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US NWC seeks assistant/associate professor

The War Gaming Department at the US Naval War College seeks an assistant or associate professor. Details below — the deadline for applications is June 30.

Calian: Lead wargamer sought for Canadian Army Simulation Centre

The Calian Group is recruiting for a Lead Wargamer for the Canadian Army Simulation Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

The Calian Serious Games Lead will work within a multi-functional team to design, develop and deliver Serious Games/Wargaming capability to the Canadian Army. This capability will support strategic, operational and tactical planning processes, through tabletop exercises and other forms of strategic, operational and tactical gaming, in the garrison and the field. And support military education, professional development, individual and collective training, and risk management. CACS Serious Games portfolio of clients includes the Canadian Army, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Department of National Defence, other government departments and agencies, and other entities annotated by Chief CASC/Clients

 General Responsibilities:

  • Holistic review of the current Serious Games and Wargaming initiatives in the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Define and maintain an understanding of the Canadian Army’s evolving interest and requirements in Serious Games
  • Develop a sustainable, thriving Serious Games capability, including implementation strategy, policy framework, directives and orders
  • Develop and implement a plan for the integration of training models, simulations, wargames, and/or games in the brigade, division training and exercises
  • Identify client needs while defining a Serious game’s problem, purpose and objectives and outcomes
  • Recognize and apply hobby gaming, board gaming, military wargaming and serious gaming techniques and mechanics in the novel, easily communicated ways to clients and participants
  • Participate in and potentially lead wargame playtests, play-throughs, and rehearsals
  • Write, deploy, and analyze simple in-wargame and post-wargame surveys
  • Travel to client-designated locations to conduct wargames and other Serious games
  • Produce industry-specific articles related to previous to current techniques
  • Manage the relationship with the client and stakeholders
  • Establish and maintain relationships with third parties/vendors to develop a suite of games and experts ready to execute
  • Serve as faculty for Serious Games courses teaching in Canadian Army and Canadian Armed Forces colleges and schools
  • Launching and sustaining a gaming community of practices to include a web presence, conventions, seminars, and gaming tournaments

The applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a (Canadian) Secret security clearance throughout the duration of employment. Full details can be found here.

Royal Danish Defence College: Wargame designer wanted

The Royal Danish Defence College is looking for a wargame designer.

Do you have experience with designing, developing and facilitating wargames? Would you like to further develop and utilize your wargaming skills? Do you want to be a part of the development of the Military Joint Wargames?

If so, the Royal Danish Defence College offers an opportunity to venture into the knowledge stronghold of the Danish Armed Forces and we look forward to hearing from you.

The position at its core is game design, wargames analysis, and game facilitation for military educational purposes. You furthermore represent the Institute in national and international wargaming working groups and networks.

You are at the forefront of wargames design and thus able to design anything from a matrix game that trains a specific board to a tailored seminar game. Some game and simulation analysis is to be expected when working on plan development or trying to tackle a specific tactical problem. 

Integral to the game design and game analysis task, is also facilitating games and developing the institute’s collective skills on utilization of games in a military operations context. 

You contribute to the refinement of the Danish concept for joint wargames focused on strengthening the planning and execution of military operations.

The position is anchored at the Centre for Joint Operations under the Institute for Military Operations. The centre develops plans for the joint operations frame, and you are expected to work with teams across the four centres of the Institute as the subject matter expert on wargaming. 

First and foremost you have a strong interest in and vast knowledge of wargames, and you are familiar with the method’s processes, from development to design and facilitation. 

You work independently and systematically with research, education and devel-opment activities and cooperate with relevant stakeholders.

Experience with either tactical, operational or even at the military-strategic level is a definite advantage. 

We will be evaluating your skills and experience based on below outline:

• Wargame design and facilitation experience.
• Experience with IT-based simulation and game design.

• Practical experience from a military or security organization.
• Portfolio of published research.
• Master’s degree that support your wargaming experience.
• Experience with operational planning.

The institute prefers a team player, who understands how to work independently as well as being part of a team of highly qualified colleagues

Applicants must be able to obtain a NATO SECRET clearance. English is apparently the working language of the Center. Full details can be found here.

US Army War College: Wargaming Instructional Fellow

The Center for Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College is seeking a Wargaming Instructional Fellow.

