OA4604 Wargaming Applications

Wargaming has been an essential tool for military planning and decision making for centuries. A properly designed wargame provides a structured environment that allows military professionals to gain insight into complex military problems. The first half of the Wargaming Applications course teaches the fundamentals of wargaming using a mix of lectures and practical exercises. The second half of the course focuses on applying wargaming fundamentals to answer a DoD sponsor's real-life requirement. Student groups will design, develop, conduct, and analyze a wargame to address sponsor's needs.


OA4655 or consent of instructor

Lecture Hours


Lab Hours


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Cite and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of wargaming as an analysis tool.

  • Re-define, negotiate and scope a project’s objective with a sponsor.
  • Apply the fundamentals of wargaming to designing, developing, conducting and analyzing a wargame for a DoD sponsor or other defense partner.
Effectively develop and present the analysis results of a group project.