Yuna Huh Wong

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Codirector, RAND Center for Gaming; Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in political science, Columbia University; B.S. in political science and economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Yuna Huh Wong is the codirector of the RAND Center for Gaming, as well as a policy researcher who works on a number of defense and national security topics. She has led and co-led projects on the implications of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems within militaries for deterrence and escalation; wargaming methods, tools, best practices, and recommendations for developing U.S. Marine Corps wargaming capabilities; and options for human-machine teaming in a littoral enviorment.

She has made recommendations for wargaming operations in the information environment and helped in the development of the wargame that supported the 2018 National Defense Strategy and the game that stress-tested the first ever NATO Military Strategy in 2019.

Other project work includes facilitating a tabletop exercise to examined defense support to civil agencies in a cyberattack; support to the DHS Quandrennial Homeland Security Review; and support to U.S. Coast Guard gaming.

She holds a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where her dissertation was on non-combatants in urban operations and in military models and simulations. She has a M.A. in political science from Columbia University and a B.S. in economics and a B.S. political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Previous Positions

Board of Directors, Military Operations Research Society; Operations Research Analyst, Marine Corps Combat Development & Integration

Recent Projects

  • Deterrence in the Age of Thinking Machines
  • National Defense Strategy Wargame
  • NATO Military Strategy Game
  • Recommendations for U.S. Marine Corps Wargaming
  • Options for Human Machine Collaboration and Combat Teaming

Selected Publications

Yuna Huh Wong, John M. Yurchak, Robert W. Button, Aaron Frank, Burgess Laird, Osonde A. Osoba, Randall Steeb, Benjamin N. Harris, Sebastian Joon Bae, Deterrence in the Age of Thinking Machines, RAND Corporation (RR-2797-RC), 2020

Yuna Huh Wong, Sebastian Joon Bae, Elizabeth M. Bartels, Benjamin Smith, Next-Generation Wargaming for the U.S. Marine Corps: Recommended Courses of Action, RAND Corporation (RR-2227-USMC), 2019

David T. Orletsky, Yuna Huh Wong, Brien Alkire, Steven Berner, David R. Frelinger, Forrest E. Morgan, Karl P. Mueller, Marek N. Posard, Richard Silberglitt, William Young, Evaluating Future Trends in Support of the Air Force Strategic Environment Assessment, Rand Corporation (RR-1701-AF), 2019


  • Yuna Wong standing behind a wargame, photo by Dori Walker/RAND Corporation

    The Serious Side of Gaming: Q&A with Yuna Wong

    Yuna Wong, codirector of RAND's Center for Gaming, didn't expect to make gaming a focus of her career. In this interview, she discusses what drew her to the field, what makes a good wargame, and her latest research on the dangers of putting too much trust in artificial intelligence.

    May 8, 2020

  • The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008

    Approaching Future Offsets

    Grand strategy, acquisitions, and technological considerations may shape the debate about the future of the U.S. military for some time to come. Only where all three elements align are future offsets likely to succeed.

    Dec 21, 2016 The Hill

  • Globe on a chessboard

    How Can Gaming Help Test Your Theory?

    The act of designing a game will force you to articulate your theory or to be more specific about it. It will also require you to operationalize your variables and theoretical constructs of interest into a specific context, and prompt you to anticipate the ways in which it may play out in that scenario.

    May 18, 2016 PAXsims