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By Jamison Jo Medby

Deals improvements to the intelligence training of the battlefield (IPB) approach to enhance its usefulness for city operations.

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Introduction 7 already pointed out, the complexity of a city requires a thorough and flexible approach to intelligence collection, integration, and analysis. IPB is capable of handling these dilemmas with some modifications. Those modifications, which will help IPB to be better suited for urban operations, are the subject of this work. Some of the topics that will be discussed include the following: • Traditional terrain analysis should include a comprehensive assessment of urban construction. What materials are used?

The overall population is composed of several groups, each with its own interests. Relationships between groups might be congenial, hostile, or dependent. Challenges Posed by Urbanized Terrain 33 Understanding this diversity and complexity requires a significant amount of mental effort and flexibility. The cultural tendencies of urban residents might be very different from what American soldiers are accustomed to. Food, habits, living conditions, laws, religious customs, and beliefs may initially distance a soldier from the city’s residents.

They dictate where buildings can be con- Challenges Posed by Urbanized Terrain 27 structed and how streets align, thereby influencing a unit’s scheme of maneuver. In addition, the slope of roads within urban areas often follows the underlying terrain’s natural contours. These examples suggest that the terrain features within an urban area remain critical to unit operations and thus must be included in the overall terrain analysis of a city. 3, Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain, and FM 34-130/MCRP2-12A, Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (Coordinating Draft), particularly the new appendix “IPB for MOUT,” address how to investigate the underlying terrain of a city.

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