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UPDATED: 14:08, May 26, 2005
US conducts joint urban war game
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The US Marine Corps and the US Joint Forces Command are hosting the "Joint Urban Warrior," a seminar style war game, this week to prepare the military for future urban operations, the US military said Wednesday.

The annual war game staged at the William F. Bolger Leadership Facility in Potomac, Maryland, just outside the nation's capital, is the culmination of a 10-month pathway consisting of conferences, workshops, seminars and planning events, said Rick Long of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command Public Affairs Office.

The game, which started Sunday and will end Thursday, was designed for the 2015 timeframe with a spotlight on a Three Block War -- the close or simultaneous conduct of combat, stability and support, as well as humanitarian operations.

Equipped with advanced technologies and in a realistic backdrop, it involves the military, coalition partners, other government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The event is being attended by over 250 representatives from the US military and its NATO allies including Britain, Canada and France.

More than half of the participants have experience serving either in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the wargaming public affairs office.

The US Joint Forces Command, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is one of the nine unified commands in the Defense Department. With a force of more than 5,000, the command develops and tests future concepts for joint warfighting.

Source: Xinhua

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