Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

How Russia wargames


In the latest issue of the British Army Review (Winter 2018), Steven Main explores “How Russia ‘Plays’ At War.”

Earlier this year, an announcement appeared concerning the re-opening of the War Games Centre in the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. According to the interview of the Commandant of the Academy, Lieutenant-General Sergei Kuralenko:

…after refurbishment, in the Military Academy of the General Staff is the Centre of War Games. It is a multi-media complex and, thanks to the latter, the Centre of War Games will be able to conduct inter-service war games, as well as [other] measures of an operational training nature.

In an earlier statement on the work of the War Games Centre, Kuralenko noted that:

…the reconstructed War Games Centre has all the latest achievements in the area of information technology, all the training and strategic and operational strategic command posts have been re-equipped. The conduct
of command staff and military-practical games at the aforementioned command posts to the fullest extent possible ensure the practical training of the students to assume high of ce in the Armed Forces, or other forces of the Russian Federation.

You’ll find the full article at the link above.

4 responses to “How Russia wargames

  1. Chris Engle 15/02/2018 at 10:19 am

    Wonder if they use some kind of matrix game. The subtle (and not so subtle) movies they’ve been making over the last decade show real deep thinking. A very indirect strategy.

  2. Stephen Downes-Martin 16/02/2018 at 11:57 am

    Can we invite someone from the Russian War Games Centre to one or more of the Connections conferences?

  3. Rex Brynen 17/02/2018 at 11:48 am

    I’m not convinced we want to help the Russians get better at this.

  4. Stephen Downes-Martin 17/02/2018 at 5:38 pm

    The Russians are smart. If they have not already caught up they soon will and there is the distinct probability they will surpass us. Having them come to a Connections conference will involve information flow in both directions. We should meet.

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