The Five Must-Have Qualities of a Tactical Leader in Urban Warfare

The Five Must-Have Qualities of a Tactical Leader in Urban Warfare

Through this paper, Finabel aims at identifying the qualities a tactical leader should possess in general and with a specific focus on combat operation in an urban environment. In this report it is assumed that a tactical leader corresponds to a junior officer with the rank of sub-lieutenant or lieutenant and is in charge of a platoon of approximately 30 soldiers during operations. As post-modern, unconventional urban warfare has become the norm in today’s conflicts, tactical leaders have to cope with its specific features: quarter to quarter combat, blurred distinction between combatants and civilians, improvised explosive devices (IED), ambushes, short-range visibility, proximity with local population, restraints in the use of force, postmodern weaponry like drones, etc…

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