NEWS | July 12, 2017

Cyber Operational Considerations in Dense Urban Terrain

By Paul Maxwell, Andrew Hall, Dan Bennett

Thirtieth Corps began its attack on the city of Metropolis and its 12 million inhabitants. The Corps planners had done their homework on urban operations and had studied many historical predecessors such as Stalingrad and Hue. Initially the attack proceeded well. Over time however, enemy indirect fire accuracy seemed to defy expectations given a lack of detected observers. Patrols were increasingly ambushed and leaders were targeted at an abnormal frequency. Raids failed to produce the desired results as targets were seldom found where they were expected. It seemed that the opponent knew their every move before they were executed. It soon became clear that the enemy had more capability than our intelligence sources briefed. The attack on the dense urban area stalled without success.