Honing the Keys to the City: Refining the United States Marine Corps Reconnaissance Force for Urban Ground Combat Operations

By Russell W. Glenn; Jamison Jo Medby et al. | Go to book overview

SUMMARY
The following analysis was undertaken at the request of the Commanding General, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), Quantico, Virginia. The project had three primary components:
Identify service shortfalls in the area of urban combat ground reconnaissance.
Evaluate experimental work being conducted by the MCWL in the above area.
Provide input to assist in the creation of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for the subject area.

The focal period for the analysis is the immediate future, out to approximately five years from the present. The level of concern is tactical as opposed to operational or strategic, though the three are continuously interdependent, and there will thus be operational and strategic implications of the following discussion. While technological considerations were to be a part of the final product, they were not to dominate.

This report incorporates research and analysis in support of the first and third tasks identified above. The research and analysis involving the second will appear as a separate document.

The methodology employed involved literature searches of pertinent English language publications, including but by no means limited to doctrinal manuals for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), U.S. Army, and British Army. An extensive interview program complemented these investigations of written sources. A common characteristic among

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Glossary xix
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Shortfalls in USMC Urban Ground Combat Reconnaissance 11
  • Chapte Three - Urban Ground Combat Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures Considerationsm 39
  • Chapter Four - Conclusion 91
  • Appendix - USMC Urban Ground Reconnaissance Shortfalls 93
  • Bibliography 99
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