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Posted on Mar 28, 2008 in Tactics101, War College

Tactics 101: 025. Urban Operations: Truisms and Nuggets

By Rick Baillergeon and John Sutherland

SUMMARY Fight in urban terrain when you have to or when it’s to your benefit to do so. However, do not do it if your troops are not trained, organized, equipped, and rehearsed. This is truly a recipe for failure! Study Grozny 1994 to understand the failure generated from ill-prepared MOUT. Look at Fallujah II to see the success that a well-planned, deliberate approach can achieve.

NEXT MONTH One of the most critical missions assigned a unit in urban operations is the mission of cordon and search. Next month, we will focus specifically on the mission of cordon and search.


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