Wargame Business: Wargames in Military and Corporate Settings

US Naval War College Review – In recent decades, corporations have turned to wargaming techniques to assess strategic environments and evaluate potential scenarios. The rich history of wargaming and its evolution as a tool for predicting success make it a useful corporate instrument. The lessons learned in business and military games can inform each other to create more-effective gaming outcomes.


Modern War Institute – The Army Mad Scientist team executed its 2019 Science Fiction Writing Contest to glean insights about the future fight with a near-peer competitor in 2030. The team received seventy-seven submissions from both within and outside of the Department of Defense. The following story was one of four finalists.


Modern War Institute – The Army Mad Scientist team executed its 2019 Science Fiction Writing Contest to glean insights about the future fight with a near-peer competitor in 2030. The team received seventy-seven submissions from both within and outside of the Department of Defense. The following story was the winning entry and was submitted by Col. Jasper Jeffers. This story features future disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented humans, and robotics.

US military complex is a ‘malignant virus’ that’s evolved to defend itself – Andrew Cockburn

RT – The US military industrial complex has grown into a self-sustaining organism with an immune system that attacks and smothers any threat to its food supply – the taxpayers’ money, writes renowned defense analyst Andrew Cockburn.

Iran’s elite naval forces said to pass skills to proxy fighters

Reuters – U.S. officials are now concerned that Iran has passed its naval combat expertise on to proxy forces in the region, whom Washington blames for attacks against four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Study Says Navy Logistics Fleet Would Fall Short in High-End Fight

USNI News – The Navy is struggling to find support to buy new logistics ships, even as a new study finds the Navy’s current plans to recapitalize that logistics fleet are insufficient to support distributed operations in a high-end fight against China or Russia.

Andrew Erickson and Ryan Martinson on China and the Maritime Gray Zone

The Diplomat – How China thinks about and acts in the maritime gray zone, and what that means for the region’s future.

Navy Planning Aggressive Unmanned Ship Prototyping, Acquisition Effort

USNI News – The Navy has tightly coupled early prototyping efforts and future acquisition efforts for medium and large unmanned surface vehicles, to speed up the time it will take to experiment with the vessels and get them fielded to fleet commanders.

Pacific Island Nations Want More U.S. Engagement

USNI News – Islanders have the impression they “have been tacked on at the end,” as an “afterthought” when the United States announces a strategy that covers Oceania.

Navy Wary of Growing Costs While It Ramps Up Ops

Breaking Defense – The Navy is adding more ships as quickly as possible, even as it grapples with how it’s going to pay the costs to keep them afloat once it gets them.

Former Navy Intel Officer: Chinese Navy ‘Very Competent,’ Getting Better

USNI News – China’s rise as a naval power goes well beyond its growing number of ships and submarines but the People’s Liberation Army Navy growing capability to operate jointly with the Chinese air force and rocket corps.

Spanish Frigate Drops Out of Lincoln Strike Group Over U.S. Iran Stance

USNI News – A Spanish guided-missile frigate is temporarily dropping out to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group over the U.S. shift in operations toward Iran.

US ‘blames Iran’ for damage to tankers in Gulf of Oman

BBC – US investigators believe Iran or groups it supports used explosives to damage four ships off the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday.

Admiral, I Am Not Ready for War

CIMSEC – This article is not intended to support or speak out against the U.S. military’s efforts to prepare for a war against China and it is not to discuss the wisdom of my nation’s military decisions. It is only written with one purpose. That purpose is to acknowledge two absolute facts today: that the U.S. Military is preparing for war and I, an American merchant ship captain, am not ready.

Navy Wants to Invest In Amphibious Ship Upgrades, But Funding, Timing Still Unclear

USNI News – The Navy is committed to upgrading its amphibious ships to support the Navy and Marines’ new way of operating and to leverage the power of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, but it’s still unclear when dollars will start flowing to pay for these upgrades to communications and command and control systems.

National Security Risks Are Rising With Sea Levels

Bloomberg – A study says climate change will cause 1 million species to go extinct. It could also lead to war.

The U.S.-Iran Naval War of 2019: What It Could Look Like

National Interest – Would Iran close the Strait of Hormuz, could it, and would the United States reply by force of arms if Tehran made the attempt?

Accelerating the Renaissance of the US Navy’s Amphibious Assault Forces

CIMSEC – The ship-to-shore movement of an expeditionary assault force was—and remains—the most hazardous mission for any navy. The value of real-time ISR and IPB is difficult to overstate. It is this ability to sense the battlespace in real time that will spell the difference between victory and defeat. For this reason, it seems clear that the types of unmanned systems the Department of the Navy should acquire are those systems that directly support naval expeditionary forces that conduct forcible entry operations.

Providing Secure Logistics for Amphibious Assault with Unmanned Surface Vehicles

CIMSEC – The need for continuous logistics resupply for Marines on the beach will not disappear in any future warfighting scenario. Demonstrating how unmanned surface vehicles such as the MANTAS T38 can rapidly and reliably resupply Marines on the beach should be a Navy-Marine Corps priority.

USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East

USNI News – The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran.

The Case for Unmanned Surface Vehicles in Future Maritime Operations

CIMSEC – While it is encouraging to see Navy plans to move quickly to bring initial Medium and Large USVs into the fleet, other unmanned platforms are equally ready for such an approach. Innovation is the key to shaping tomorrow’s Navy, and getting USVs of all shapes and sizes to the fleet for Sailors to try out is the best approach to achieving it.

Surging Second Sea Force: China’s Maritime Law-Enforcement Forces, Capabilities, and Future in the Gray Zone and Beyond

US Naval War College Review – As China’s sea services continue to expand, the consolidating China Coast Guard (CCG) has taken the lead as one of the premier sea forces in the region—giving China, in essence, a second navy. With 1,275 hulls and counting, the CCG carries out the maritime law-enforcement activities that dominate the South China Sea as the People’s Republic exerts its claims and postures for dominance.

Persian Gulf is vital enough for US to go to war

The Hill – Would America fight if Iran closes the Persian Gulf to shipping? Confides the Magic 8-Ball: “Signs point to yes.” Presidential administrations of both parties long have reserved the right to use force in the Gulf region when vital diplomatic, economic or military interests are in peril. And they always seem to be in peril in the Gulf.

USS Abraham Lincoln Now in Middle East Heading to the Persian Gulf

USNI News – The Lincoln Carrier Strike Group left the Mediterranean and transited the Suez Canal, officially entering U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.

Royal Navy Sub Appears In Gibraltar Equipped With A Wake Detection System

War Zone – This non-acoustic sensor could supplement the boat’s sonar when hunting for especially quiet enemy submarines.