Accession Number:

ADA592658

Title:

Breaching Around Corners: Engineer Operations in Urban Environments

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY ENGINEER SCHOOL FORT LEONARD WOOD MO

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defense and the Army recently published new strategic-, operational-, and tactical level doctrine for urban operations Joint Publication 3-06, Doctrine for Joint Urban Operations Field Manual FM 3-06 Doctrine Review and Approval Group DRAG, Urban Operations and FM 3-06.11, Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain. The Army has long published doctrine on military operations on urbanized terrain MOUT, but the previous doctrine was typically constrained to tactics, techniques, and procedures at the brigade level and below. The doctrine was flexible and allowed commanders the option to enter a city or isolate it and bypass. Due to the complex nature of urban operations, commanders typically opted to isolate and bypass. However, this may no longer be a solution. We now face adversaries that use asymmetric tactics andor terrorism because there are few who can directly oppose America s combat capabilities. Future threats may use cities to negate our technological advantage and use the civilian population to impede and complicate operations. Commanders may enter cities to pursue the threat or to seize intermediate objectives. For this reason, it is imperative that engineers understand the potential problems under all these circumstances.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE