Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Connections 2013 registration now open


Registration is now open for the Connections 2013 interdisciplinary wargaming conference, which will be held this year on 22-25 July at Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Theme: Enhancing Wargaming Support to Budget Decisions

Given the uncertainty over future US Department of Defense budgets as well as stresses on government, academic and commercial budgets world wide Connections has probably never had a more timely theme.  Connections will explore this theme through keynotes, speaker panels, demos and a game design lab – culminating in the reports of working groups.

The registration form for the conference can be found here.

One response to “Connections 2013 registration now open

  1. brtrain 23/05/2013 at 2:01 pm

    I have to add a clarification, and some further details from Matt Caffrey:

    Dr. Thomas Allen will be participating in the conference via Video Teleconferencing (VTC).

    “One further point on Connections 13: sequestration across most of the US Federal Government has greatly accelerated an ongoing trend in the recent Connections. In 2011 Connections linked to 6 VTC sites, in 2012 it was 20 sites. For 2013 we will be greatly expanding the virtual element. For example our keynote speaker, Dr Thomas Allen, Deputy Director for Studies and Analysis, Joint Staff, will both give his remarks and participate in the keynote speaker panel via VTC. Also, while we have limited physical participation to practitioners in the field to maintain critical mass for participant interaction, there is no reason not to let anyone interested in wargaming to call in. I suspect this year we may well have more people participate in Connections via VTC, phone and web then will participate in person. That is by necessity because of the current budget constraints, still the long term impact may turn out to be a significant increase in the total number of people who can participate in, hence benefit from, Connections.

    One of the most exciting elements of Connections 2013 will NOT lend itself to virtual participation. Luftwaffe Colonel Uwe L. Heilmann will be bringing a NATO team to conduct a game lab. He and his team will conduct a manual NATO wargame that was designed for leadership development. Participants will them discuss how the wargame could be modified to enhance its ability to provide budget insights, some or all the modifications will be implemented, then the wargame will be played again.”


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