NEWPORT, R.I. (Sept 18, 2013) Six Russian navy and Russian naval infantry officers from Kuznetsov Naval Academy (KNA) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, prepare opening statements for a mock news conference during the 2013 KNA Game at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I. The five-day event was held Sept. 16-20 and served as an opportunity to promote awareness, open dialogue, mutual trust and strengthen the global maritime partnership between U.S. and Russia Navy. Participants examined the planning process for counter-terrorism operations and strategic sea lines of communication defense. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monique LaRouche-Yorgensen)
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Monique LaRouche-Yorgensen, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Six Russian navy and Russian naval infantry officers from Kuznetsov Naval Academy (KNA) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, joined the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) War Gaming Department in Newport, R.I., for the 2013 KNA Game, Sept. 16 -20.
The five-day event served as an opportunity to promote awareness, open dialogue, mutual understanding and strengthen maritime cooperation between U.S. and Russian navies.
About 30 participants from NWC, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, KNA, as well as other U.S. government and civilian agencies examined the planning process for counter-terrorism operations and strategic sea lines of communication defense.
"This is a great experience for our Navy," said Cmdr. Kevin Gilliam, NWC professor and game director. "This annual event allows both U.S. and Russian naval officers a glimpse into how each country approaches the naval planning process."
NWC-KNA gaming was established seven years ago after a series of meetings between the NWC president and chief of KNA. This college-to-college relationship allowed the schools to engage on a broad range of issues to include peacekeeping, international engagement and maritime cooperation.
One component of this year's game involved the Russian officers participating in a news conference complete with a question and answer session from mock news reporters addressing the simulated international scenario.
The officers were brought into the NWC television studio and performed a mock news press conference on camera before taking questions from the press corps. They were then critiqued on their poise before camera and how well they handled the situation.
"The media training was a unique opportunity," said Captain 1st Rank (C1R) Alexander Nikolaevich Prokaev, a native of Saint Petersburg and making his third visit to Newport. "The media exercise was very interesting and especially helpful for officers from the Russian Federation."
The games rotate every year between NWC and KNA with next year's game scheduled to take place in Saint Petersburg.
"Overall, my team and I were very happy with the game," said Gilliam. "This game was designed to maximize player discussion and planning cell coordination. Player and facilitator feedback throughout the week indicated we hit the mark. I'm looking forward to seeing how Kuznetsov Naval Academy advances the game even further next year."
Posted by Daniel S. Marciniak