Rep. Cook Supports New Urban Warfare Training Center
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) recently proposed language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require the Army to study the feasibility of building an Urban Warfare Training Center. The proposal directs the Secretary of the Army to submit a report outlining the Army’s plan to prepare its’ Soldiers to fight in a densely populated and complex urban setting, as well as the training required and equipment needed to operate in that type of environment.
Rep. Cook said, “As a former infantryman, I understand the need of our Armed Forces to look ahead and prepare for the next type of conflict should one occur. Our military is very proficient at so many tasks, but one area we need to take a closer look is how we’re preparing to fight in large urban centers. As populations around the globe continue to migrate and move towards metropolitan environments, the chances of our military experiencing a fight in those conditions is becoming more of a possibility. The more we train for that scenario now, the better we will be prepared. This proposal is a step in the right direction that will afford the Army the opportunity to look at training, manning, and equipping a force designed to fight in an urban environment.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.