In the short term, the Arkenstone will continue its focus on the Iranian ground forces ORBAT. This means renewed satellite IMINT analysis combined with exploitation of Persian-language sources. Unfortunately though, beyond a small update to the 88th AD I do not expect to be able to publish any detailed pieces because yet again I find myself embroiled in an independent research project as part of my degree; over the next ten weeks I will study the Libyan and Syrian civil wars and complete a detailed analysis of the tactics and strategies of pro/anti-government forces. I'm really excited about it because it's allowing me to revisit many of the themes I first explored when I came to college and started doing security studies like COIN, 4th generation and net-centric warfare, as well as develop some of my more recent academic research about Iran (like the need to buck-pass to local powers like Turkey and Saudi Arabia).
Here's to wishing for an "Army Day" parade this year with plenty of high-quality photos from Tehran and the provinces!