CFLCC units will be prepared for transition to Phase II (Seize the Initiative) operations should sequential FDOs fail to prevent an attack by Ahurastan (AH) into Azerbaijan (AZ). The CFLCC command staff’s problem frame has identified two areas of concern. The first is that the commander has identified the mobility corridor vicinity of GANJA (KIROVABAD) as decisive terrain in CFLCC’s movement from TBILISI to the KURA River basin. This mobility corridor is canalized by urban terrain in the north and mountainous terrain in the south. The CFLCC command believes that failure to control this mobility corridor will significantly impede the success of IAW EUCOM CONPLAN 4567-15. e. The second area of concern is that AH may attack before JTF-CASPIAN has fully deployed. The CFLCC command has analyzed this ECOA, and their worst case assessment is that the ADF brigades deployed along the AZ border may only be able to delay AH ground forces 24-48 hours. Because of the accelerated timeline, there will be limited JTF-CASPIAN forces available to support this contingency mission.
OPERATION’S PURPOSE: Prevent Ahurastan forces from controlling the mobility corridor from the vicinity of GANJA (KIROVABAD) to BAKU utilizing a THREE PHASE OPLAN,. AH Capstone mission is the isolation of BAKU IOT leading to a political settlement that will recognize AH’s oil claims in the region.
Phase I –DETER- Pre-conflict preparation and transition to war: M-day to D-day. Provide aggressive reconnaissance and presence within the GANJA (KIROVABAD) to BAKU Area of Operations (AO). Coalesce and integrate combined battle plan and order of engagement with all allied forces AZ. Commence pre-emptive Phase II (Seize) deployment of forces into staging areas.
Phase II-SEIZE- Initial transition to war. D-day to OPLAN Day 4. Commence interdiction attacks with long-range fires and attack aviation forward of PL BLACK to disrupt lead tactical