Iran's Ground Forces: Significance and Implications

Date of Graduation

Spring 1997


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave


The current Iranian military buildup has received much recent attention with the emphasis on Iran's acquisition of advanced aircraft, Kilo-class submarines, sea-skimming cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, chemical and biological weapons, and possibly nuclear weapons. In most analyses of the arms buildup the ground forces have either been neglected or have been considered not a threat. This thesis examines the Iranian ground forces and their modernization, and assesses the extent of the threat posed by them to United States' interest in the region. The thesis addresses Iran's foreign policy objectives and attempts to argue that Iran has interests in which it may use its ground forces to affect policy. Although presently Iran's ground forces have limited operational capabilities, they have the capability to initiate limited military actions that would be contrary to United States' interest in the region.

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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