TASK FORCE EMERALD WAVE
A short story by August Cole
// URGENT //
G-2 / NATO TASK FORCE EMERALD WAVE
DIST HQ NATO / UN PKO / AU RFF
22 July 2040
AFTER-ACTION REVIEW OF TANZANIAN ARMY TECH RESPONSE TO TASK FORCE EMERALD WAVE (NATO) DEPLOYMENT TO DAR-ES-SALAAM IN SUPPORT OF AU/UN PEACEKEEPING
- MISSION STATUS: EMERALD WAVE French human-force elements are operational but the likelihood of mission success in Dar-Es-Salaam is greatly reduced, estimated at 31%, after a successful cyber strike disabled all German and Italian autonomous units. Tanzanian military forces completed a 96-hour rapid-equipping cycle at 2340 2 FEB, greatly improving both analytical, offensive, and defensive capability to parity with EMERALD WAVE. Non-state entity (identified as Catalyst) supplied command and control software, print- and bio-fabs fulfilled two 48-hour production cycles at Tanzanian Army bases and distributed locations among sympathetic domestic and foreign local actors.
- THREAT UPDATE: The speed with which Catalyst supplied autonomous ground and air platforms, as well as analytical and predictive systems, to the Tanzanian army exceeded NATO operational planning models. Tanzanian units at the company level now field DOKTOR anti-armor platoons in 8 locations; airport defenses include 32 Fender anti-air batteries; 2,000 Viper man-portable offensive systems are distributed throughout the greater Dar-es-Salaam area.
- OPERATIONAL GUIDANCE: NATO Task Force equipment PGMT (Platform-Generation/Modification-Testing) cycles specify a 72-hour pre-deployment work-up to ensure advantage or parity with potential adversary forces employing all-source coercive design/build platforms and systems (CDBPS), such as those supplied by Catalyst autonomous and human agents. Though legacy procurement practices no longer meet NATO requirements for rapid-equipping cycles, member nations that do not comply should be operationally excluded from crisis-response missions because of delays with platform fabrication and systems training.
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