More on the Urban Warfare Planners Course

The US Army’s First Urban Warfare Planners Course

(photo: Modern War Institute website)

A couple of weeks ago I posted a news item on the first ever Urban Warfare Planners Course, run by the staff of the 40th Infantry Division in California. News you can use

The Urban Warfare Project at the US Military Academy, Modern Warfare Institute has posted a very good podcast where they interviewed BG Robert Wooldridge, deputy commanding general for support about this first course – how it came about, what it is intended to do, and where they want it to go. Normally I do not have the time or patience to listen to podcasts but I did this one. You should too!

https://mwi.usma.edu/the-us-armys-first-urban-warfare-planners-course/

Podcast includes just a few tantalizing details of the tabletop exercise they ran, facilitated by LTC Luke Gygax (yes, the son of That Gygax, he serves in the California National Guard) on the adventures of a multinational task force engaging in combat operations in a dense urban area against a peer enemy. Factions included US forces, Allied forces, Civilians, the Enemy, and a Criminal element. Dice were rolled and chaos ensued!

This is inspiring me to return to work on an idea I had a while ago, the Scaleable Urban Combat Kriegsspiel… I had thought about the District Commander system could be useful as a manual system the Army could use for tabletop exercises, and it quite likely is, but perhaps I could work out something even easier to get into than District Commander Maracas. I easily forget how far these manual games lie outside “ordinary” people’s experience and frame of reference.

[ETA: A later post about their thoughts on offering the course, and what they plan to do next: https://mwi.usma.edu/what-we-learned-creating-the-armys-first-urban-planners-course]

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4 Responses to More on the Urban Warfare Planners Course

  1. Pete S/ SP says:

    I struggle with podcasts. I’m too restless to just sirt and listen- that said I’ll give this one a try.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • brtrain says:

      I wish there were some way to generate transcripts of podcasts, just so you don’t have to sit and listen to them. Meeting software like MS Teams generates subtitles (albeit comically bad ones, at least when I talk), could they be saved to make a transcript?

  2. Glad you enjoyed the podcast and the written article. I would love to work with you on your Scaleable Urban Combat Kriegsspiel idea . . . Perhaps it could be a useful tool in teaching the course. I also mentor a group of officers and NCOs who wargame every opportunity we get; we’d love to have you over if you are in Southern California and we can get schedules to align.

    I’ll reach out to you via email.

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