- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 18, 2019

Future battlefields may require Marines to venture into “mega-cities” — and they dominate when called upon to do so.

The Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory recently put out a solicitation for academics and defense firms that could help American warfighters survive and thrive in densely populated urban areas.

Multiple experiments will be conducted between August 2019 and August 2023. The first round of testing will take place at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.

“Movement in urban environments requires the ability to traverse urban canyons, over walls and structures, in subterranean corridors, over buildings, and through structures,” an April 15 solicitation posted on the government contracting website FedBizOpps states, Military Times first reported Wednesday. “The warfighter needs the ability to clear the interior of structures that are multi-story, from the bottom up, top down, and/or to create entry breaches in the interior and exterior of these structures.”

Military officials seek to harness new technology and engineering innovations to help the front lines “speed of decision/action and lethality in dense urban environments,” the solicitation adds.

“Highly desired” by the Marines are indirect-fire systems capable of being employed “from concrete or asphalt that can be set up without advance preparation and effectively used to suppress or destroy,” the website reported.

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