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.

How Does the Next Great Power Conflict Play Out? Lessons From a Wargame

War on the Rocks – The United States can win World War III, but it’s going to be ugly and it better end quick, or everyone starts looking for the nuclear trigger. That is the verdict of a Marine Corps War College wargame I organized that allowed students to fight a multiple great state conflict last week.

Then What? Wargaming the Interface Between Strategy and Operations Part 3

CIMSEC – To understand the prospects for incorporating the interface of levels, we must examine how something, whether a phenomenon, factor, issue, etc., can be addressed in a game. There are three ways: simulation, representation, and discussion.

Then What? Wargaming the Interface Between Strategy and Operations Part 2

CIMSEC – Wargaming is ubiquitous throughout the U.S. Armed Forces as a tool for research, education, training, and influence. It is a flexible tool, adaptable to different scenarios, purposes, and levels of war. It is in this last arena, levels of war, that gaming organizations and their sponsors can bump up against the limits of wargaming.

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 – 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 – 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.