NEWPORT, R.I. - The Naval War College's War Gaming Department hosted the eighth annual Maritime Homeland Security/Homeland Defense War Game, April 20-23, 2010.
This game is sponsored by Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (JFMCC-North); Commander, Pacific Fleet Forces; Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area; Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area; and Commander, Canada Command.
Approximately 130 participated primarily in cells manned by the sponsors as well as Second and Third Fleets. Of particular note this year was manning of an additional cell by members of the Mexican Navy that presented all participants with new challenges regarding command and control.
Additional commands and agencies represented in the White Cell included Northern Command, Southern Command, OPNAV, NWDC, Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The game's primary focus was on challenges faced in command and control both in the interagency as well as cross-border relationships. The intent was to expose the gaps and seams in order to refine collective procedures that will enhance opportunities of intercepting threats to the homeland. Vice Adm. Bruce Donaldson, Commander, Canada Command, reinforced the game's effort with his keynote speech presented on April 22.
Overall, the game was an outstanding success with sponsors' full support for continuation of the series for a ninth year.
From War Gaming Department