U.S. 14th Marines firing a Howitzer during the Second Battle of Fallujah, November 2004.

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You’re not getting it. You can’t just practice and get good at it.

I’m going to try and be relatively detailed without violating any aspect of OPSEC.

I’m assuming we’re talking about delivering rounds accurately, since I’ve already agreed that simply putting a round downrange isn’t that hard. I’m also *not* going to talk about the training and equipment required to accurately determine target location (which the IS also probably doesn’t have.)

There is a whole chain of systems that work together to accurately deliver modern artillery. From the survey crew and specialized equipment that are required to lay the gun accurately to the weather balloons you need to account for meteorological information, a whole hell of a lot goes into putting steel on the deck. None of which the IS has.

And then you need to calculate all of that information. It’s normally done on computer systems which the Iraqis don’t have. You can do it manually, but even setting aside the expertise required, the tables you need aren’t available to the public anyway.

So no, they can’t just grab a Saudi dude and effectively utilize American artillery. Maybe — *maybe* — if they captured all of those things from the Iraqis, and had an entire team of advisors with different specialties come in they could put a working team together in a few months.

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