Working Group 30: Wargaming


(Updated 24 October 2014)

Purpose:  The purpose of the Working Group 30 (Wargaming) is to provide an opportunity for military, government and civilian operations research analysts to examine uses, needed enhancements and appropriate analysis tools for all aspects of designing, executing, analyzing and reporting of wargames in the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government departments and agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Discussion:  Wargames today continue to provide insights to decision makers on a wide range of subjects. Recent presentations have included programmatic issues, operational conceptual issues such as irregular warfare as well as presentations on game theory and software applications for game control.

The working group brings together service, government, academic and industry designers and analysts to share lessons learned, examine issues regarding the basic design, structure, techniques, tools, products, capabilities and limitations of wargaming. We develop recommendations to better enable the application of analytical tools and techniques work toward the integration of quantitative analysis techniques with the human decision making aspect.

Community of Practice:  The Wargaming Working Group is the sponsor for the MORS Wargaming Community of Practice (COP), a group that provides a regular forum for communication and collaboration throughout the entire professional gaming community.  The Wargaming COP conducts routine teleconference presentations by renowned practitioners and its members meet face-to-face annually during the MORS Symposium.

Other Working Groups:  Candidates for joint discussions with WG 30 include:

·      Modeling and Simulation (WG 28)

·      Computational Advances in OR (WG 29)

·      Social Science Methods and Applications (WG 33)