About Wargaming

Wargaming at the Naval War College has an incredibly rich history as an integral part of the college since 1887. As part of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, the War Gaming Department remains the world’s premier gaming organization conducting approximately 50 games and events a year. Additional information on the Wargaming department including our mission, history, facility, and faculty can be found below.

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Our mission

To conduct high quality applied gaming, research, analysis, and education to support the Naval War College mission, prepare future maritime leaders, and help shape key decisions on the future of the Navy. As gaming professionals, we provide stakeholders with intellectually honest products utilizing rigorous research and analysis while employing gaming techniques which range from complex, multi-sided computer-assisted games to elementary, single-sided seminar games.

About Wargaming

The Wargaming Department is located in McCarty Little Hall, a 110,000 square foot war gaming facility which opened in 1999. The building is named after Captain William McCarty Little, who was instrumental in the introduction and development of war gaming techniques at the Naval War College dating back to 1887. The building boasts a 180 seat auditorium, a television studio, conference facilities, ample office and classroom space, and 25 reconfigurable gaming cells. The auditorium is equipped with high definition projectors, video teleconferencing capability, and a large floor that can double as as an additional game cell or can hold a 25 foot by 40 foot map to conduct a Rehearsal of Concept Drill. The gaming cells can host over 400 computer stations that can be linked to one of four self contained networks. The gaming cells also have the capability to broadcast video teleconferences throughout the facility or externally to a worldwide audience. All gaming cells are capable of being secured during classified events. The Joint Command Center is the largest of the game cells and can host over 100 stations and contains a state of the art multifaceted projection system.

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How are War Games Different than Exercises or Models and Simulations? Aren't they the Same?

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