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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

"A few weeks ago, I published the article "It's Time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit." This article received both criticism and support. Some of the supportive messages suggested that I take the next step and offer an organizational solution. If trends in both global population movement and the nature of warfare—both of which I discussed in the previous article—do in fact warrant the establishment of a brigade trained and equipped for the full range of military operations in a megacity, the next question to be addressed is clear. What would such a unit look like?

One of the principal counterarguments to my article was that any discussion of the Army's future role in megacity operations is pointless. Operating in such a complex domain is an impossible mission and, therefore, not one we will undertake. But there are many scenarios, including natural disaster situations, that would—despite the most concerted efforts to avoid them—call for the use of military forces in megacities to protect national interests. Even Gen. Mark Milley has stated that the Army must be prepared to operate in dense urban terrain. Given the range of potential unforeseen events that could pull us into megacities and the service leadership's views, the Army should organize, train, and equip units for these operations.

Megacities cannot be ruled no-go areas for military forces. The intent of the Army as outlined by U.S.C. Title 10 is to be "capable, in conjunction with the other armed forces, of—(1) preserving the peace and security, and providing for the defense, of the United States, the Commonwealths and possessions, and any areas occupied by the United States; (2) supporting the national policies…"
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Dentatus Fezian09 Mar 2017 11:01 a.m. PST

Good find. Thank you.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


doug redshirt09 Mar 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

That is what neutron bombs are for.

Lion in the Stars09 Mar 2017 11:23 a.m. PST

Any fighting inside a city will include lots of casualties. Both American and civilian, and the US public generally isn't willing to accept either.

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP09 Mar 2017 12:23 p.m. PST

For a glimpse of what I envision the future urban combat to look like, find some drone racing on one of the sports channels. Picture small swarms of these, each equipped with a small explosive, running down streets and in some cases larger buildings. Find a target, kill a target.

What makes it work however is no lag time in the area of spotting the target to engaging the target. No time to call up the chain of command for permission to fire. Drones could be equipped with a range of weapons from firing a shot gun shell to blowing up larger areas.

Sample: YouTube link

Scary and hopeful at the same time

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