This month, the 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard, is convening a course for division and brigade staff officers and noncommissioned officers aimed at developing the skills needed to plan successful large-scale combat operations in major urban areas. The only course of its kind in the world, this is the third time it will be held.

In this episode of the Urban Warfare Project Podcast, John Spencer is joined by Brig. Gen. Robert Wooldridge, the deputy commanding general for operations of the 40th Infantry Division. He describes the course, explaining some of the changes made from previous iterations as the course organizers work to best prepare students for the unique challenges of urban warfare. He also shares some of the lessons learned from the course and discusses his expectations for the third round, about to begin at Joint Forces Training Base – Los Alamitos.

If you haven’t already heard it, be sure to listen to the first episode about the course. You can listen to this episode below or find it on Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotifyTuneIn, or your favorite podcast app. Be sure to subscribe, and if you’re enjoying the Urban Warfare Project Podcast, please take a minute and leave the podcast a review or give it a rating!

Note: This episode was originally recorded and released after the second iteration of the course, in 2022.

Image credit: 40th ID Urban Warfare Center