Washington, D.C. – A group of faculty members from the Naval War College (NWC) War Gaming Department (WGD) conducted a multi-sided, board-enabled war game for College of Distance Education's (CDE) Strategy and War students in Washington, D.C., and in Norfolk, Virginia, January 19, 20, and 21.
The WGD faculty included Game Director Cmdr. David Ward, Cmdr. Shaun Hollenbaugh, Cmdr. Walter Topp, Lt. Cmdr. J. Cramer, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Brandon, and Professor Robin Babb. CDE faculty included Professors Ron Oard, J.J. O'Rourke and Stan Carpenter.
This war game, titled "Strategy and the Maritime Dimension," was designed by Ward and other WGD personnel and is a rigidly adjudicated board game which simulates the complexity and interlocking relationships of Strategy and War.
The game is focused on Maritime Operations, and it rewards teams that make the most efficient and effective use of their maritime forces. During the game, teams have the opportunity to employ all elements of national power: diplomatic, informational, military and economic.
The game is played by six teams of two or more players, with each team representing a different nation. Each nation in the game has different economic and military capabilities and goals.
Teams win the game by maximizing their economic performance and achieving their specific military and diplomatic goals, which are expressed as Victory Conditions. Each team has different Victory Conditions and, despite their different levels of resources, each team can win the game.
From War Gaming Department