Accession Number : ADA394252


Title :   Fighting Downtown: A Training Necessity for the Heavy Brigade


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept. Aug 2000-Feb 2001


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Seigel, David T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a394252.pdf


Report Date : 01 Feb 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 53


Abstract : This monograph examines current U.S. Army urban operations doctrine and training and their adequacy to prepare the Armys heavy forces to fight in future conflicts. The purpose of this examination is to determine whether the heavy brigades are ready to fight in an urban environment. This monograph begins by analyzing urbanization trends in world demographics and their impacts on warfare in the future. This monograph also analyzes the lessons learned and impacts of the relatively recent post-Cold War battles of Mogadishu and Grozny to identify the methods that potential adversaries will likely use to counter the United States combat power advantage. This monograph next analyzes the relevancy of U.S. Army urban operations doctrine and training, focusing primarily at the heavy brigade level. It evaluates heavy brigade doctrine and training by analyzing how well they address full spectrum operations, anticipated threat tactics, light infantry / joint integration, and the use of current equipment and technology. This monograph concludes that the likelihood of U.S. Army heavy brigades participating in an urban conflict is greatly increasing. It also finds that current urban operations doctrine for heavy forces is inadequate, but that new and relevant doctrine will arrive soon. This monograph also finds that urban operations training for heavy forces is insufficient to prepare the force to fight the next war. Lastly, this monograph concludes with recommendations for improving urban operations doctrine and training.


Descriptors :   *ARMY TRAINING , *MILITARY DOCTRINE , *ARMY OPERATIONS , *URBAN AREAS , *URBAN WARFARE , LESSONS LEARNED , BRIGADE LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , DEMOGRAPHY


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE