Urban warfare can take many forms, from guerrilla attacks to militia patrols to gang violence, but fighting in cities and towns — where civilians are at risk and combatants can hide more easily — is markedly different from combat in a more open or defined theater of operations. Determining how to assess enemies, mount a defense, and protect civilians is a focus of urban warfare research at RAND.
Research conducted by:
RAND Arroyo Center;
RAND National Security Research Division;
RAND Project AIR FORCE
Research Briefs (2)
The authors identify factors critical to the coalition victory over Jaish al-Mahdi in the 2008 Battle of Sadr City and describe a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas.
Discusses the challenges posed by light infantry opponents and presents new operational concepts that may help meet such challenges.