Game Reports

Game reports provide two primary sources of information. First, they provide an epistemological repository of knowledge painstakingly developed, curated and analyzed by wargame practitioners from across the Department of the Navy in myriad realms of inquiry. Second, they provide a demonstrable set of examples of “why” and “how to” conduct all phases of wargaming, from conceptual development through final analysis. Grounded in theory as well as the experience of the wargame practitioners, these reports provide an excellent set of examples for professionals interested in wargaming from all levels of experience.

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US Naval War College Wargaming Department

Wargame reports

Wargame reports found on the Naval Wargaming vCoP site require participants to have a Department of the Navy CAC with which to create an account.  The site itself is behind a CAC wall on a dot mil NIPR domain.  Once approved, participants have access not only to wargame reports, but to blogs, forums, threaded discussions and hundreds of articles and reports related to the art and technical aspects of wargame execution.  Furthermore, participants receive a weekly summary of the previous week’s activity in one concise email to further enhance ease of information sharing, and connection with other interested participants in the many facets of wargaming.

Naval wargaming vCoP

While the U.S. Naval War College has a long tradition of naval wargaming, the intent of the war game reports site is to focus on contemporary challenges in the operational art of naval operations.  The site also includes links, for example, to Ethical Decision Problems and Tactical Decision Games, courtesy of the Marine Corps Gazette that allow the participants to utilize in the development of their own small group wargame problem solving and team building exercises.  The reports are a core component of the naval wargaming vCoP, with additional tools for aspiring wargamers to utilize in enhancing their own critical thinking and problem solving skills.