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.

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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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    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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    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

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    John M. Yurchak

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education M.S. in computer science, Naval Post Graduate School