Urban Warfare: NATO Issues RFP For Training To Fight In Big Cities With "Dense, Interconnected Populations"

Throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, then candidate Trump frequently criticized NATO as “obsolete” and repeatedly knocked allies for not paying their “fair share.”

Then, in a shocking reversal, Trump hosted a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg, just a few months after moving into the White House, in which he declared: "I said it was obsolete.  It's no longer obsolete."

"The Secretary General and I had a productive discussion about what more NATO could do in the fight against terrorism.  I complained about that a long time ago and they made a change.  And now they do fight terrorism.  I said it was obsolete.  It's no longer obsolete."


Well, it now seems he may have been right in the first instance.  According to a new request for pricing (RFP) from NATO entitled, "Development of NATA Military Operations In Urban Environment Concept," NATO forces are "not sufficiently organized, trained, or equipped to  comprehensively understand and execute precise operations" in modern urban environments.  Here's how NATO defines their problem:

Problem statement: NATO is not sufficiently organized, trained, or equipped to  comprehensively understand and execute precise operations across the maritime, cyberspace, land, air, space dimensions/domains in order to create desired effects in an emergent complex, urban littoral system possessing a dense, interconnected population.


So why the sudden interest in urban warfare?  NATO's RFP conveniently cites urban population statistics from the United Nations as its justification but that's hardly a new trend so it will undoubtedly leave the cynics among us a bit skeptical.

Projections by the United Nations indicate that by the year 2035 the world population will increase to 8.7 billion people, an increase of 1.4 billion people, and that most of this growth will take place in developing countries and in urban areas. Currently 80% of the global population lives on or within 100 km of the coast; this also will likely continue. The SFA1 2013 Report – including 2015 Interim Update Report and the FFAO2 2015 have identified this trend of urbanisation as a potential instability situation for NATO. The world as a whole passed the 50% urban mark seven years ago. Estimates are that five billion people live in cities with two billion of these living in slums. It is also estimated that 1.4 million people worldwide migrate to cities each week. Studies, based upon global demographic trends, suggest that an increasing percentage of armed conflicts will likely be fought in urban surroundings.

But, irrespective of the motivation, one thing is certain...modernizing an "obsolete" international force is going to be expensive.  Perhaps it's time for Trump to write up some new invoices...


szponiasty Fri, 08/18/2017 - 02:55 Permalink

It's obvious that no elections will change anything, as the real, true power is within military-industrial-complex and all the monopolies created by early capitalism corporations, organised around it. Only decentralisation of power could make a difference. But you can't vote that in. People must leave the system en masse on their own. And this is not likely to happen anytime soon (if ever). Capitalism, socialism - same XIX-th century bullshit - won't make any change for better. Besides: why do people wan't to constantly repeat systems, that turned out to be complete failures?

Kotzbomber747 (not verified) bigbenbillybob Fri, 08/18/2017 - 04:21 Permalink

Americans are sheep and Trump doesn't have a clue what he's talking about. One moment NATO is obsolete, the next it's not.

Trump is a waffling, bullshitting, flip-flopping idiot, and anyone who believes that he will drain the swamp is incredibly naive. He said repeatedly that he wants to INCREASE military spending, and since the MIC = The Swamp, nothing will change except that the swamp will get a lot more swampier.

However, it's also typically American to believe those 'get super muscular in just 5 minutes per day' infomercials, so the disappointment will be 'yuge' when those rednecks find out that they have been lied to....again.

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A_Huxley BuddyEffed Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:54 Permalink

For weekends over generations they been running around in warm comfy uniforms defending the Fulda Gap.Good pay and conditions, nice food, a pension.  Pretty medals for been awake and working on a new computer.With all the changes to what the EU is and its welcome to all policy?NATO is going to have to reskill for a domestic Stalingrad.  House to house, door to door in the snow.

