Category Archives: Strategy and Policy

Issues related to games about the formulation of strategy and policy

MUST READ! Changing DoD’s Analysis Paradigm – The Science of War Gaming and Combat/Campaign Simulation by Dr. John Hanley

There are times when the right person, who has been at the right places, puts that experience together and says something really important that “speaks truth to power” as they say. Dr. John Hanley’s piece in the new Naval War … Continue reading

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Wargaming – Does “better” mean more Art, or more Science?

Dr. Perla’s paper on the recent calls for reinvigorating wargaming within DoD has generated a lot of fascinating discussion, particularly on the Simulating War Yahoo Group. (If you are not aware of Dr. Phil Sabin’s “Simulating War” group and have … Continue reading

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Peter Perla on “Work – ing” Wargaming

Last November, in a memo on innovation Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stated: “A reinvigorated wargaming effort will develop and test alternative ways of achieving out strategic objectives and help us think more clearly about the future security environment.” This … Continue reading

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Presentations on wargaming from Virtual MORS 81.1

This year MORS has offered a “virtual” symposium, part of which is unclassified and includes (*gasp*) foreigners. Two of those presentations directly addressed professional wargaming, and have been summarized at PAXsims: Ellie Bartels (and Deirdre Hollingshed) on “Can your game multi-task?” Brian Train on … Continue reading

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North Korea wargame compendium

Given the success of the previous (and ongoing) Israel vs Iran wargame compendium, I thought it might be a good time to start a similar listing of wargames dealing with a potential future conflict in the Korean peninsula. The listing includes commercial/hobby … Continue reading

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Connections Game Lab: The Real-Life Spin-Off

Several people have asked about possible follow-on activities from the GameLab sessions on HADR operations and Haiti earthquake relief that were featured at the Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference. Indeed we do plan to put together a group to refine … Continue reading

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And they just keep coming….

In recent weeks the continuing policy debate over a possible Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities has become all the more interesting, with the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service criticizing the Netanyahu government for excessive willingness … Continue reading

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The Power of Gaming

Hat tip to Jim Lewis 😉 International Security and Relations Network has a weeklong series on “The Power of Gaming” this week. I am a bit pressed for time this week, so I will post the links now and will … Continue reading

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Israel vs Iran wargame compendium

Given Paul’s last post on Persian Incursion, I thought it might be useful to pull together a summary of recent serious wargames regarding a potential Israeli (or US) strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. For obvious reasons, this list only includes … Continue reading

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In case you missed it…more from Michael Peck

This time in Foreign Policy The Persian Incursion The result is a recurring gig for Michael to post about gaming at Foreign Policy mag. Congrats to Micheal and to FP mag for giving serious gaming some love… The article talks … Continue reading

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