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Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference announcement

The Connections 2012 interdisciplinary wargaming conference will be held on 23-26 July 2012 at National Defense University in Washington DC. According to the announcement issued today by the conference co-chairs:

Colleagues,

On behalf of my co-chair for Connections 2012, Tim Wilkie and myself, we are pleased to announce the dates for this year’s conference.

Connections 2012 will held from Monday 23 July through Thursday 26 July.

We are also pleased to announce that our host will again be the Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL) at the National Defense University (NDU), Fort McNair, DC.

Our agenda will be shaped by the theme of Connections 2012, “Methods for Tomorrow’s Wargames.” As always Connections 2012 will work to facilitate advancing the technology and technique of wargaming. Specifically we will be exploring both needs (pull) and opportunity (push) across the spectrum of wargame applications.

Our agenda will also be shaped by the first change to the Connections mission statement since the late 1990s.  In response to a case made at Connections 2011 as well as insights from a post conference survey, we have expanded “advance the art, science and application of wargaming” to “advance and sustain the art, science and application of wargaming.”  The change is in recognition of the need to insure wargaming capabilities are not lost between one generation and the next. We will address this need through a working group and other elements of the agenda.

Our first day tutorials will again include the blocks Wargaming 101 and Defense 101 and will expand to include blocks on getting started in wargaming and connecting with others in the field.

Our agenda will also include a speaker panel on identifying needs and opportunities for tomorrow’s wargaming as well as a speaker panel on the application of social science methods to gaming.

Finally, our working groups will include a group that will build a specific list of wargaming needs and opportunities as well as both standing Connections working groups (developing a wargaming community and on enhancing our web presence).

Add in the chance to see demonstrations of many wargames and to play several and you can see Connections 2012’s agenda will be just as packed as those of previous Connections.

So, mark your calendar and watch our web page for more details as they develop. See you at Connections,

Matt Caffrey and Tim Wilkie

Connections is an annual conference devoted to advancing and preserve the art, science and application of wargaming by facilitating exchange the exchange of information and perspectives on achievements, best practices, and needs of all elements of the field (military, commercial and academic) of wargaming. One or both of the PAXsims editors (and several of our contributors) will almost certainly be there.

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