  • Collaborate with professional strategic game developers and faculty to design, develop and teach custom strategic games employed in graduate-level curriculum
  • Collaborate with Department of Defense Officials under the supervision of Wargaming Department leadership to determine the scope and applicability of wargames as a technique for conducting research into issue of military strategic importance
  • Serve as a member of a gaming team in teaching games in graduate-level education and in executing games that inform senior leader decision making
  • Participate in wargames and workshops, and write and publish on matters of importance related to strategic wargaming
  • Engage in internal and external service in support of institutional missions
  • Support faculty in the execution of wargames

Applicants must be US citizens able to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance, and  available for employment not later than 31 July 2023. Full details at the link above.

Position: Gaming stabilization

A contractor (Tuvli) is currently adverstising for a position working with the US State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabalization Operations (CSO). The position is limited to US citizens and requires a Secret clearance. Full details here

The Planning and Gaming Specialist will work within the Office of Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DME) to support CSO’s Planning Advisor in designing and executing strategic planning processes, including tabletop exercises and other forms of strategic gaming, in both Washington and the field.  Examples of this include:  using tabletop exercises to integrate host country and civil society perspectives into long-term stabilization strategies or leverage their partnership on strategy implementation; preparing atrocityprevention contingency plans; developing plans requested by Department leadership for low-probability, high-impact scenarios; and strengthening Defense Department operational and campaign plans to support stabilization efforts. 

Essential Functions: 

• Support CSO’s Planning Advisor in designing and executing strategic planning processes, including tabletop exercises and other forms of strategic gaming.
• Update CSO’s planning framework and templates and develop new tools as needed.
• Work with CSO’s Learning and Training Specialist and Planning Advisor to identify external training resources, and, as needed, develop, and execute in-house supplemental training on strategic planning and gaming.
• Support the Planning Advisor in launching and sustaining a strategic planning and gaming community of practice.

MSF: Field simulation communication and engagement officer

Médecins Sans Frontières is currently looking for a field simulation communication and engagement officer to be based in based in any MSF-OCBA Hub (Barcelona, MSF-Spain delegations, Amman, Dakar or Nairobi), Paris or Brussels).


Communication strategy and plans:

  • Under the guidance of the MSF Field Simulation Program manager develop and implement a communications strategy with adapted content & methodology according to the target audience that ensures:
    • maximal awareness of the about the benefit of simulation in and for MSF operations MSF.
    • timely and appropriate updates and feedback.
  • Design an ambassadors’ strategy.
  • Participates in the Data analytics & Reporting. Compile info and update database.

Communication materials and channels:

  • Create and adapt to audience regular engaging communications material, tools and channels, to update them of the latest MSF Field Simulation deployments/progress activities, results, methods, strategies developed and the benefits of simulations (digital or nondigital: presentations/videos with feedback from the field, graphics, infographics etc.).
  • Use different channels to communicate (current newsletters, magazines, Tembo, yammer…) and monitor feedbacks.
  • Update the MSF Field Simulation share point/web page with the plans, project updates and activities implemented, outcomes, progress and tools available on simulation.
  • Prepare and disseminate messages, packages and activities to all MSF and to specific target audience as needed, including compiling and finalising relevant materials.
  • Participate in the design internal channels where MSF staff can propose ideas on new uses of simulation in MSF.
  • Develop visual &engaging learning spaces and material (audiovisual, handouts messages, posters…): to better explain simulation best practices, modalities, and how to implement it.

Engagement and consultation activities:

Under the guidance of the MSF Field Simulation Program manager:

  • Organizes engagement sessions with stakeholders in medical, log, HR depts., field teams in each OC, and in other OC’s for MSF Field Simulation share the activities, experiences exchange from different projects and benefits of simulation.
  • Organize regular engagement communication/sessions to match operations/field teams needs to the benefits of simulation.
  • Co-creates workshops, brainstorming session to encourage stakeholders (MSF field & HQ staff) can propose ideas and contribute on the way simulation to better serve the operation’s needs.
  • Promotes the MSF Field Simulation learning solutions offered.
  • Reinforce the role and the use of the MSF Field Simulation CoP.
  • Support rapid and comprehensive responses to queries from MSF colleagues in relation to MSF’s search for simulation information.
  • Support the development and organization of consultation tools and sessions.

Further information and application at the link above. The competition closes 18 October 2022.

Wargaming position at CGSC

The US Army Command and General Staff College is looking for a “simulation specialist.”

