15 January 2003
Arrival of the USNS Pilalaau (TAKR 304) and the USNS Yano (TAKR 297).
Late January 2003
CVN-70 Carl Vinson carrier battle group could deploy in late January.
27 January 2003
The inspectors might report back to the Security Council by 27 January 2003. Although the US would consult the Council if inspectors reported Iraq had failed to cooperate to discuss the consequences Baghdad whould face, the US would not have to wait for UN approval before taking military action.
28 January 2003
President Bush delivers the State of the Union address to Congress.
01 February 2003
The New Moon on 01 February would provide cover of darkness for American forces entering Baghdad. Using night-vision capabilities, this could be helpful in achieving surprise, with the attacker deriving additional advantages from the defender’s inability to aim his fire effectively. (GlobalSecurity – Target Iraq)