The Naval War College's War Gaming Department began the first day of its annual "Korea United“ game, a hypothetical military exercise in the Pacific and Korea Theater of Operations (KTO), on July 9.
Started in 1995, Korea United draws various participants from various active and reserve joint commands and service components representing all the military services.
Professor Barney Rubel, Dean for the Center of Naval Warfare Studies at NWC, said war games help facilitate cooperation among the Armed Services and emphasized their importance. He invited them to share and take away as much knowledge as they could during their time here.
The game is an operational and strategic level, one and a half-sided game in which players act as the service and functional components in the KTO. The main goal is to familiarize the participants with the command and control structure of the unique command and control in the KTO. The event consists of both game play and briefings from subject matter experts.
Rubel said assembling the range of commands together is an important part of the game. "It brings together the folks who aren't directly assigned to the [pacific area] and gain familiarity with the operational environment and operational art," he said.
In addition to team building, Rubel said the game sharpens skills of active duty and reservists. "It refines, and it perfects," he said.
By Tyler Will, Naval War College Public Affairs