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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.

  • David Shlapak

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    Gaming and Public Policy: Q&A with David Shlapak

    Aug 11, 2016

    David Shlapak discusses how using games in research can help improve decisionmaking across a wide range of areas, including national security, health care, and climate change.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Aaron Frank

    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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    Jenny Oberholtzer

    Defense Analyst
    Education B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; M.S. in strategic intelligence, National Intelligence Univ

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    Stacie L. Pettyjohn

    Co-director, Center for Gaming; Senior Political Scientist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A., Ph.D. in foreign affairs, University of Virginia; B.A. in political science, Ohio State University

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    Stephan B. Seabrook

    Senior Defense Analyst
    Education M.A. in international relations & international economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; B.A. in economics; government, Bowdoin College

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    David A. Shlapak

    Senior Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in political science, Northwestern University

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    Michael Simpson

    Policy Analyst
    Education BA in history, Stanford University; MPA in public affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

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    Michael Spirtas

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University

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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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    Becca Wasser

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in foreign service, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; B.A. in international and global studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Brandeis University

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    Yuna Huh Wong

    Policy Researcher
    Education 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