Re-Examining Tomorrow's Battlefield: Taking the Fight into the Cities

  • June 15, 2003
  • COL Steven M Jones

A re-examination of urban warfare is needed—a new strategic warfighting paradigm and mandate for change. The urban environment provides advantages to adversaries that U.S. forces can ill afford. Cities, our future battlefields, demand a shift in warfighting strategy beyond the scope of the U.S. Department of Defense. Preparing for the future requires a broader concept for National Security; it requires a practical, resourced, and exceedingly well-trained interagency fighting force, rather than a theoretical interagency concept or a military force expected to do it all.