Complex Terrain: Megacities and the Changing Character of Urban Operations

Complex Terrain: Megacities and the Changing Character of Urban Operations
Title:
Complex Terrain: Megacities and the Changing Character of Urban Operations
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ISBN:
9780160954344
Description

This book explores military operations, including indirect support to other interagency actors and functions in dense urban terrain and megacities. A definition of Dense urban terrain can be described as urban areas with high population densities that, in the developing world, that often outstrip the capacity of local governance systems to exert formal control. The term megacity describes a city with a population of 10 million or more. These environments define patterns of human settlement. In 1950, only 30 percent of the world’s population lived in cities compared to more than 55 percent in 2018. Much of this growth is concentrated in large, urban centers that connect a global flow of goods and ideas. By 2030, there will be more than 40 of these "megacities.”

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Foreword xi

Introduction 3 

CHAPTER ONE 11

Third World Megacities: An Illusion of Control

CHAPTER TWO 52

Territorialization of the Megacity: Exploiting Social Borders

CHAPTER THREE 75

The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Implications for Future Urban Combat 

CHAPTER FOUR 93

ISIL’s Territorial Logic of Urban Control in Mosul and ar-Raqqah: City as a System Analytical Framework

CHAPTER FIVE 111

Distributed Influence: Enabling Maneuver in a Megacity 

CHAPTER SIX 140

Coordinating Chaos: Integrating Capabilities in Future Urban Conflict

CHAPTER SEVEN 156

Joint Combined Arms Maneuver in the Megacity: Learning to Thrive in Chaos

CHAPTER EIGHT 181

Cyberspace in the Megacity: Thickening the Fog of War?

CHAPTER NINE 212

Take It, Don’t Break It: A Megacity Concept of Operations 

CHAPTER TEN 234

Symbiotic Warfare: Resource Competition and Conflict

CHAPTER ELEVEN 263

Air Domain Dominance in a Megacity 

CHAPTER TWELVE 291

Virtual Resistance Networks: Enabling and Protecting Electronic Information Flows in the Megacity

CONTENTS vii

CHAPTER THIRTEEN 311

The City Prism: A Triangle of Urban Military Operations 

CONCLUSION The Military Implications of Complex Terrain 344

Appendix: The World’s Largest Megacities 361

Glossary of Select Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms 367

Index 371

Audience

Military leaders, political scientists, urban planners, social scientists

Product Details

Availability Details:
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USA Price:
$35.00
International Price:
$49.00
Publisher:
Defense Dept., Navy, Marine Corps University Press
Author:
  • Jenson, Benjamin M.
Key Phrases:
  • Urban Operations
  • Cities
  • Megacities
Weight:
1.75
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Paper
Unit of Issue (US):
1
Unit of Issue (Non-US):
1
Record Creation Date:
10/22/2019
Last Status Update:
02/13/2020
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