Accession Number : ADA300998

Title :   MOUT Art: Operational Planning Considerations for MOUT.

Descriptive Note : Monograph,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MIL ITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Preysler, Charles A.

PDF Url : ADA300998

Report Date : 23 MAY 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This study considers whether there are specific operational level considerations for conducting offensive urban operations. A survey of the last several conflicts indicate the importance of cities. A worldwide trend toward urbanization and a realization that many cities are key or decisive to the attainment of operational or strategic objectives leads one to the conclusion that future military operations will involve the use of force or forces in an urban area. Despite the importance and likelihood of urban conflict, Army tactical doctrine continues to emphasize the avoidance of conducting MOUT. The facts suggest that avoiding built-up areas is no longer practical. Clearly, the U.S. must be prepared to fight this type of unavoidable combat. The American public demands that the U.S. conduct campaigns that result in quick, decisive victory at a low cost. The U.S. can reduce the costs, but cannot eliminate the costs totally. This paper then examines current doctrine for Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT). Two historical reviews serve as examples of urban combat at the operational level. These historical trends are next compared with existing MOUT doctrine to assess its sufficiency. The study concludes with recommendations for operational planners to consider when developing campaign plans that involve urban operations.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY PLANNING, *URBAN WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), GLOBAL, LOW COSTS, MILITARY DOCTRINE, ATTACK, TERRAIN, COSTS, PLANNING, HISTORY, PATTERNS, ARMY, MILITARY TACTICS, URBAN AREAS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE