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The likelihood of U.S. forces having to conduct combat in urban areas grows, today's leaders, military and civilian, are faced with future scenarios in which there will be more in the way of challenges than capabilities to address them. The author draws on a number of combat examples to show that understanding how best to allocate resources using such concepts as critical points and density can mean the difference between success and failure in urban warfare--and between life and death.

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Originally published in: Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute, Independent Forum for the Sea Services, February 2002, v. 128/2/1, 188, pp. 62-65.

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