Certificate in Wargaming

Certificate in Wargaming

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Certificate in Wargaming
4-8 of October 2021
10 AM to 6 PM ET
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Overview

MORS has partnered with Virginia Tech to offer this certificate. MORS Certificate in Wargaming is designed to increase Analyst capability and knowledge in research, design, development, execution, analysis, and reporting of professional games for analytical and training purposes. Analytical games entail the development/execution of a research design through problem discovery, data gathering, scenario development, experiment design and execution, and results interpretation and documentation. Training games emphasize the development of learning plans and objectives to provide experiential learning for student retention.

DESIRED SKILLS:

Quantitative: Mathematics; Statistics; Data Analysis; Formal Logic; Econometrics; Modeling & Simulation; Operations Research; Game Theory

Qualitative: International Relations; Political Science; Economics; History; Military History; Sociology; Anthropology; Business; Education; Psychology

Practical: Presentation; Planning; Art/Graphic Design; Facilitation; Group Dynamics; Recruiting; Writing; Research; Game Design; Physical Systems Design; Data Collection; Domain Expertise; Hobby Gaming.

Technical: Excel; Word; Powerpoint; Graphic Design Software; Database / SQL; Programming.

For a suggested reading list click here.

Agenda

  Program
Day 1 What is a Wargame?
Day 2 Designing a Wargame
Day 3 Strategic Gaming, Facilitation, and Materials
Day 4 Analysis of Games
Day 5 Practicum

Instructors

Lt Col James "Pigeon" Fielder, USAF (ret.)
Lt Col James 'Pigeon' Fielder, USAF (ret.)

Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy

James "Pigeon" Fielder (Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2012) joined CSU as an Instructor after retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is also serving as a Marine Corps University Non-Resident Krulak Fellow for academic years 2021-2023, develops organizational wargames under the name Liminal Operations, and is a roleplaying game content creator for Evil Beagle Games.

Mr. Michael Markowitz
Michael Markowitz

Senior Research Scientist

Michael Markowitz has over forty years of experience in design, development, production and evaluation of war games. He is a published writer and reviewer in military history and a regular contributor to Defense Media Network, StrategyPage.com and other publications. He also designs complex maps, charts and diagrams for CNA publications. He has won awards for his wargame designs, including the 1991 Charles Roberts Award and a 1995 Special Achievement Award by the Game Manufacturers Association. Read More

Dr. Ed McGrady
Ed McGrady

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security
Instructor and Course Coordinator on Gaming, Military Operations Research Society
Principal, MonksHood Media LLC

Dr. McGrady writes, speaks, and teaches on the design of professional games. He is an adjunct senior fellow in the Gaming Lab at CNAS, teaches and manages game design courses for MORS/Virginia Tech, and runs a business devoted to using games and game techniques to bring innovative experiences in new areas. In the past Dr. McGrady built and directed a team of 10-20 analysts at CNA devoted to the design and execution of professional games. Read More

Dr. Peter Perla
Peter Perla

Author of The Art of Wargaming and Internationally Recognized Game Designer

Dr. Peter P. Perla III has been involved with wargaming, both hobby and professional, for over forty years, an involvement that sparked a lifelong interest in military history and games of strategy. A frequent player of commercial wargames as a youngster, he had already published articles in the hobby press before he was an undergraduate. After earning a PhD from Carnegie-Mellon University with his thesis on Lanchester mathematical combat models, he joined the Center for Naval Analyses in 1977 as a naval operations research analyst.

Mr Phil Pournelle
Phil Pournelle

After 26 Years in the Navy, and eight years conducting Net Assessments, Mr. Pournelle joined Group W. He constantly seeks to analyze national defense strategies and conduct Net Assessments employing multi-method approaches.

Mr. Pournelle has extensive experience in analytic and managerial aspects of strategic studies within the national security apparatus. His national security experience includes expertise in contingency planning, wargaming, modeling, simulation, & analysis and assessment and he received his Master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Operations Research.

Mr. Paul Vebber
Paul Vebber

Specialties: Wargame Design, Execution, and Analysis; Operations Research; Concept Development & Experimentation; Philosophy and Application of Complexity Science

To employ over 30 years of military operations, operations research, and wargaming experience in support of the development of an effective undersea warfare force through the disciplined application of both analytic and synthetic methods within the "Cycle of Research" (Perla 1990) framework. Read More

Ms. Becca Wasser
Ms. Becca Wasser

Fellow, Defense Program

Becca Wasser is a fellow in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research areas include wargaming, force posture and management, and U.S. defense strategy. She is also an adjunct instructor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she teaches an undergraduate course on wargaming. Read More

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  Member Non-Member
MORS Sponsor  $2,700  $2,800
U.S. Federal Government  $2,800  $2,900
National Research Partner
(IDA Employees Only)
 $2,755  $2,850
 All Others  $2,900  $3,000