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Wargames are analytic games that simulate aspects of warfare at the tactical, operational, or strategic level. They are used to examine warfighting concepts, train and educate commanders and analysts, explore scenarios, and assess how force planning and posture choices affect campaign outcomes. RAND has developed and can execute various types of wargames, including scenario exercises, tabletop map exercises, “Day After…” games, and computer-supported exercises.

  • Making a move during a unique wargame hosted by RAND with a group called Girl Security, photo by Dori Gordon Walker/RAND Corporation

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    A Wargame at RAND Puts Teen Girls in Command

    Aug 20, 2019

    RAND analysts developed and hosted a wargame to help young women learn firsthand about national security. It's a lesson in strategy, in the hard realities behind news headlines, but also in agility and resilience. In that, it's not so far removed from the daily life of a teenage girl.

  • Map of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

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    Wargaming the Defense of the Baltics

    Feb 1, 2016

    A series of wargames examined the threat Russia may present to the three Baltic republics. As currently postured, NATO could not defend the territory. What might be done to prevent Russia from attempting to reclaim it?

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    War Gaming as a Technique of Analysis

    A discussion of war gaming techniques, devised to deal with problems whose analysis requires appreciable context.

    Jan 1, 1954

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    Sebastian Joon Bae

    Defense Analyst
    Education BA in peace & conflict studies, UC Berkeley; MA in security studies, Georgetown University

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    D. Sean Barnett

    Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in nuclear engineering, Purdue University; Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

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    Elizabeth M. Bartels

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in political science, MIT; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

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    Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

    Policy Analyst
    Education MSc in international affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science; M.A. in international affairs, Peking University; B.A. in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Culture, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

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    Jonathan Cham

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international studies, Claremont Graduate University; B.A. in political science, University of Hawaii

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    Stephen Dalzell

    Senior Defense Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in political science, University of California Santa Barbara; M.A. in national security studies, California State University San Bernardino; B.A. in international management, Claremont McKenna College

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    Abby Doll

    Co-Director, Center for Gaming; Policy Analyst
    Education B.A. in political science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; M.A. in international affairs, Texas A&M University

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    Paul Dreyer

    Senior Mathematician; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in mathematics, Rutgers University; B.S. in mathematics and history, Duke University

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    Aaron Frank

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in computational social science, George Mason University; M.A. in national security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Boston University

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    David R. Frelinger

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in political science, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in political science, University of California, San Diego

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    Cristina L. Garafola

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international relations and international economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced and International Studies; Certificate in Chinese and American studies, Hopkins-Nanjing Center; B.A. in international relations and Chinese, Hamilton College

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    Gene Germanovich

    Senior Defense Analyst
    Education BS in international affairs, Georgia Tech; MA in security studies, Georgetown University

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    Alexandra Hall

    Director, Defence, Security & Infrastructure Research Group, RAND Europe
    Education M.A. in international relations, University of Reading; B.A. (Hons) in European Studies, University of Leicester

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    Ben Harris

    Defense Analyst
    Education B.A. in physics, University of Virginia; M.A. in global affairs, Tsinghua University; B.A. in political and social thought, University of Virginia

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    Quentin E. Hodgson

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education B.A. in History and Russian Language, The Johns Hopkins University; M.A. in international relations, The Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies; M.Sc. in national resource management, Industrial College of the Armed Forces

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    Inhyok Kwon

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.S. in industrial engineering, Republic of Korea Air Force Academy

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    Sale Lilly

    Senior Policy Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in modern Chinese studies, Oxford University; M.A. in economic & social history, Oxford University; B.S. in economics, U.S. Naval Academy

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    Karishma R. Mehta

    Technical Analyst
    Education B.S. in applied mathematics, Loyola Marymount University; Postgraduate Diploma in discrete mathematics and its applications, University of Essex; M.S. in terrorism and homeland security policy, American University

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    Karl P. Mueller

    Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago