John Spencer

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John Spencer serves as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies as the Modern War Institute and Co-Director of the Urban Warfare Project. Follow him at @SpencerGuard.
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Chair of Urban Warfare Studies/Modern War Institute

United States
Research Profile

Research military operations in urban areas, urban warfare, trends of urbanization, population growth, and rising urban violence

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“Getting Beyond Door Kicking: Four Tasks for Urban Warriors,” Modern War Institute, September 18, 2018

“While the North Korean Nuclear Button Cools, The Threat of The Underground Lingers,”Modern War Institute, August 31, 2018 (coauthored)

“Investing in understanding cities is investing in national security,” The Hill, August 6, 2018 (coauthored)

“The missing link to preparing for military operations in megacities and dense urban areas,” Army Times, July 20, 2018 (coauthored)

“Prepare the Army for the Future Urban Battlefield,” Army Magazine, 16 May 2018 (coauthored)

“War Books: Preparing for Urban Warfare,” Modern War Institute, 30 April 2018

“The Era of Urban Warfare is Already Here,” Foreign Policy Research Institute, 21 March 2018

“Sticker Shock: The World Just Got the Bill for Rebuilding War-Ravaged Cities in Iraq,” The Modern War Institute, 21 February 2018 (coauthored)

“A Soldier’s Urban Warfare Christmas Wish List,” The Modern War Institute, 19 December 2017

“How drone swarms could change urban warfare,” C4ISRNET, 11 December 2017

“America’s Mumbai,” The Modern War Institute, 17 October 2017

“Giving military equipment to police will not lead to safer streets,” The Hill, 20 September 2017, (coauthored)

“A Better Approach to Urban Operations: Treat Cities like Human Bodies,” The Modern War Institute, 13 September 2017, (coauthored)

“Why America Is Destroying Iraqi Cities to Save Them,” The National Interest, 23 August 2017

“The City Is the Battlefield of the Future,” The Wall Street Journal, 19 July 2017

“Three ‘War Hacks’ for Urban Combat,” The Modern War Institute, 03 July 2017

“So You Think the Army Can Avoid Fighting in Megacities,” The Modern War Institute, 16 May 2017, (coauthored)

“The Army Needs an Urban Warfare School and it Needs it Soon,” The Modern War Institute, 05 April 2017

“We don’t need more money to defeat ISIS. We need more stats,” The Hill, 22 March 2017, (coauthored)

“What an Army Megacities Unit Would Look Like,” The Modern War Institute, 08 March 2017

“It’s time to Create a Megacities Combat Unit,” The Modern War Institute, 31 January 2017

“Grenade Launchers and Bed Sheets: An Invisibility Kit for Urban Combat,” The Modern War Institute, 12 December 2016

“The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete,” The Modern War Institute, 14 November 2016

“Cadets discuss subterranean environments with NYC firefighters,” The Pointer View, 12 March 2015