This paper presents a fictional account by a company commander of six urban battles, the last two taking place 24 years in the future. While the situations described in this paper are fiction, the challenges it presents are all too real. Although the lessons learned from these battles can be used to improve training or operations in the field, the author believes that, despite technological advances, urban combat will continue to make extraordinary demands on those who undertake it-even given well-trained commanders and combatants-and that the costs of urban operations will continue to be exceedingly high in the future.
Glenn, Russell W., An Attack on Duffer's Downtown. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2001. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P8058-1.html. Also available in print form.
Glenn, Russell W., An Attack on Duffer's Downtown, RAND Corporation, P-8058-1, 2001. As of December 7, 2023: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P8058-1.html