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SWC: Wargaming gone wrong (April 16)

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The newly-formed SAIS Wargaming Club will host a webinar on Thursday, April 16 at 1800EDT on “wargaming gone wrong,” focusing on the (in)famous 2002 US Joint Forces Command “Millennium Challenge” wargame.

Please join the SAIS Wargaming Club for a conversation on Millennium Challenge 2002 with a panel of industry experts. Following the keynote speech by Dr. Micah Zenko, author of Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, RAND Senior Policy Analyst Ms. Rebecca Wasser and CNA Lead Wargame Designer Dr. Jeremy Sepinksy will join him in a moderated panel before the discussion is opened to questions from the audience.

The panelists will bring the lessons of MC02 into a contemporary space by discussing leadership, game design, and adjudication issues in a historical context before they look forward to modern applications. In light of the recent crisis, agile defense planning is at the forefront of policymakers’ minds, and wargames remain an essential tool to envision modern U.S. military options.

Registration is via this link. The link to directly join the webinar when it starts can be found here.

Additional background reading:


A video of the presentation can be found here:

KWN: Roberts on “wargaming in a post-pandemic world” (April 14)


The King’s Wargaming Network will be hosting a virtual lecture by Dr. Brad Roberts (Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) on “Wargaming in a Post-Pandemic World: Innovating to Out-Think and Out-Compete” on 14 April 2020 at 1700 BST.

In the pre-pandemic world, a set of new challenges was already taking shape in the global security environment: a renewal of major power rivalry, long-term strategic competition, the emergence of one and possibly more nuclear-armed regional challengers, and the possibility of regional conventional wars under the nuclear shadow, among many others. In the post-pandemic world, these challenges will remain, but they will also have been reshaped, while the collective capacity of the transatlantic community to cope with them is likely to have declined. Deeper insights into these challenges are urgently needed. But following three decades of strategic atrophy in the transatlantic community, these insights have been slow to materialise.

What impact might the pandemic have on the most consequential new challenges in the security environment? What is required to “out-think” and “out-compete” adversaries? What can wargaming contribute?

Roberts will explore these questions from his perspective as an analyst and former senior policymaker.

About the Speakers

Dr Brad Roberts is director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. From April 2009 to March 2013 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy. In this role, he served as policy director of the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and Ballistic Missile Defense Review. From September 2013 through December 2014, Dr. Roberts was a consulting professor and William Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Dr. Roberts was a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

Ivanka Barzashka, Director of the King’s Wargaming Network, will chair the lecture.

Further details and registration via Eventbrite.

See also this report on King’s College London’s recent initiatives on wargaming the pandemic’s effects.

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