Thursday, August 30, 2007

Urban Exercise Tests Novel 'DRAGON' Technology

Aware of their weaknesses in urban warfare tactics, U.S. Marines are experimenting with new technology that could help them fight more effectively in crowded cities.

The Marines spent several weeks testing urban combat equipment this summer, during Millennium Dragon—the Marine portion of the joint Defense Department experiment called Millennium Challenge 2002.

“The U.S. military is not ready to fight in MOUT [military operations in urban terrain] unless they are ready to take a lot of casualties,” said Marine Maj. Brian Homberg, from the Joint Forces Command. “It is not that they are not capable of doing so, but they want to be able to do it without taking a lot of casualties.”


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