Thursday, August 18, 2016
Smarkad III strategic situation report
To: Sector Strategic Command
From: Smarkad III Planetary HQ
Sent: Smarkad Astropath node 447
Thought For the Day: You are the Emperors will made manifest
As Per request I hereby submit a rough draft of the Strategic situation as it appears to us fighting on Smarkad III.
The Stygian Insurgency at current shows no sign of decline or meaningful degradation of capabilities. While their operational activity is not as high as it was during the height of the flash fire campaign unleashed on Smarkad III it is still unacceptably high. The insurgents currently have total control of the countryside including the forests. Imperial forces still control the larger settlements and the mine facilities many of these sites are under a loose siege as the insurgents cut the roads at will. Current Imperial forces on planet have been forced to defend territory and conduct convoy escort leaving very little for search and destroy missions.
Furthermore the current casualty rate is nearly 3-1 in favor of the insurgents. However it is believed that the insurgency could be brought under control without planetary output threatened if the release of an additional 8 regiments be obtained by Smarkad III for the sole use of counterinsurgency operations. We believe with these additional forces we can have Smarkad III secured and removed from an active warzone within 18 months standard.
Our intelligence estimates believe without significant reinforcement the insurgency could cripple planetary output within a year and overrun the planet another 8 months after that. The loss of output would put a further strain on sector forces. Furthermore Smarkad III could then be used as a staging post for further strikes deeper into the sector. Therefore I believe it imperative we receive reinforcements as quickly as possible to forestall such an event.
General Howland Raimus
Smarkad III Planetary Command