|The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was announced in Krakow, Poland in May 2003 by President George W. Bush. PSI's purpose is to secure the political commitment of states to enable cooperation for countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through their interdiction. PSI is comprised of 102 participating states, 21 of which form the Operational Experts Group (OEG).
Historically the NWC War Gaming Department, in cooperation with the NWC Strategic Research Department, has been involved in PSI gaming projects since 2004. This was when the first PSI game, at the request of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), was hosted in Newport, Rhode Island. Since then, the NWC War Gaming Department has been involved in subsequent PSI gaming projects to include the 2005 PSI Air Game hosted by the Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen, Norway, and the 2007 PSI Game hosted again by the U.S. Naval War College. NWC War Gaming faculty have also attended PSI Leading Edge and Fortune Guard Exercises to act in a control cell capacity and have attended multiple OEG and PSI outreach events to provide scenario based seminars for PSI participants to engage in.
In May 2014, the Naval War College will once again host the Proliferation Security Initiative Operational Experts Group in Newport, Rhode Island to support the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. This event will bring together decision-makers from the U.S. and up to 20 other countries with approximately 100-125 participants. A major portion of the OEG will be dedicated to conducting a game to address PSI issues by examining various proliferation-related topics and scenarios.
The 2014 event will span over two days, including introduction, two days of seminar style game, an out-brief and an OEG meeting. The game will consist of dividing participants into country teams which will step through a game move. After initial discussion, country teams will form assigned regional teams for added perspective. The move will consist of a current situation and scenario brief, generation of a country position paper, on-line collaboration between country teams to develop courses of action, a plenary session to refine the course of action and branch plans, and a plenary session to discuss the approaches taken and issues that were generated.