Serve as a modeling, simulation, wargaming, and gaming expert and technical authority at the Command and General Staff College, responsible for the management and execution of the college wide Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Program. Provide support to classroom education using simulations and wargames, and teach graduate-level courses on the use and design of simulations and wargames.

Full details at USAJobs. The closing date for applications is 22 September 2022.

IDA: Wargaming analyst

The Joint Advanced Warfighting Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses is looking for a Research Associate (Joint Military Operations & Wargaming Analyst). Full details of the position can be found at the IDA website. Applications close 30 September 2022.

US NWC: Assistant/Associate Professor, War Gaming Department

The US Naval War College is currently advertising a position for an Assistant or Associate Professor in the War Gaming Department.

Responsibilities. Specific responsibilities include: working in teams to manage data, interpret game designs, and develop player interfaces and game tools to develop research, analysis, and gaming to assess challenges with respect to the Navy and the Nation; conducting focused research, analysis, and gaming to help define future Navy challenges within the maritime domain at the operational level-of- war and to support development of concepts of operations and innovation in the employment of operational and functional capabilities; assisting in the development of the Nation’s security, defense and national military strategies and the Navy’s future maritime strategy; and providing warfare innovation, analysis and decision support capabilities to support senior Navy leadership and other national security decision-makers on a wide range of operational and strategic challenges. The incumbent will be expected to have the academic, educational, and experiential background relevant to developing war games that examine strategic, operational, and tactical warfare concepts.

Qualifications. Qualified applicants must have an advanced degree from an accredited university. A Master’s Degree is required; a Ph.D. is preferred. Significant experience in designing and executing analytical projects, and integrating multiple research efforts is also required. Desirable qualifications include knowledge of military organization and experience on research teams or war gaming, in support of analyzing or planning armed conflict. Proficiency in using relational databases, creating SQL queries, and geographic information systems, to include proficiency in software such as Python, R, Stata, Excel, and Access in support of extracting and formatting data to generate reports is also preferred.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the TOP SECRET/SCI level. The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and random drug testing thereafter. Any current or prior military service should be described including assignments, positions held, highest rank attained, and dates of service.

Full details can be found the advertisement below. The deadline for application is 14 September 2022.

Wargaming positions at BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman

BAE Systems is looking for a Wargaming Analyst in Quantico, VA.

On-site position to serve as a Wargame Analyst in support of major Marine Corps Wargaming programs. Responsible for assessing the results of multiple wargames and writing reports. Work with small teams of government and contractor wargame designers, staff officers, analysts, and writers. Working with sponsors and game designers, assist in the shaping of problem, purpose and objectives of each game. Develop wargame research questions and associated Collection, Assessment, and Production plans. Conduct background research and literature reviews in support of wargame design and post-game assessment. Develop requirements for qualitative and quantitative analysis and integrate results into overall assessment. Coordinate and integrate the application of analytical methods, models, and tools in support of wargame data collection and analysis. Lead and coordinate a team of recorders for capturing wargame data. Conduct post-game assessment, to include leading assessment workshops, conducting data analysis and synthesizing wargame results. Structure and write wargame reports and post-game briefing products.
The ideal candidate will possess solid analytical skills, be a strong writer who has experience writing for a military audience, a good critical thinker, possess a strong background in Marine Corps and Navy issues, and be able to perform in high-paced, multi-tasking office environments.

The position requires 10 years of active military service and graduation from a military service intermediate level school, plus an active DOD Secret clearance (and the ability to obtain TS/SCI clearance).

Northrup Grumman is seeking a Strategic Planner.

This position will be located at our Aeronautics Systems Sector in Falls Church, VA. The qualified candidate will become part of Northrop Grumman’s Strategy and Business Development organization and part of an integrated team supporting advanced weapon systems programs in the National Capital Region.

Among the essential functions listed are “supporting and executing wargames and campaign analysis.”

Applicants must have a BA in political science, international relations, strategic studies, military history, or a related field and “be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance (U.S. citizenship is a pre-requisite) and Special Program Access within a reasonable time frame.”

Entry-level wargaming positions

Slitherine is looking for an “Assistant Producer – Hardcore Wargaming.”

