From the U.S. Naval War College War Gaming Department
Oct. 24, 2012

CARTAGENA, Colombia – The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) recently participated in the analysis and lessons learned phase of 2012 Inter-American War Game (IAWG), hosted by the Colombian Superior Military College.

The IAWG is an educational, distributed, one-sided, scenario-based game with the objectives of exploring strengths and limitations of various multinational command and control structures; differing national interpretations and policies on the use of force; and advantages and disadvantages of employing mixes of forces based upon differing national policies and international agreements.

The game scenario presented players with challenges including: drug trafficking, piracy, arms trafficking, man-made environmental disasters, trafficking-in-persons and responses to natural disasters and resulting multinational humanitarian assistance response.

“The Inter-American War Game enabled war college staff and students from 13 countries in North and South America the ability to test their operational decision-making and planning in a complex and highly stressed scenario developed by the host country,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Dustin Martin, a member of the NWC’s war gaming department and part of the IAWG control group.

“Through post-move live discussions, each country was able to study and discuss the other country's responses, where they learned valuable insights into multinational operations where cooperation is crucial to mission success.”

Countries represented at the conference included Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and the United States.

“The IAWG 2012 is the result of an important effort made not just for the Colombian team, but all the naval war colleges who have participated and pursued many years in making this important event,” said Colombian navy Capt. Daniel Rojas, the game director and navy department chief at Superior Military College.

“The game seeks to identify interoperability problems, gain mutual understanding and facilitate the internationalization of the naval education in each country.”

The first Inter-American War Game was held in Newport, R.I. in 1972, after several years of discussions among Western Hemisphere naval war college presidents and directors at the Conference of Naval War Colleges of the Americas. It has occurred annually ever since, with the exception of 2001 and 2004.

Hosting duties rotate annually among participants.

Current officially participating countries include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Paraguay and Venezuela have not participated for the past several years; however, this year three representatives from the Venezuelan War College participated as members of the game control group in the execution phase in Bogota, Colombia. They also attended the game closing conference in Cartagena.

The IAWG is a U.S. Southern Command theater security-cooperation listed event.

Edited by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Eric Dietrich
Copy-edited and posted by Dan Marciniak

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