Had the Japanese attacked the fueling facilities at Pearl, it would have had a greater effect than even taking out the carriers, which were neutralized at Coral Sea and Midway anyways; but greater production would carry the day.phavoc wrote:Yes, fleet anchorages, and static stations and such will always be known. But where the fleet, or portions of it, are going to be will always iffy for the most part. The Japanese had expected to take out the US carriers at Pearl Harbor and had to make do with sinking battleships. Their intelligence had thought they were going to be in port, or at least 1-2. Fog of war is always a bitch.dragoner wrote:There will be intelligence as to where the fleets are, and to which where they are going. Systems will have strategic points, similar to regular battlefields, where the fighting will most likely occur. Surprise is always good, but it is not something one should count on, maskirovka is better.Condottiere wrote:Solution is a pre-emptive strike to cripple the opposing (interstellar) mobile forces.
The objective wouldn't actually be the planet, but any warship capable of interstellar travel.
Though making a series of strikes on an opposing system to cut down their forces does make for some potential good tactics. The only problem is that the attacking ships would need to be coming from a very close position and have enough fuel to jump in, attack, then jump out. They might get away with doing a refueling run one time, but probably not twice - assuming the defenders had the ships to properly defend refueling sources in the system. By the books it's not supposed to take a fleet of SDB's to run someone's day when refueling. How exactly all that works has never been made clear.
Harry the enemy, yes.
Ultimately, it will be logistics, it always is.
An organized program of deception is easier to control than hoping for surprise, which may or may not come.
Planets and gas giants, those will be the objectives, where ever a fleet jumps in. A defending fleet also might jump away if it finds itself outmatched, before the battle. Planets might hold out if they can.