How Does the US Navy Run Wargames? – A Guided Tour of the US Naval War College Wargaming Facilities
A big thanks to Peter Pellegrino who hosted the tour and provided an excellent educational overview of the military wargaming which took place over the years. The tour starts in Founders Hall which hosted the first classes in 1884 following the US Civil War. At this time they had access to US Navy ships sailing up the Narragansett Bay. However access would be limited shortly thereafter and the college increasingly relied on the naval wargaming which was introduced by Lieutenant William McCarty Little in 1886. This new technique quickly became a core part of the curriculum which acquired many new wargaming facilities as the college expanded over its history. We get a chance to visit Pringle Hall where the Pacific War was planned, Sims Hall where the first computer was introduced for warfare simulation, and McCarty Little Hall where classified modern wargaming takes place.
I hope you enjoy this educational navy documentary on the history of the navy and the development of wargaming in the US Navy.