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Warfare Masterclasses 2015


The Journal of Military Operations and Infinity Journal have announced their Masterclass programme for 2015. Both will be held in Cambridge, UK.

On 17-19 July 2015 they will hold a Graduate Warfare Class, aimed primarily at participants who have not previously attended an event in this series:

The Graduate Warfare Class will be an authoritative programme of classes designed to expand and broaden participants’ knowledge and understanding of the conduct of war on land. It will consist of a series of linked sessions and exercises, each analysing a key aspect of contemporary warfare.The syllabus will cover both regular and irregular warfare. It focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the conduct of war on land across the spectrum of conflict. Participant numbers will be strictly limited to ensure a participatory, interactive event.

These sessions will be followed by two short group exercises aimed at exploring the realities of time,space and distance in warfighting and COIN operations. In this way the Graduate Warfare Class will consider how land forces actually operate. It will not ‘discuss the discourse’ of how academics think, or write about, how land forces operate.

We’ll forgive them for their snippy comments about academics.

On 14 to 16 August 2015 they will conduct a hands-on  Seminar Wargame:

The Seminar Wargame will walk through the planning and conduct of a major land operation through the perspectives of both opposing forces. Working in ad- hoc teams, participants will consider some of the problems, realities and dilemmas faced by land force commanders and staffs.

The Wargame will expose both the consequences of planning decisions and the realities of a live, responsive enemy which will fight for its own objectives and according to its own plans. The scenario will be set at the higher tactical and theatre levels.

The Wargame will revolve around an imagined scenario of conventional land warfare. It will include aspects of irregular warfare and consideration of influence operations. It will avoid high-technology, computer-based simulation and instead focus on consideration and discussion of the dynamics of land warfare.

The Wargame will not be tied to any one nation’s military doctrine.It will therefore present an opportunity for practitioners to think beyond their own national approaches. It is expressly intended to widen horizons and encourage open thinking. As with the Graduate Warfare Class, numbers will be strictly limited.

The Masterclasses will take place at St John’s College, Cambridge. Each Masterclass costs £380, including dinner in College on both evenings, lunch, coffee and afternoon tea. Single en-suite accommodation in College costs £80 per night.

Further information is available at the link above.

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