CA MC02
19 February 2017: This morning I was directed (hat tip: Nora) to an article published on the Rapture Ready website 'Operation Millennium Challenge by Matt Ward'. The article discusses something I was intimately involved in, namely the Advanced Warfighting Experiment (AWE) known as Millennium Challenge 2002, or MC02. 

The above image was taken by myself upon my arrival at NTC Ft. Irwin in April 2002 for the final MC02 planning conference. I did not depart NTC Ft. Irwin until September of that year, which was followed by my deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom shortly thereafter. One could say I became very 'desert qualified' during this warfighting exercise not far from Death Valley. My arrival a couple months later at CFLCC and the assembly cabals in northern Kuwait was as if I had returned home to the high desert of California.

The issues I have with the above referenced article are that they are contrary to what I recall. First and foremost, MC02 was a Congressional mandated exercise for America's newly digitized military capabilities which was a follow-on to AWE exercises which took place at Ft. Polk in southern Louisiana prior to the act of war which occurred on September 11, 2001. At that time we believed Saddam had been a key cog in the Al Qaeda terrorist plot; we knew that several of the key 9/11 hijackers had trained on a static commercial aircraft located at Salman Pak, Iraq terrorist training center. On 9 April 2003 the United States Army's 3rd Infantry Division found some evidence of the Saddam regime role during a dynamic forced entry into Baghdad.

Saddam, 9/11/2001 and the 3rd Infantry Division discovery
Secondly, as an exercise MC02 was stopped and re-started with regularity. It was not war, it was, again, an advanced warfighting experiment, the largest at that point in U.S. military history. The exercise covered an area across the entire breadth of the continental United States, from from the parking lot behind XVIIIth Airborne Corps HQ, Ft. Bragg, NC to the ground combat "box" at NTC Ft. Irwin, CA. The number of aspects involved in MC02 fills volumes of recorded data, and it under no circumstances be boiled down to win-lose, or you cheated and I'm taking my ball and going home. That is simply nonsense. That's not how warfare occur and is resolved, or not, in the real-world.

Thirdly, contrary to the Rapture Ready article's view that the exercise was "an utter failure" and that it has "gone down in infamy as a lesson in how not to fight a rogue, terrorist nation," the true result of MC02 was proven during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Execution Phase I. Iraq was exactly the rogue terrorist nation envisioned in MC02; the early entry of U.S. and Coalition forces into the preparatory bivouacs (cabals) of northern Kuwait (Camp New Jersey, Camp New York, Camp Pennsylvania, etc.) were already underway as the exercise was executing in July-August 2002. 

The anti-war left-of-center media was already predicting doom, just as they had done in the previous war to liberate Kuwait from Saddam's regime. This meant the extremely secular politics involved in naysaying MC02 were well-advanced even before the exercise began. Those politics played themselves out in Washington DC, and are also quite evident in this article. Only the facts of overwhelming success of the ground combat mission objectives against Saddam's Iraqi forces are the proper point to address in hindsight. MC02 made the overwhelming 'mission complete' success of OIF-I possible.

Finally, a US military exercise which occurred with the technology and fighting forces of 15 years ago has very little if any bearing on the prospect of Coalition warfare against the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2017, or beyond. MC02 merely envisioned hypothetical one-on-one warfighting in 2007, or five years afterwards. War against the Islamic Republic in the near future is a zebra of entirely different stripes, and with high likelihood bears a very close resemblance to the the prophet Ezekiel's "Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions" in Ezekiel 38:13, in essence a Sunni-Western alliance we can already see in the current run-up to tackling the Islamic State, and the coalition warfare against Iran's Shi'a Houthi proxies in Yemen.

In my opinion, no article or Christian discussion on the potential for warfare against Iran can be considered complete without a thorough exegesis of Jeremiah 49:34-39. Most unfortunately Jeremiah's prophecy is something the Rapture ready article did not even attempt to discus. I would recommend the author to visit Eschatology Today where there are several archived articles and their updates dating from 2010 to the present regarding Jeremiah's prophecy.



hartdawg said...

OK, this is really starting to make me angry. Even conservative news sites, (or so called) are either misconstruing facts, or simply regurgitating what they heard without doing their homework. How can one keep up with what's going on with all this deception and misinformation? This is getting really old. I don't blame Matt ward, he's probably just posting based on the information he had. What is a watchman supposed to do?

Sean Osborne said...


From what I can discern in reading Matt Ward's article he made an incorrect assumption based on a negative political argument on MC02 and then compounded that error by linking very dated erroneous info to present day realities. That, in a nutshell is why I felt compelled to respond with this.

Sean Osborne said...

By the way, not only has the Trump Administration put Iran "on notice" and told them they're "playing with fire," but also Russia has also been told the same thing: cut the nonsense, or else.

That means the next dangerous fly over of a US Navy warship by a Russian aircraft is very likely to experience a significant live fire response.

Nora said...

Thank you for the clearing up!

Sean Osborne said...

Also, China and North Korea are under advisement to curb their military provocations as well.

Jeremy Lobb said...

Hi Sean,

I don't have your personal e-mail address so I am posting this on this site, sorry. May not be that appropriate to the post but does expose the "fake news" element that is so dominant in the main stream media at present!

Hope it makes you smile, enjoy:-)

A Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.”

The reporter says, “Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies "I'm a U.S. Marine, a Republican and I am voting for Trump."

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page: “U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH”

And that pretty much sums up the media's approach to the news these days!

Yours in Christ

Sean Osborne said...

I simply had to share Jeri's humor with everyone here... it's priceless and spot-on the mark!

Jeri, I took a gander at your Blogger profile, and I saw the image at the bottom of the page. Anyone ever told you that you're pretty much a dead ringer for one of my all-time favorite PGA TOUR professional golfers, South Africa's own Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els, a/k/a "The Big Easy?" You lads could be brothers or cousins or something. Wow. The work Ernie and his wife Liezl do for children through their Els for Autism Foundation is simply marvelous.

Also, as Jeri noted, he' doesn't have my personal email address. That is now rectified.

Anyone can send an email to:

This is a high security email account; even I have to go through a multi-step process to access it. :)

Jeremy Lobb said...

Hi Sean

Really please you enjoyed the humour. I could not resist sending it because it is so true with what is happening all the time now.

Thanks very much for your e-mail address, much appreciated.

The Big Easy is not related unfortunately......they do great stuff for autism. I think you know the history there.

Have a great day.

Yours in Christ

Sean Osborne said...

New SITREP coming...