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Urban battle command in the twenty-first century

Urban battle command in the twenty-first century

Glenn, Russell W; Kingston, Gina

Urban areas are notorious for complicating operational planning, command, control, and the communications that facilitate the three. Frequent interruptions of line of sight due to the prolificacy of man-made structures interfere with radio and global positioning system signals. They often combine with extreme noise, dust, smoke, and light conditions to impede leader control at all echelons. The density of noncombatants and their potentially crucial influence on friendly force success further demand effective employment and synchronization of psychological operations, civil affairs, public affairs, and other resources. Savvy use of existent systems, employing decentralized control procedures, and innovation all have their place in overcoming these inherent limitations in the service of achieving objectives across the spectrum of conflict

eBook, Paperback, Electronic resource, Book. English. Military history. History. Electronic books.
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2005

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Statement of responsibility: Russell Glenn, Gina Kingston
ISBN: 0833037420, 0833040545, 9780833037428, 9780833040541
Note: Print version record.
Note: "Prepared for the United States Army."
Note: "RAND Arroyo Center."
Note: "MG-181-A"--Page 4 of cover.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-114).
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 114 pages)
Subject: Military doctrine United States.; Urban warfare.; Operation Restore Hope (1992-1993); POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; HISTORY Military Biological & Chemical Warfare.; Military doctrine.; Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1993.; Command and control systems United States.; Mogadishu (Somalia) History, Military 20th century.; Command and control systems.; Somalia Mogadishu.; United States. Army. Task Force Ranger.; United States.; United States. Army. Task Force Ranger History.; United States. Army.
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  1. Setting the Stage: The Urban Battle Command Environment
  2. A Call for Moving Urban Command and Control Doctrine into the 21st Century
  3. Challenges and Recommendations
  4. Conclusion.