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    Default Policing in the time of urbicide: the many, not the few

    A short newspaper article by Zoha Waseem, a Karachi student studying @ Kings College War Studies:http://tribune.com.pk/story/919102/p...e-of-urbicide/

    Her outlook is global, not Karachi-bound.

    From the realm of urban security studies emerge three relatively young frameworks for understanding conflicts in cities: urban securitisation, new military urbanism and urbicide.

    (Later) It is imperative that we reorient our internal security policies towards the urban citizen and prioritise citizen security
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    Default Urban / City Warfare (merged thread)

    City As a System Analytical Framework: A Structured Analytical Approach to Understanding and Acting in Urban Environments

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    Default Report: Latin American Governments Fail to Tackle Booming Urban Slums

    Report: Latin American Governments Fail to Tackle Booming Urban Slums

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    Default More Migrants Heading to Cities

    More Migrants Heading to Cities

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    Default Islamic State Becoming Urban Guerrilla Threat

    Islamic State Becoming Urban Guerrilla Threat

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    Default The front line could be underground

    David Betz has two articles on this topic this month. First on WoTR a review of training offered by the IDF acting as a catalyst for his thinking, which starts with:
    I traveled recently to Israel to visit a state-of-the-art military training facility in the southern Negev Desert opened by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) last year. The facility, at the Tze’elim army base, is meant to simulate urban operations of the kind the Israelis have so often faced in their conflicts with Palestinian and Lebanese militants. Though the degree of emphasis the IDF has placed on military operations in urban terrain has waxed and waned, since the mid-1980s at least it has maintained an extensive training infrastructure for this purpose...
    Link:http://warontherocks.com/2015/12/pee...are-in-israel/

    (added) Vice News has a 11 minute video report, from July 20154, on the IDF training facility:https://news.vice.com/video/war-game...-urban-warfare

    Curiously he notes the Bundeswehr were training there.

    On Kings of War a longer article, with some historical sketches to enhance the arguments:http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2015/12/thi...-underground/?
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    Default IISS Webinar: Combating violence and organised crime in mega-cities

    A hour long voice only podcast on the IISS You Tube channel explained as:
    This webinar with Antnio Sampaio, IISS Research Associate for Security and Development, analyses the conduct of recent stability operations within large and mega-cities, with a particular emphasis on Latin America. Cities such as Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Medelln (Colombia) have developed an innovative response involving law enforcement, military and development tools for urban security.
    Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNZFRnepKaA
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    Default Mad Scientist Conference: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas

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    Default Urban Combat in Iraq: Ramadi Civilians Force Adjustment in Fight Against Islamic Stat

    Urban Combat in Iraq: Ramadi Civilians Force Adjustment in Fight Against Islamic State

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    Default Bringing big data to operations in megacities

    Hat tip to WoTR for this article. Urban warfare features here regularly, e.g David Killcullen has argued the USA must prepare for operations in mega-cities. One aspect of such operations is having intelligence and the author argues:
    America’s enemies see the advantages of the seemingly impenetrable clutter that dominates the modern city. The Army’s current approach to learning about this environment is to seek the diamonds scattered amidst this clutter. What we are missing, though, is that the clutter itself is the jewel. Enormous amounts of readily available data can reveal more about a city, its population, and the nefarious actors residing there than we could have imagined before. To truly understand this environment the Army must fundamentally change its approach to understanding the environment: It must adopt a holistic approach enabled by big data analytics.
    Link:http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/bri...-mega-cities/?

    I don't doubt there is data in such places as Lagos, Nigeria, but how can the fullest picture be created? Mobile / cell phone data is one part and given the level of governance how much data exists that can be accessed and in a format that the USA and others can use?

    Here is one passage on phone data:
    There are currently almost 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, nearly overtaking the world’s population. While access to the data that this brings can be useful in rural areas, it is truly invaluable in large urban environments where aggregate data can reveal social trends, groupings, and fault lines that give leaders significant clarity about the social and physical landscape. If used correctly, it’s like handing the commander what MIT’s Sandy Pentland calls a “socio-scope” that allows him to see and track things in real time that he could never see before.
    The article has many links; one is for this SWJ piece:http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art...-perspective-0

    There is another thread of vale: Intelligence, data and COIN http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=5149
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    Default Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Study of Urban Conflict and Multinational Operations

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    Default Unmanned Systems in Support of Future Medical Operations in Dense Urban Environments

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    Default Urban / City Warfare (merged thread)

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    Default Technical Challenges for Simulation and Training in Megacities

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    Default Megacities: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Megacities: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Default Urban / City Warfare (merged thread)

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    Default Mad Scientist Speaker Series: Megacities and Dense Urban Areas

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    Default Megacities and Dense Urban Environments: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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