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Wargaming Network at KCL

DrUh2x9X4AAKpPo.jpgThe recently-established Wargaming Network at King’s College London has announced its inaugural lecture on 4 December 2018, by none other than Peter Perla:

Inaugural Wargaming Lecture

Dr Peter Perla, ‘The Art and Science of Wargaming to Innovate and Educate in an Era of Strategic Competition’

What can we know about pressing security challenges through wargaming? How do we know?

To mark the establishment of a new Wargaming Network, the School of Security Studies is launching a public lecture series on wargaming. The lectures will examine fundamental challenges for adapting wargaming theory and practice to usefully address contemporary security problems facing the UK and its NATO allies.

The UK and its NATO allies have revived their interest in wargaming as a tool for strategic, operational and technological innovation in a new strategic environment marked by the return of major power competition. While the value of wargaming as a method for learning and teaching is well-accepted, its value as an rigorous academic method of inquiry is still largely contested.

Dr Perla will re-examine the fundamental theoretical debate of whether wargaming should be considered an art or a science in the context of the changed security environment. The aim of the talk is to bring wargaming theory and practice to a new multi-disciplinary epistemological ground that would enable its useful contribution to advancing knowledge, informing policy and furthering education.

Prof Wyn Bowen, Head, School of Security Studies, will deliver the welcome address and Ms Ivanka Barzashka, Wargaming Network, will chair the discussion.

Details and registration for the event can be found here.

By happy coincidence I’ll be in London that day and able to attend, so look forward to an eventual lecture report at PAXsims.

You can follow the activities of the King’s Wargaming Network via Twitter.

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