NPS Wargaming Center

 

Mission 


The NPS Wargaming Center is committed to being the vanguard of wargaming education, equipping our nation's warfighters and international partners with the critical skills and analytical aptitude necessary to excel in the dynamic realm of modern conflict. Through the fusion of operational experience and cutting-edge research, the Center will tackle the most pressing challenges faced by our forces, delivering actionable insights and innovative solutions. As a key player within the Naval Education Enterprise, we will relentlessly pursue advancements in wargaming methodologies and technologies, ensuring our Fleet remains at the forefront of military wargaming innovation. Our unwavering focus will be on designing and executing data-driven, mobile wargames that provide our sponsors with the decisive strategic advantages needed to outmaneuver adversaries and safeguard our nation's interests.


The Vision 


Provide DoD, allies and partners: 
• Access to wargaming education through the NPS Wargaming Mobile Education Team (MET). 
• The opportunity to sponsor an NPS student wargaming team to design, develop, conduct and analyze a wargame for their organization in the 11-week resident course. 
• Support, advice, and assistance from NPS wargaming experts as organizations stand up inherent wargaming capabilities and capacities.
• Execute Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) directed, Title 10 wargames that will explore opportunities to strengthen U.S. alliances.


Wargaming


  • Our unwavering focus will be on designing and executing data-driven, mobile wargames that provide our sponsors with the decisive strategic advantages needed to outmaneuver adversaries and safeguard our nation's interests.

    o    Internal Red Cell Development
    o    Cloud based system to future game expansion
    o    Updated comms CENTRIX J and BICES
    o    NPS Adjudication Solution/Model
    o    Hiring staff to fill positions in games in addition to teaching
    o    Exploring keeping some equipment forward


 Executed Games


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Northwest Pacific Wargame 2024 (NWPAC24) was a Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) directed, Title 10 wargame that explored opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, enhance bilateral coordination mechanisms, and inform alliance naval campaign priorities. From July 2023 to June 2024, Naval Postgraduate School in partnership with the Naval War College designed and executed Northwest Pacific Wargame 2024, and provided data-driven results to meet Commander Pacific Fleet War Game objectives.


Upcoming Games


NWPAC25 (Japan)

EUROLANT25 (Europe)


Student Opportunities


  • Travel to “Away” games to assist in execution
  • Assist in development of NPS Wargaming capabilities
  • Fulfill required credits through wargaming classes
  • Develop relationships with foreign military
  • Capstone and PhD Thesis 

NPS Mobile Education Teams 


The NPS Wargaming Mobile Education Team (MET) stood up in 2011 to provide organizations the opportunity to educate a wargaming cadre to design, develop, conduct and analyze wargames through the Basic Analytic Wargaming Course (BAWC).  The BAWC is a 5-day course (40 contact hours) built around hands-on practical exercises coordinated with the sponsoring organization. 
The BAWC provides two benefits to the sponsoring organization: 
• Training a cadre of the organization’s personnel as analytic wargamers who can design, develop, conduct and analyze wargames for their command. 
• Leading students through a wargaming workshop as they are learning basic wargaming fundamentals. The workshop is focused on a wargame that the sponsoring organization needs to conduct, and by the end of the 40 hours the students conduct that wargame as a graduation exercise. 

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The NWSI Wargaming Center Mobile Education Team (Jeff Appleget and Rob Burks) just completed two weeks (10 – 27 SEP) of wargaming workshops for the NATO/EU Hybrid Centre of Excellence (HCOE). The HCOE is the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and currently supports 29 member nations. The Director and her team reached out to the Wargaming Center to support their efforts to develop a broader understanding of hybrid warfare among all the participants through wargaming. The workshops focused on providing a better understanding of hybrid operations to participants. The participants then developed an education wargame focused on better educating HCOE member nations on hybrid operations. The course included 26 participants from ten different NATO and EU nations and is the first step in building a lasting relationship with NPS.

 

https://www.hybridcoe.fi/news/unique-hybrid-wargaming-course-launched/

 

Unique hybrid wargaming course launched - Hybrid CoE - The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

During the month of August, the US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) together with Hybrid CoE conducted two wargaming courses focussing on hybrid threats, in support of the Centre’s Participating States. This marked the first time that such a course was organized, where game-like simulations were conducted to train participants’ strategic thinking in the context of hybrid threat scenarios. Representing 10 Participating States, various national ministries, academia, and the private sector, […]

www.hybridcoe.fi

NPS Wargaming Center - Contact

Contact Information


Directors
COL Jeff Appleget, U.S. Army (ret), Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, Operations Research Dept
(831) 656-7674
jaappleg@nps.edu


COL Rob Burks, U.S. Army (ret), Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept of Defense Analysis
(831) 656-2787
reburks@nps.edu

NPS Wargaming Team
COL Perry, Jason (Director)
CDR White, Justin (Deputy Director)
LCDR Marner, Hunter (Rhino, Ops)
CTT1 Fosbrook, Geoffrey (Admin)

NPSWargaming@nps.edu

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Activities

Wargaming Activities at NPS


Wargaming Week is the culmination of an 11-week course in wargaming applications. Drawing on extensive research, sponsor interaction, and their own considerable military experience, NPS students designed, developed and executed eight different wargames in this latest iteration – classified and unclassified – to dive deep into a range of technical and conceptual scenarios. A more detailed article can be found here.

NPS hosted the Middle Planning Conference (MPC) for the NWPAC24 Wargame in December of 2023. During this event members of PACFLT, 7th Fleet, and the JSDF came to Monterey for a week to discuss game goals and objectives while also creating in person relationships. This was a crucial meeting for the game as it was the first time a majority of the game planners were able to plan in person the game execution.

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Publications from the Wargaming Hub Members

Publications from the Wargaming Hub Members


Wargaming at the Naval Postgraduate School

By Jeff Appleget, Fred Cameron, Rob E. Burks, and Jeff Kline


Developing New Tactics and Technologies in Naval Warfare:  The MDUSV Example

By Jeffrey Kline, John Tanalega, Jeffrey Appleget, and Tom Lucas


Analytic Wargaming on the Rise

By Jeff Appleget and Fred Cameron