Wargaming to Support Strategic Planning

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Authors
  1. Dixson, M.E.
  2. Couillard, M.
  3. Gongora, T.
  4. Massel, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) capability based planning process uses a set of force planning scenarios to assess different options for the capability requirements of future forces. A good understanding of the key drivers of the scenario is important so that the subject matter experts can more fully understand and identify the capabilities required for success in it. A project is underway to investigate whether this capability identification can be enhanced through the use of various wargaming techniques. The Matrix game methodology is one that has been chosen for this research and was used in a recent series of research games. An ISIS conflict scenario was used as an explorative tool in all the games which were played out using several combinations of player types. Each iteration of the game was analysed using a set of metrics to help determine the utility of the games for the force planning application. The results are provided in this paper.
Keywords
wargaming;strategic planning;capability based planning
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P049 — External Literature
Date of publication
25 Apr 2016
Number of Pages
11
DSTKIM No
CA042441
CANDIS No
803607
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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