Urban Warfare

UAN Command Press Release, 2022: “After the targeted and precision attack, and the area had been secured, the UAN’s automated ground force assessed that 15 drug gangsters, six women and nine children were killed. Two suspected criminals, one woman and three children were wounded, and one suspected criminal was detained.”

“We think urban is the future,” says James Lasswell, a retired colonel who now heads the Office of Science and Technology at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory. “Everything worth fighting for is in the urban environment.” And Wayne Michael Hall, a retired Army brigadier general and the senior intelligence advisor in Schattle’s operation, has a similar assessment, “We will be fighting in urban terrain for the next hundred years.”

During James Lasswell’s presentation, he was quite specific about the non-Fallujah-like need to be “very discriminate” in applying firepower in an urban environment. As an example of the ability of technology to aid in such efforts, he displayed a photo of the aftermath of an Israeli strike on a three-story Lebanese building. The third floor of the structure had been obliterated, while the roof above and the floors below appeared relatively unscathed. In an aside, Lasswell mentioned that, while the effort had been a discriminating one, the floor taken out “turned out to be the wrong floor.” A rumble of knowing chuckles swept the room.

Slum Fights: The Pentagon Plans for a New Hundred Years’ War, by Nick Turse, 11th October, 2007

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October 18, 2007