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Using Operation Panther’s Claw as a case study, Nick Reynolds identifies tactical and operational combat lessons from the Helmand campaign that are relevant to warfighting at scale. Future conflicts will be hybrid, will include an asymmetric threat, and are more likely to occur in complex or urban terrain. British forces will have to fight dispersed and in depth. They must be capable of retaining mobility, must have a high level of organic lethality to compensate for the difficulties with establishing mutual support, and be prepared to fight intermingled with regular and irregular enemy forces as operational penetration will be inevitable.
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