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Lore szponiasty Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:31 Permalink

History will repeat as long as the same sub-type of humans slithers its way to the top of every organization. It's just a matter of time before the system corrupts, and down we go again. We must find a more effective, lasting way to screen for and eliminate psychopaths in positions of power. Political Ponerology:  A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes

"If the many managerial positions are assumed by individuals deprived of sufficient abilities to feel and understand the majority of other people, and who also exhibit deficiencies in technical imagination and practical skills - (faculties indispensable for governing economic and political matters) - this then results in an exceptionally serious crisis in all areas, both within the country in question and with regard to international relations. Within, the situation becomes unbearable even for those citizens who were able to feather their nest into a relatively comfortable modus vivendi.  Outside, other societies start to feel the pathological quality of the phenomenon quite distinctly.  Such a state of affairs cannot last long.  One must then be prepared for ever more rapid changes, and also behave with great circumspection." (2nd. ed., p. 140)

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css1971 szponiasty Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:56 Permalink

You are not looking at reality.Our society today is corporatist not capitalist. The power they have btw is your need for money. it comes from the demand for the currency. You can easily reduce their power by rejecting their money.At an individual level, trade it for something of value, pass it on as quickly as you can.You can get a lump of silver for $20.

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Hkan Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:01 Permalink

Once we understand we r nothin but animals it gets logical.Overpopulated species gets corrected by nature. Thats us. Here and now.This what (i think) deep state plan for.Nuks on the option agenda is a start. To many nuke freaks gets trigger odds higher.We are acording to law of nature about to correct ourselves. Logical and correct. Tellus had enough...of us

Blue Steel 309 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:09 Permalink

Myself and thousands of other veterans of Iraq could take down entire battalions of inexperienced troops with just a few hands and some basic munitions. In Urban Warfare.

I helped write the book on COIN.

Crazy Or Not Blue Steel 309 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 05:15 Permalink

Can this be similar to the story of the Brit soldiers in Northern Ireland?30+ years of troops, guard towers, helicopters and all the powers of State...and they still couldn't hold it....Franco in Spain did though, he just put artilary on the hills and shelled Barcelona and cut the food off. (today drones/airstrikes)Seige until capitulation.... brutal and very NOT Geneva Convention. I'm guessing you expect it will get Aleppo messy?

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CRM114 Crazy Or Not Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:54 Permalink

No.There are several points about Norn Iron.Firstly, the proddies were treating the catholics badly, and this took a long time to (mostly) fix.Secondly, the biggest problem was funding for the IRA, and very little was done about this. The end only started when the US public stopped funding the IRA after 9/11.Thirdly, there were far too many people being locked up for life for Being Irish, which not only supplies new recruits butalso leaves the real killers on the streets to do it again.Fourthly, the RoE imposed on the troops, especially the special troops,made serious interdiction of most IRA attacks impossible.So "All the powers of State" is a misnomer - the politicians were, as they are now, a bunch of spineless idiots.

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pluto the dog Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:15 Permalink

Theyre gearing up to be able to fight the muslim newcomers in the european countries - the ones they let in their fucking tens of thousands - the ones who are now flexing their muscles (and their penises) in those same welcoming european countries

Lore Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:34 Permalink

How does Mr. Trump intend to deal with state sponsors of terror?Is this a new 'Anti-ISIS' for their 'ISIS?'Who's gonna pay for all this?

css1971 Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:32 Permalink

Cheaper solution.Compulsory military service. Militia. Issue a standard rifle and sidearm to every person.Switzerland's army is almost as large as the US.

Twee Surgeon Fri, 08/18/2017 - 03:36 Permalink

"Dense interconnected populations". Some truth in that. If you are ever in the UK and someone tells you you're Dense it's not a compliment about your Ab's or Body mass Index rating.

BritBob Fri, 08/18/2017 - 05:22 Permalink

Germans need to spend more on NATO -Spending on NATO – Percentage of GDP 2016 - United States, 3.61%. Greece, 2.38%. Britain, 2.21%. Estonia, 2.16%. Poland, 2%. France, 1.78%. Turkey, 1.56%. Norway, 1.54%. Lithuania, 1.49%. Romania, 1.48%. Latvia, 1.45%. Portugal, 1.38%. Bulgaria, 1.35%. Croatia, 1.23%. Albania, 1.21%. Germany, 1.19%. Denmark, 1.17%. Netherlands, 1.17%. (NATO Stats published by CNN 18 July 2016)

esum Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:11 Permalink