Saudi War Course: Fundamentals of Wargaming

Fundamentals of Wargaming group participants from 1–5 May 2023 in Washington, D.C.


From 1–5 May 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies held a professional military education program in Washington, D.C., on the “Fundamentals of Wargaming” with five faculty members from the Saudi Command and Staff College of Saudi Arabia National Defense University. The course introduced the students to the wargaming theory by reviewing the purpose and types of wargaming, analyzing the principles of wargaming, and reviewing the components of a wargame. At the end of the course, the students put their knowledge into practice, conducting a commercial wargame, under the tutelage of the U.S. Army War College Department of Strategic Wargaming (DSW) faculty. Students were paired with a NESA faculty member to serve as a mentor and support the student’s learning. Professor Justin Boston led the course with academic support from Professor Richard Wiersema, Andrea Brewington, and Mark Bibbey.

Fundamentals of Wargaming applying wargaming lessons learned.


Fundamentals of Wargaming Program participants at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.


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