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From War Gaming department
April 24, 2013

Wargaming logoNEWPORT, R.I. - The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) conducted the Deterrence and Escalation Game and Review 2013 (DEGRE 13), April 15 - 19.

Currently in its fifth year and sponsored by commander, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the purpose of DEGRE 13 was to explore how strategic escalation, including nuclear, space, cyber, and conventional forces, and the use of other instruments of national powers, such as diplomacy and economics, interrelate in a conflict against a competitor.

The game enhanced stakeholders' understanding of the complexities of strategic deterrence and escalation dynamics, and sought to prepare senior decision makers for ongoing policy and planning efforts.

The DEGRE series leverages new and innovative design and analysis techniques developed by NWC's War Gaming department, adversary perspectives provided through the Office of Naval Intelligence Newport Detachment, and research performed by the Warfare, Analysis & Research (WAR) department's Mahan Scholars Advanced Research Project.

Approximately 65 participants from a variety of military commands and the intelligence community engaged in this robust, multi-sided game, which consisted of 32 move days played out from April15-18. The game employed a variety of cutting-edge design techniques such as advanced cyber gaming with an agile computer network built specifically for the DEGRE series. In order to ensure that the outcomes of the game would prove useful to USSTRATCOM leadership, a comprehensive approach to capturing information was combined with multi-pronged data analysis.

Findings and implications of the DEGRE 13 Game will be briefed by NWC to USSTRATCOM, in Omaha later this summer.