During Urban Resolve 2015 (UR2015), U.S. Joint Forces Command and partners from across the services and the government are aiming to examine the challenges which come with operating in cities. This 3-phase ‘experiment’/exercise is actually a distributed simulation of 19 sites and over 1,000 people. The Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps have integrated their systems into the U.S. Joint Forces Command system for it, and representatives from 12 other nations are participating. So are members of other US federal agencies, such as the State Department, Commerce and Justice. The template city for the experiment? Baghdad, Iraq.
USJFCOM Joint Futures Lab executive director Dave Ozolek said the experiment is enabling the command to get inside two concepts: First, how does the U.S. military operate in the new urban environment? Because “That’s where the fight is, that’s where the enemy is, that where the center of gravity for the whole operation is.” It’s more than the classic MOUT(Military Operations in Urban Terrain) because “…the environment is not only terrain, it’s infrastructure, it’s culture, it’s governance, it’s rule of law, it’s legality, food, water, fire and safety and all of those things that make up a complex environment of a city,” This feeds into the second concept, which is stabilization operations that can stabilize the situation in a city, then transition to local control.
The experiment is testing seven solutions for urban operations capability gaps, using a networked system that lets decisions and actions made by each participant operate in real time. These solutions are described in more detail in this article, and include:
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