Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Compton: A tale of two wargames

At War on the Rocks, John Compton presents a story of two (not) entirely fictitious wargames.

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a secretary of defense who had a difficult problem. He believed that this problem required deep analytical wargaming to unravel, so he posed his problem to a famous wargame provider who gladly accepted the challenge. Meanwhile, he also posed the question to his own staff, who went unto their own staffs. Ultimately the challenge was also taken up by a lowly minion armed with a small budget and the freedom to develop his own approach to understanding the problem the secretary had posed.

See how it all turns out at the link above.

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