30 Aug '14, 9pm

US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

US Army Sees 'Megacities' As the Future Battlefield

WASHINGTON — When the US Army looks to the future, it sees cities. Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state. And the service is convinced that these “megacities” of 20 million or more people will be the battleground of the future. The problem from a military strategists’ point of view, however, is that no army has ever fought it out in a city of this size. So in thinking through the issue of what to do about the coming age of the megacity, the US Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) got together with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence in February to explore these types of urban operations. “There is no historical precede...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140830/DEFREG02/3083...

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