Unfortunately, as all requirements and offers of the UN Security Council were ignored by Iraq, the organization has adopted the final resolution, number 678 that demanded the country to withdraw its troops from Kuwait. The ultimatum expired on the 15th of January 1991 and on the 17th of January the air strike started. As a result of this operation, the principal weapon congestions, as well as bridges, structures and infrastructure of Iraq were destroyed. After the joining of the ground offensive on the 24th of February that liberated Kuwait city the war was not long-drawn-out and on the second of March the war ceased by defeat of Iraq.
Military sealift command initially planned to rely on the Ready Reserve Force for their sealift capabilities.
These systems could think fast and help in making decisions. They could make calculations and/or control bases, with others even sending warnings if they detected them. They were capable of providing correlated and automated information in the image and database form to all military stratifications (House 17). Through the use of these systems, the United State Central base maintained its closed systems as it was known. Therefore, the rival Iraq could not tap in the information. Such rivals received spontaneous attacks, which were a big advantage to the US militaries who were assured of data security and integrity as they could make secret passes into the Iraq bases by the use of their marine. Moreover, they could communicate with the units using fiber optic channels and/or use the satellite to control the space (Larsen 6).In general, use of emerging technologies by that era gave the US Control Base a greater advantage over the Iraq forces. As it soon became apparent to the United States Government acting in conjunction with all the other participants that it would require a revolutionized system to deal with its numbers as well as their operations, including communication interception of its enemies’ correspondence. This strategy led to the adoption and engagement of the C3I system (Boatman 645).
During the beginnings of the war, Navy ships launched salvos of Tomahawk cruise missiles against military targets in Iraq to “soften” the battlefield for ground troops. After the 38-day air campaign, ground troops began sweeping through Kuwait in blitzkrieg fashion. In a mere 100 hours, the Iraqi army was crushed. Iraqi soldiers surrendered by the thousands. Kuwait was free again.
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