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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    Anthony Vassalo

    Intelligence Community Portfolio Lead, RAND National Security Research Division; Senior International/Defense Policy Researcher
    Education B.S., U.S. Military Academy; M.A. in history, Duke; A.L.M. in management, Harvard

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    Emily Yoder

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international affairs, George Washington University; B.A. in political science, University of Pittsburgh

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    John Yurchak

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