Why the U.S. Military Must Get Creative About War Games—and How It Can

Why the U.S. Military Must Get Creative About War Games—and How It Can
Soldiers during a war-game exercise, Fort Bragg, N.C., May 4, 2011 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mike MacLeod).

Among his many mangled yet astute observations, the legendary New York Yankees baseball catcher Yogi Berra once noted, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” This is a dilemma that the architects of American security policy often face. Prediction is hard. But the time it takes to develop new military concepts, organizations and technology, added to the potentially catastrophic consequences of being unprepared, makes it imperative nonetheless. Exploring ways to identify possible futures demands creativity, but that is often rare in large, bureaucratic organizations, particularly inherently conservative ones like the military. To get around this, the Department of […]

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