Episode 64 of the Irregular Warfare Podcast explores the interplay between urban spaces and irregular warfare.
Our guests begin by examining how demographic and economic shifts are increasing the importance of urban centers around the globe. They then explore the realities of urban combat and the ways that densely populated areas and local politics can complicate irregular warfare activities, specifically discussing the question of whether urban spaces favor the insurgent or the government. They end with a conversation about how the United States can address shortcomings in its force structure and training to optimize its approach to urban conflict in the twenty-first century.
John Spencer served over twenty-five years in the Army as an infantry soldier. He is currently the chair of urban warfare studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point, where he leads the Urban Warfare Project and hosts the Urban Warfare Project Podcast. His new book, Understanding Urban Warfare, which he coauthored with Dr. Liam Collins, serves as the anchor for today’s conversation.
Sergeant Major Charles Ritter is a Special Forces soldier and currently serves as the deputy commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at the US Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is also the producer of the Pineland Underground Podcast and has over twelve combat deployments with extensive experience in leading US soldiers in urban environments.
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