With an increased likelihood that that next major global conflict will be fought in densely populated cities, the Army should consider constructing an urban warfare training center, according to directive report language in the portion of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill authored by the House Armed Services’ Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. “The committee is particularly concerned with the Army’s lack of realistic training sites that reflect the scale and density of real-world urban operating environments,” the panel says. The center should focus on “basic and advanced skills to fight, survive and win in urban operating environments,” lawmakers say.
The panel directs the Army to brief the full committee by Feb. 1, 2019, on its plan for urban warfare training, which should include:
- a description of costs associated with an urban warfare training program; and
- a feasibility study for the construction of a training center.
The subcommittee is scheduled to markup its section of the policy bill Thursday.
Army photo by Sgt. Joseph Truckley