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Tango0129 Jan 2021 10:08 p.m. PST

"Tucked away in a little town near Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK, lies a facility. Here, those who serve our country are likely currently battling each other in games similar to those you may have come across in a store or in the comfort of your own home. Indeed, it may sound like a computer game, but they are so much more than that.

These are, in fact, wargames a scenario-based warfare model in which the outcome and sequence of events affect, and are affected by, the decisions made by players, as described by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). It is a decision-making technique that provides structured but intellectually liberating safe-to-fail environments to help explore what works during warfare and what does not.

In fact, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has a long history of delivering these successful wargames on behalf of the MoD alongside other government departments. To take this one step further, Dstl has now opened the UK's first dedicated wargaming centre…"
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Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2021 12:38 p.m. PST

Do not fo get the (in)famous Japanese high command wargaming of Midway before the battle. The junior officers playing the US side did some fancy maneuvering and won. The umpire overruled the action so the Japanese fleet won. The rest is history.

Tango0123 Feb 2021 1:03 p.m. PST



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