Strategic Operations

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Strategic Operations
Product information
Type Rulebook
Development Herbert A. Beas II
Randall N. Bills
Primary writing Paul Bowman
Dan C. Duval
Kevin Killiany
Mike Miller
David L. McCulloch
Steven Mohan Jr.
Herbert A. Beas II
Randall N. Bills
Joel Bancroft-Connors
Térence Harris
Chris Hartford
Luke Robertson
Joel Steverson
Kirk Alderfer
Ray Arrastia
Matt Murray
Rick Sardiñas
Pages 448
Cover Artwork Franz Vohwinkel
Illustrations Doug Chaffee
David R. Deitrick
James Hauser
Brennan Letts
Chris Lewis
Duane Loose
Matt Plog
Klaus Scherwinski
Franz Vohwinkel
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code 35004
First published 2009
ISBN-13 9781934857212
Era Jihad era
Series Core Rulebooks
Preceded by Tactical Operations
Followed by A Time of War


Strategic Operations is the fourth book in the rebranded Classic BattleTech line. It provides advanced rules for aerospace combat and solar system-level campaigns, and reboots the previous BattleForce rules, to allow combat at company, battalion and regimental levels. Strategic Operations won the 2010 Origins Award for Best Miniatures Rules.[1][2]

In 2021 this book was superseded by Strategic Operations: Advanced Aerospace Rules with the strategic level rules split off and consolidated into Interstellar Operations: BattleForce.

From the back cover[edit]

Forces In Solar System!

Liftoff [sic] planet and conquer an entire solar system! Deploy kilometer-long WarShips as escorts, first for JumpShips bridging the gulf between stars, then for detaching DropShips that burn in system to drop troops onto any battlefield. New aerospace tactics will allow you to gain air supremacy to match your grasp of ground tactics. Yet the war for a star system is more than a single battle and a commander that utilizes his supplies and personnel with skill will survive the numerous battles to come.

Strategic Operations is the one-source rulebook for advanced rules aerospace assets that open the entire conquest of a solar system. It includes new aerospace movement, combat and advanced aerospace unit construction rules, as well as comprehensive maintenance, salvage, repair and customization rules. Finally, a complete game system—BattleForce—allows players to use their existing miniatures and mapsheets to play quick, fast-paced BattleTech games, from companies to battalions and even regiments.





  1. "Catalyst Games Labs Wins 2010 Origins Awards", Catalyst Game Labs, 28 June 2010
  2. "Origins Awards", Origins Game Fair
  3. forums, Strat Ops & JHS 3076 Street Dates, (dead link) 28 July 2009.