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Take it, Don't Break it: A Megacity Concept of Operations

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Today, the United States has learned that the world expects the United States to fix what it broke in the aftermath of a conflict. The megacity has become a steer clear zone in Army doctrine. The expectation that the U.S. will fix what it broke make preparations for the end of a conflict essential throughout the prosecution of the conflict. Fortunately, war is unlikely to generate within a megacity, because of the megacitys economic dynamism. However, if external forces thrust war upon the megacity, victory will require the preservation of the megacitys dynamism and intricate networks. A look at the megacitys mojo shows its economic power. A case study on sieges indicates that the best way to preserve the economy and the megacitys networks is to win without fighting. The case study flows into a concept for victory in a megacity without substantially breaking the megacity. Victory without butchery means employing deception, gaining support from inside, and preventing the enemy from using tunnels.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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