Urban Warfare Project

--- John Spencer ---

As the world becomes more urban, military forces must be prepared for cities to become battlefields. The Urban Warfare Project podcast, from the Modern War Institute at West Point, features conversations with practitioners and scholars and sets out to explore the unique characteristics of urban warfare.
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Latest Episodes…

  1. A Talk With The US Army’s Underground Warfare Expert

    In this episode of MWI’s Urban Warfare Project Podcast, John Spencer is joined by retired Sgt. Maj. Joe Vega. He works for the US Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group and is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts in underground warfare. In the conversation, you’ll hear him discuss the history of the ...


  2. A Senior Enlisted Perspective on Combat in Megacities

    This episode of the Urban Warfare Project Podcast features a conversation with Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Hendrex. Currently serving as the command sergeant major of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, he was previously a member of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group. During that assignment, he was ...


  3. Attacking the City of Razish

    In this episode, John Spencer is joined by three guests. Col. Michael Simmering is the Commander Operations Group at the National Training Center. Lt. Col. Andrew Steadman and Lt. Neil Col. Myers are both observer controllers there. They discuss the urban operations training available at NTC—including the culminating event, the attack on ...


  4. Fighting ISIS in the City

    In this episode, John Spencer is joined by Maj. Gen. Roger Noble. An officer in the Australian Army, in 2016 he served as the deputy commanding general of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve. He shares insights, lessons, and personal experiences about overcoming the unique challenges ...


  5. Is Urban Combat the Great Equalizer?

    This episode features John Spencer's discussion with Col. Douglas Winton, chair of the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations at the US Army War College. They tackle the question of whether urban terrain strips a militarily superior attacking force of its advantages and grants a weaker, defending force a ...