From: Washington D.C.
I have been looking at the Israeli Operation Yonatan/Thunderbolt to rescue the hostages at Entebbe Airport in 1977. Is CMO able to model such a scenario? Would it be worthwhile?
Could you model it? Yes.
Would it be worthwhile? Probably not. The real substance of that was the ground battle, which isn't really CMO's forte, and the kind of ground combat CMO does do is larger scale than that. It's really not interesting until you put at least a battalion level force out there, and even that is small.
That being said, I think that SOF/DA sorts of scenarios are actually really great, but in order to make them fun, you have to include the CONVENTIONAL operation surrounding the special operation. While the SOF guys may be the supported unit (and are essential to some very specifically written victory condition), the conventional forces supporting them end up being the bulk of a CMO scenario.
For example: Imagine a scenario where a scientist working in a secret chemical weapons lab wants to defect. In exchange for help escaping the repressive regime the scientist offers critical information on the state of their weapons program. Working through its intelligence services, the US government agrees to extract him. US Army Delta Force gets the job.
The scientist in this case is just cargo to be loaded on some kind of SOF aviation, probably something from 160th SOAR. The Delta Force units are likely to all die if this thing goes badly. They're really just the endgame (there's your main victory condition).
Before you can move their aircraft in there, you need to be able to provide them with SA. That suggests E-3s, Rivet Joint, maybe JSTARs, and drones. In order for those to fly, you need to have at least local air superiority, that suggests Raptors or Eagles. There may be some form of non-kinetic SEAD going on with jamming aircraft. Once the bad guys figure out what's going on, and the SOF guys start looking for the scientist (he's hiding under a desk in the conference room), they're going to send some conventional QRF to go and kick the SOF dude's asses, and recapture their scientist. That means you might want to have a bunch of Marines set up blocking positions to at least delay the bad guy QRF. Both the SOF and the conventional forces may require CAS. That would suggest skids, Harriers, A-10s, AC-130s and maybe other stuff.
See how this goes? For the special operation to be successful, there's a whole conventional operation surrounding it. Btw, that this point you just started a war, so whatever this scientist has better be REALLY REALLY GOOD.
That's the sort of special operation that CMO does well, though. It's not the SOF that you spend all your effort worrying about, they just sort of spike the football. It's all the supporting operations surrounding them.