Senior Military Analyst
David Ward is a Senior Military Analyst with Cubic Applications, Inc., supporting the War Gaming Department as a Game Designer. David is a former surface warfare officer with 21 years of service in destroyers, cruisers, carriers, amphibious ships and fleet staffs. He deployed as embarked Carrier Strike Group Staff and in the Maritime Operations Center of Commander Fifth Fleet / Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. While assigned as military faculty at NWC he served as a Game Director and Game Designer from 2005 to 2010. Additionally, he served as the Game Division Director for the War Gaming Department from 2009 until his retirement in 2010. David has designed deductive war games such as the Navy-Marine Corps Command Relationship War Game 2009, inductive war games such as Global 2008, and educational war games such as Strategy and the Maritime Dimension.
David received his Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
While David supports the full range of War Gaming Department projects, his primary research and game design efforts are focused on the Department’s support to the Chief of Naval Operations through Title X War Games to inform manning, training and equipping the future navy, primarily through the Global War Game series.
David’s other interests include the uses of gaming in education, decision making and cognitive processes, financial education and real estate development. He serves as a director of a classical educational model K-12 school and spends too little of his time under sail on the bay.
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