The Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre of the UK
Ministry of Defence has just issued their new 98 page Wargaming Handbook—and it is available as a free download.
In the preface, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff notes:
argaming is a powerful tool. I am convinced that it can deliver better understanding and critical thinking, foresight, genuinely informed decision-making and innovation. Sir John Chilcot’s report highlighted
these very themes. I have also been struck by how important wargaming is becoming among many of our allies and partners. It allows those involved to experiment and learn from their experiences in a ‘safe-to-fail’ environment.
I wish to reinvigorate wargaming in Defence to restore it as part of our DNA. Historically the UK military was accomplished at wargaming but this culture has largely been lost. Where it exists, it is ad hoc and uncoordinated, with demand outstripping existing expertise. We must seek to regenerate this culture and the associated skills among our people – military and civilian alike – at all levels and in all areas of our business. This effort requires everyone’s participation and encouragement, but particularly at senior levels.
The Wargaming Handbook is the first publication of its type in Defence. It is an important element of this initiative and a key resource for us all. I commend it to you.
The Handbook contains chapters on:
Introducing wargaming (Chapter 1)
Wargaming fundamentals (Chapter 2)
Wargaming types, variants and contexts (Chapter 3)
Wargaming process (Chapter 4)
One freely acknowledges that this is quite literally more military wargame based than tabletop but might be of interest or use .