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Thomas Schelling on POLMIL wargames

schellingNobel Prize winner Thomas Schelling—who played an important role in the early development of political-military (POLMIL) wargames during the late 1950s and early 1960s, while at RAND—delivered the keynote address at the Connections 2014 conference in July 2014. The audio of his presentation is now available as a podcast here (the audio quality is uneven for the first 20s, but then improves).

After you’ve listened to his presentation, it is well worth reading Crisis Games 27 Years Later: Plus c’est déjà vu, a RAND reproduction of a lengthy 1964 exchange of internal communications between Robert Levine, Thomas Schelling, and William Jones on the strengths and weaknesses of crisis games as an experiential and analytical tool. Levine is skeptical and cautious, while Schelling (as in his talk) argues they have considerable value when used properly.

h/t Yuna Wong

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