Can war games help us avoid real-world conflict?

BBC – A look at Dire Straits, a megagame of East/Southeast Asian crisis stability.

Wargaming – German Wargaming

US Naval War College Review – A look at the history of German naval war gaming.

Wargaming – War Games

New York Times Magazine – Why the most popular cultural depictions of America’s current wars are video games.

Wargaming – SimCity Baghdad

The AtlanticSimCity Baghdad

A new computer game lets army officers practice counterinsurgency off the battlefield.

Wargaming – Simulation: The (Almost) Real Thing

US Naval Institute ProceedingsSimulation: The (Almost) Real Thing

Military simulation facilities have come a long way from even a few years ago. Many now are sophisticated enough to mimic real-life operations. Some are absolutely eye-popping. And they’ve become standard fixtures in the military.

Wargaming – The military-consumer complex

EconomistThe military-consumer complex

Military technology used to filter down to consumers. Now it’s going the other way.

Wargaming – War games

EconomistWar games

Consumer products and video-gaming technology are boosting the performance and reducing the price of military equipment.

Wargaming – U.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game

Washington PostU.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game

Greg Jaffe on how the US is using wargaming to explore its options in Afghanistan

Wargaming – Time for the Navy to Get into the Game!

US Naval Institute ProceedingsTime for the Navy to Get into the Game!

The Army is using high-quality video games to attract recruits and train Soldiers. Why can’t the Navy do the same for its Sailors?

Wargaming – North Korea Invades! (And Other Pentagon War Games)

TimeNorth Korea Invades! (And Other Pentagon War Games)

A look at some current wargames being run by the US military.

Wargaming – PACAF’s “Vision” Thing

Air ForcePACAF’s “Vision” Thing

A new wargame tells airmen what it will take to hold the line in the Far East.

Wargaming – How to Win a War

New York Magazine – With a nuclear North Korea and Iran on the way, the geopolitical situation is evolving in unpredictable ways. Can a hypersophisticated World War II simulation teach us 21st-century global strategy? Eminent historian Niall Ferguson rates the state of play.
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Wargaming – Iran Encounter Grimly Echoes '02 War Game

New York Times – There is a reason American military officers express grim concern over the tactics used by Iranian sailors last weekend: a classified, $250 million war game in which small, agile speedboats swarmed a naval convoy to inflict devastating damage on more powerful warships???yet another look at Millennium Challenge 2002.
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Wargaming – Virtual Worlds: The Future of Military Training

Virtual Worlds News – A look at the future of military training – the use of virtual worlds as “first person thinkers” for training.
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Wargaming – The Long Zoom

New York Times Magazine – In an age of microscopic technologies and sweeping Google Earth panoramas, Will Wright, the worldís most successful video-game inventor, has set out to create a game (or is it the art form?) that will teach us how to really see. A preview of Spore, the ultimate game (or wargame?). What will be Spore’s applications in – and implications for – military education?
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Wargaming – Baghdad, USA

Wired – Roadside bombs. Hostile insurgents. 1,200 extras in Arab dress. Welcome to Louisiana and the Army camp known as the Box, where the violence is fake but the fear is for real.
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Wargaming – The Epistemology of War Gaming

US Naval War College Review – War games can produce valid knowledge, useful for planning and decisions, but they can also produce “valid-looking garbage.” There are principles that can help users and analysts tell the difference and avoid the pitfalls, but if game results are to merit reliably the confidence they are now given, the craft of gaming must become a profession.
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Wargaming – Troops Learn to Not Offend

Wired – A seemingly harmless gesture could get a soldier in hot water, especially in a war-torn country. Body language that’s meaningless in the United States — such as showing the soles of one’s feet — is offensive in Iraq. So the American military is adopting a new video game created to help soldiers navigate the mysterious world of international nonverbal language.
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Wargaming – Virtual Reality Prepares Soldiers for Real War

Washington Post – A look at the growing use of videogames to train soldiers and Marines for combat.
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Wargaming – Streamlined databases drive military simulation

Military & Aerospace Electronics – Improved displays and screens are helping engineers build sharper pictures, but the greatest improvement in military simulation and mission rehearsal has been in software. Military users strive to feed the simulators with real-world, nearly real-time data freshly collected from satellite-based sensors.
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Wargaming – And now, the war forecast

Economist – Can software really predict the outcome of an armed conflict, just as it can predict the course of the weather?
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Wargaming – Cybertroops Keep War Games Real

New Map Game – An extensive summary (90 pages) of Thomas P.M. Barnett’s New Map Game wargame that occured earlier this year.
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Wargaming – Cybertroops Keep War Games Real

Wired – The Pentagon marshals thousands of computer-generated soldiers, tanks, ships and networked flight simulators to make large-scale training exercises more realistic than ever before.
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Wargaming – From playing wargames to building a new world over

The Business – Another journalist describes in detail Thomas P.M. Barnett’s recent New Map wargame.

Here is Part 1 and Part 2.
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Wargaming – Outcome Grim at Oil War Game

Washington Post – The United States would be all but powerless to protect the American economy in the face of a catastrophic disruption of oil markets, high-level participants in a war game concluded yesterday.
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