Wargaming

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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.

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    Findings on Mosaic Warfare from a Colonel Blotto Game

    Jan 5, 2021

    Is Mosaic warfare more cost-effective and robust than more-monolithic approaches to conflict? Game theory can be a useful tool for studying the relative utility of these strategies.

  • Intricate real life-like models in a wargame at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, August 23, 2017, photo by Frances Seybold/U.S. Marine Corps

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    Wargames as an Educational Tool

    Feb 8, 2021

    The benefits of games for military education are well documented. But harnessing the potential of games to foster innovation may require a commitment to sustain gaming over the years needed to explore a problem space and develop and stress-test new ideas.

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    Elizabeth M. Bartels

    Codirector, RAND Center for Gaming; Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in political science, MIT; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

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    Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

    Policy Researcher
    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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    Michael Bohnert

    Associate Engineer
    Education B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Notre Dame; M.E. in systems engineering, The Pennsylvania State University

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    M. Scott Bond

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.A. in security policy studies, George Washington University; B.A. in International Affairs (China), The Ohio State University; B.A. in mandarin, The Ohio State University

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    Jennifer Brookes

    Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physical chemistry, University of Washington; B.S. in chemistry & biology, University of Portland

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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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    Abby Doll

    Codirector, Center for Gaming; RAND Liaison for U.S. Army Pacific; 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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    Aaron B. 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
    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

    Associate Policy Researcher
    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

    Acting International Portfolio Lead, RAND National Security Research Division; International Defense Researcher
    Education B.S. in international affairs, Georgia Tech; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University

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    Quentin E. Hodgson

    Senior International/Defense Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    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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    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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    Karl P. Mueller

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in politics, Princeton University; B.A. in political science, University of Chicago

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    Katherine Pfrommer

    Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.S. in public policy/admin/analysis, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in economics, Allegheny College

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    Annette Prieto

    Technical Analyst
    Education Master of Science in biodefense, George Mason University; Bachelor of Science in microbiology and immunology, University of Miami

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    Adam C. Resnick

    Senior Operations Researcher; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin; M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin; B.A. in mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

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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
    Education B.A. in political science, Northwestern University

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    Michael Spirtas

    Associate Director, International Security and Defense Policy Center; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, Columbia University