As an Assistant Producer at Slitherine, you will have the opportunity to work with a range of teams on a varied roster of internal and external hardcore wargame projects, helping to ensure their success and maintaining the quality that they have become known for. You will have the support of producers and senior producers and the opportunity to mentor you and help you progress your career towards becoming a associate producer and beyond. This is a remote position available to anyone worldwide. This is an ideal role for someone trying to break in to the industry as no prior experience is required. 

Further details can be found here. They are also currently looking for a Junior PR Manager.

The Telemus Group seeks a graduate student for a part-time paid internship between September 2022 and May 2023, with a commitment of 10-15 hours per week. Work may either be done remotely or at the Telemus Group office in McLean, VA. Intern residency in the greater Washington, DC area is looked on favorably, but not a requirement for strong candidates.

Additional details can be found below. The deadline for applications is September 15.

Position: Wargaming research fellow

The US Army War College is seeking a Wargaming Research Fellow:

This is a full-time civilian position at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) as provided under Title 10 USC 4021. Initial appointment will be for 6 months. The appointment may be renewed for up to one year in total. The position is structured for recently matriculated undergraduates with an interest in developing and teaching educational wargames for use in strategic-level education.


•Collaborate with professional strategic game developers and faculty to design, develop and teach custom strategic games in graduate-level curriculum and to inform senior leader decision making

•Collaborate with Department of Defense Officials to determine the scope and applicability of wargames as a technique for conducting research into issue of military strategic importance

•Serve as a member of a gaming team in teaching games in graduate-level education and in developing games that inform senior leader decision making

•Participate in wargames and workshops, and write and publish on matters of importance related to strategic wargaming

•Engage in internal and external service in support of institutional missions

•Support faculty in the execution of wargames

Conditions of Employment

•Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

•Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.


Who May Apply: US Citizens

Full details at USAJobs at the link above. The competition closes on 4 August 2022.

SFU: Post-doctoral fellowship on pandemics and borders

The Pandemics and Borders Project is an international and interdisciplinary research group, based at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada, studying the use of travel measures during public health emergencies. The team bridges the fields of political science, economics, public policy, infectious disease modelling and genomics. The team is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in border management and global public health. The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to national and global efforts to understand and better respond to global health threats by conducting ground- breaking research to inform future border management.

The team invites recent and near PhD graduates with expertise in social sciences and/or public policy. The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) methods applied to public policy issues. Experience of risk assessment or simulation-based gaming is an asset.

You’ll find the full announcement below.

For examples of some of the serious gaming associated with this project, see:

Some members of the project team were also involved in Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine red-teaming and tabletop exercise.

Wargaming positions

National Defense University is currently seeking a Wargaming Fellow and an Assistant Wargaming Fellow to “Supports and manages the research, design, development, planning, and execution of national security focused experiential learning initiatives (including national-level education exercises and simulations, conferences, symposia, and workshops) conducted by the Center for Applied Strategic Learning.” Both positions require US citizenship and obtaining a Secret clearance, and the deadline for applications is May 16. Additional details at the links above.

SAIC is currently seeking several candidates to support the USINDOPACOM K. Mark Takai Pacific Warfighting Center on Oahu, Hawaii. All require a Secret clearance, and most require the ability to obtain a Top Secret or TS/SCI.

h/t GUWS Newsletter

Aimpoint: (War)game analyst wanted

Aimpoint Research, a global strategic intelligence firm specializing in agri-food, is looking for a(war)game analyst:

Aimpoint Research® leverages military-style wargaming techniques to disrupt our clients’ daily thinking patterns and explore complex issues across a wide range of topics within the agri-food value chain. Our team regularly collaborates with C-Suite industry leaders to anticipate challenges, take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace, and ensure that they have the tools needed to understand issues beyond the headlines. With customized intelligence reporting and our roster of industry experts, we deliver challenging and innovative experiences that provide our clients with competitive advantage.

As a Wargame Analyst you will work within a multi-functional team to design, develop, execute, and report on wargames which include, but are not limited to, table-top exercises, manual simulations, and other serious games normally executed in-person. Aimpoint Wargames may be stand-alone events or embedded within a larger portfolio of client-focused research efforts.

The position requires at least one of the following:

  • 1-3 years practical experience developing analytical wargames within the Department of Defense or a widely recognized defense contractor or think tank
  • Successfully completed a college-level wargaming design course
  • Successfully completed an industry standard wargaming or gamification certification at the Journeyman level or higher

This position is in Columbus, Ohio. Further details here.

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