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Modern wargaming falls neatly into three sub-categories:
- land - This period is dominated by the
War That Never Was, the potential conflict in Europe
between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Yet the period is also rich
in guerilla conflicts - Vietnam, Malaysia, Algeria - and
limited wars - the Korean War, the Iran-Iraq War, the Indo-Pakistani
Wars, the China-Vietnam War, the Falklands, and finally
the Gulf War against Iraq. Almost in their own category are
the series of Arab-Israeli Wars fought in this period.
- sea - The modern period saw the rise of
the missile as the dominant weapons system, and the continued
evolution of the aircraft carrier and the submarine.
- air - The Korean War is commonly thought of
as the dawn of the jet fighter, and the Vietnam War saw the
introduction of the first effective missile systems. Air
warfare was an important part of the Arab-Israeli and Falkland
conflicts as well.