It's 2012, and tensions are rapidly escalating around Iran's nuclear program. With John Bolton leading the Republican presidential primary, the Iranian government decided the only way to deter a US invasion, if Bolton were to become president in 2013, is a serious effort to obtain nuclear weapons in 2012. As the IAEA uncovers Tehran's surge in uranium enrichment and Bolton racks up primary election wins, Tehran decides to go all-in on the dash for the bomb and brazenly unloads fuel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant under IAEA monitoring. President Obama issues an ultimatum threatening force against Iran's nuclear facilities if its program is not pulled back, while straining to avoid an even costlier, larger conflict. Meanwhile, the USS George Washington carrier group prepares itself.
This version of the campaign requires no Supercarrier or mods, and is essentially identical to the main version, with a couple stock aircraft replacing mod aircraft.