Other Complexities of the Urban Fight (Part VII)

ious articles have introduced the 12 challenges of urban warfare, explaining the issues of attitude, complications imposed by physical structures and the first of the complexities introduced by the presence of people. This, the concluding article in the series, looks at the three other challenges generated by the presence of people and the political consequences.

These are the impact of media, the obligation of military forces to look after the welfare of non-combatant populations, civilian pushback and the functional overload on commanders that flows from the people and politics that are inseparable from urban war. The first of these is intuitive.

Challenge nine – Global Media Display describes the vulnerability caused by the conjunction of increasing military importance of public opinion locally, domestically and internationally with an increased presence of and vantage points for, conventional and new media and their recording and transmitting devices.  Read Full Article »

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