Since the official thread seems to be about "T6 Coupons" or something, I figured I would start a thread about the story and mission goals. Since I have a "negative opinion" I prematurely banished my thread to Ten Forward.
Looking at the reasoning behind "Operation Riposte", I can clearly see why the Federation is losing the war.
Admiral Cornwall: “That is how you and I might think, but we are not fighting one another. We are fighting the Klingons, and analysis of their overall strategy confirms one thing. The Klingons are after something the value more than territory or victory - they are seeking glory in battle.”
Uh... where did you get the idea that they are seeking "glory in battle"? Did you not listen to T'Kuvma when he told you that ""Members of the Federation, what you call your most remote borders I call too close to Klingon territory. You only live now to serve as witnesses of Klingon supremacy, to be my herald. We do not desire to know you. But you will know our great houses, standing as one under Kahless, reborn in me, T'Kuvma."? They are not seeking glory. They are exterminating you to preserve their way of life.
This also shows that, even after the debacle that was the Battle of the Binary Stars, Starfleet Intelligence has not bothered to investigate the situation inside the Klingon Empire. If they did, they would see that the Klingon force arrayed against them is not a single group, but a chaotic assortment of factions each vying for power. Some of the factions use suicide vessels to blow up starbases, while other factions use weapons that destroy atmospheres of planets, killing the population and rendering those planets uninhabitable.
Admiral Kensington: “An offensive on our part will draw the Klingons away from other worlds and shift the pace of this war in our favor. It will give us some breathing room to gather our fleets. Then, and only then, can the defensive strategies and operations being proposed here today be viable.”
Wow, are you stupid. You admit that you are "leaving vital worlds woefully undefended". The cloaking device means you cannot estimate the actual numbers of ships near Prior's World; nor can you estimate the numbers of ships at nearby worlds. You know nothing about the current state of Klingon command structure (nearby worlds may not move to assist Prior's World; they may leave their brethren to "fend for themselves" while they assault nearly-defenseless Federation worlds).
I guess Sun Tzu is no longer required reading for command in Starfleet:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.
So, we are doing a "historical recreation" of the initial attack on Prior's World, which probably resulted in the Federation losing a half dozen planets. Could we have less depressing ST:D content? We know the Federation lost the military aspect of the Federation-Klingon war because they could not adapt to the cloaking device; and because Starfleet Intelligence is incompetent. I imagine Section 31 is too busy making Skynet to defend the Federation.