Accession Number : AD1022018

Title :   Lessons Worth Remembering: Combat In Urban Areas

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,05 Jul 2015,26 May 2016

Corporate Author : US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

Personal Author(s) : Hernandez, Ron

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Report Date : 10 May 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 50

Abstract : Empirical data elucidates that the world's population is aggregating in cities at an alarming rate. In 1950, twenty-nine percent of the world's population lived in urban areas. Today, this statistic stands at fifty-four percent. By 2030, when the world's population is expected to be around 5 billion people, it is predicted that approximately sixty-one percent of the world's population will live in cities. This dramatic change in world demographics requires the US Army to take an introspective look in how it plans to thrive in the world's changing landscape. For centuries, armies have gravitated towards cities due to their operational and strategic importance in war. Cities possess political, religious, economical, and military power that largely cannot be ignored, or bypassed, by military commanders. History evinces a city's importance in war, and buttress' the fact that urban warfare is nothing new. As the world's population continues to grow, the likelihood the US Army will operate in an urban environment will precipitously increase. Thus, the US Army must understand the complexity that foments within urban areas, realize that indigenous groups are best at resolving local problems, accept operating decentralized, and value the importance of supreme firepower.

Descriptors :   urban areas , urban warfare , lessons learned , Vietnam War , human population , military operations , national security

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