Welcome to the Naval War College’s, War Gaming Department Online Discussion. The purpose of this online forum is to provide a means for service members, defense policy analysts, academia, industry or anyone else interested in gaming to discuss various important topics pertaining to gaming and national security in an open, public dialogue. Major themes for discussion include:
1. War Gaming History, Theory, & Practice
2. The Future of War Gaming
3. The Art & Science of War Gaming
4. Red Cell & Scenario Development
5. International Gaming Collaboration
6. War Gaming Analysis & Assessment
The War Gaming Department Online Discussion is intended to serve as a venue for debate and collaboration among a diverse group of professionals who are encouraged to present and defend their opinions. It is hoped that this kind of free and open consideration of important national security and gaming issues will lead to a stronger defense community that is more responsive to the needs and concerns of our service members, our taxpayers and our society at large.
There are two ways to participate:
Direct e-mail: Each message in the discussion will be sent directly to your e-mail inbox, and you can respond directly with your e-mail software (such as Outlook or Entourage).
Digest: A daily e-mail containing a digest of each day’s traffic will be sent to your e-mail inbox. You can then cut-and-paste the specific e-mail you want to respond to from the digest into your response e-mail. This cuts down on traffic but adds a few more steps. Also, the discussion threads in digest e-mails are a little harder to follow.
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About the Moderator
The War Gaming Department Online Discussion Forum is hosted by the Chairman of the War Gaming Department, Professor David A. Della Volpe. In January 2008, Professor DellaVolpe became the 102nd Chairman of the War Gaming Department, U.S. Naval War College. He has been on the faculty of the War Gaming Department since February 2005 following over 30 years of active duty in the United States Air Force.
Since his arrival at the Naval War College, he has designed and taught all the practical exercises for the JFMCC and CFMCC Flag Officer Courses, taught the JFMCC concepts to naval staffs, served as one of the initial cadre of the Navy’s Assist and Assess team for the JFMCC certification process, and drafted the initial revision to NWP 5-01, Navy Planning. He has also designed and executed a game for the Naval Forces Europe and Sixth Fleet on their Maritime Engagement Plan for the Gulf of Guinea, served as the moderator for a bilateral game with senior faculty of the Naval War College and the Russian Kusnetsov Naval Academy, and for several interagency and multinational events on the Proliferation Security Initiative.
On active duty, he was an F-15E and F-4 Weapon Systems Officer. Professor DellaVolpe was assigned to eight different operational and training units in the United States, Europe, and Pacific. He has served as the 20th Fighter Squadron Commander, Holloman AFB, New Mexico; the 4th Support Group Commander and 4th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, and as Detachment Commander, Air Force ROTC, and Chairman of the Department of Aerospace Studies, Boston University.
In addition to his operational tours, Professor DellaVolpe served as a staff officer at the Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany; as a member of the faculty at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and as a Professor of Joint Military Operations, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Professor DellaVolpe graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1988 and the Naval War College in 1995. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, an M.A. in Military History from the University of Alabama, and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Rules of Engagement
The following rules govern basic housekeeping and good online manners:
1. Be courteous and polite.
2. If you are changing the topic, change the topic. Use a new subject line so that others can follow the thread or be drawn into a redirected conversation they were diverted from a few messages ago.
3. If you break the thread, break the thread. After changing a topic, discard the irrelevant parts of the old thread. Otherwise, threads can accumulate more than 20 pages of pro forma “footer” before you get to the real message.
4. PSOA, DJ (Please spell out acronyms, define jargon: there are many non-military folks on the list).
5. Report spammers.
6. Feel free to propose your own rules to the community
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