To counter gangs, Springfield adopts tactics from war zones
US soldiers’ strategies to stop insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan have found a new application in an odd place: the tough neighborhoods of Springfield. State and local police, led by troopers who learned counterinsurgency in foreign war zones, are using similar techniques in an attempt to combat gang violence. And there are early indications the experiment is working, according to an analysis by Harvard students. They hope their efforts will yield lessons for police in the United States and warriors abroad.