How Does the US Navy Run Wargames? - A Guided Tour of the US Naval War College Wargaming Facilities - nzwargamer.net

How Does the US Navy Run Wargames? – A Guided Tour of the US Naval War College Wargaming Facilities

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We visit the US Naval War College to find out more about US Naval History and Naval Wargaming. In this video, I provide an overview of the college grounds and follow up with a guided tour of their impressive Naval Wargaming facilities which have been used throughout the history of the Navy from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

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.

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  1. This was a truly fantastic visit and I couldn't be happier to share it with you all. Stay tuned for more follow up videos on wargaming and naval history. Also, are there any other places you suggest I visit next?

  2. I served in Sim's Hall between 1978 and 1980, mainly as a terminal operator for the various officers gaming and the "Admiral" officiating. The main game floor (not shown in the video) was an auditorium seating approximately 300, a gaming floor for about 30 officers, with the focal point being the world's largest (at the time) computerized projection screen (roughly the size of an Imax screen). Officers "manning" the on-screen ships were housed in small offices, cut off from all visuals and communications except traditional "ship-board" comms, with the results of their choices shown in real time on the screen. The computer system was housed in a separate room approximately the size of two city busses. I met Tom Clancy there, who had an office set aside so he could conduct research, write, and interview personnel. I loved serving there, and had the Navy allowed it, I would have served there until retirement. But in 1980 I was forced to either reenlist for duty onboard a ship or leave the service. I truly did not enjoy shipboard duty, so I left. Bad decision? Hmmm…

  3. 7:42… Hindsight being 20/20…, it would have been wiser to replace the British with the Americans…, instead of replacing the Germans with the Americans… :/

  4. As a D&D GM I was impressed they could plot 3 minutes of maneuvers in 30 mins. 3 minutes of combat might take us all night.

  5. What I wouldnt give for a textbook or two from this place. That guy is a great host for the tour.

  6. Pete is an endless font of information and stories.

  7. Modern schools: We will improve our teaching by incorporating games into our classes.

    Navy War College: You mean, what we did 130 years ago?

  8. if i ever visit this place, all im gonna be hearing in my head is "DISPLAY THEIR MIGHT, ORDERING CARRIERS, ADMIRALS AT WAR"

  9. Luce Hall is not Pringle Hall. How long has he worked here?

  10. It would be very interesting to see a group of trained officers go up against a mixed group of total war and paradox grand strategy players in a long drawn out game.

  11. I dont know why your camera guy kept you in the camera, when your just standing there looking awkward, lol. He made it seem like your gonna be asking questions and have input but you never do

  12. "How did" not "how does", clickbait titles suck.

  13. There 19:33 be another reason to have IN person Gaming.. anyone can see the Look of their Opponent.. body slang used and how fast they write down their orders and if they speak to their fellow COs and if not how their chain of communication flows.. eg: drill sgt? this helps later on as in real life action when there are decisions, there be Poly sci and how and when moves are made by body and r speed of inclusion or not.. become KEY variables that might lead to a promotion. / know thy opponent is a sun tzu rule.. and one day there may be a player now friend at same college turned traitor Rebel Yell and if thy know the know U can too be a Capt of a Red October submarine .. and perhaps take a first strike weapon thru the sonar nets and beyond their defenses all the while KNOWING the tactics of them that now chase U 'grey lady down'…. 'i know their tactics, we have the advantage' H4RedOct. //
    always use in person when can.. helps to deal in person later when there might be a President.. and not all presidents are as dumb ass as Bush baby./. 2 losing wars cant save the 20 per day vets dying by self hand movement.. 7300 per yr,. 102,000+ since 2004 alone..
    // if the truth had been known and the navy was in possession of MORE fix this PR island or Key west, there be a better use of aircraft carriers and support groups.. the Large GUNs could fire canisters of rice on to the destroyed by weather towns.. keys P R was a mess.. what good is a navy that can only play games.. ?? too bad for the deaths in the Pacific with the copters crashes and the ships crashing into each other… no Game theory there.. the sonar guy that lied about the 'Contact Torpedo' in the Gulf of tonkin..
    Navy boys are nice for JAG but they sure dont know much about sonar, radar or electric toothbrushes.. // shot down an iranian airliner during the reagan era.. bad karma.. but the navy dude that fired the missile go a medal.. lolol // thanks for this wonderful video.. very informative.. very much so..

  14. Great series, as all your videos! I hope that youtube revenue is good, as you certainly deserve it for the level of professionalism put into your channel. Cheers!

  15. There’s a reason most navy guys love 40k, warhammer, D&D, Etc. its in our blood

  16. Exposing the Darkness with the Light of Truth says:

    WHEN YOU PREPARE FOR WAR, WHETHER AT SEA, LAND, AIR OR SPACE, SEEK GOD'S WISDOM, HIS PLANS ARE FAR ABOVE MANS PLANS, BUT YOU NEED A MAN OR WOMAN THAT CAN HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD, LEAST YOU DELUDE YOURSELVES INTO BELIEVING YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS FOR VICTORY, YOU WILL FALL FLAT ON YOUR FACE!!! HUMBLE YOURSELVES BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD AND SEEK HIS WISDOM THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST…THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL YOU HAVE GOD'S WISDOM FOR WHATEVER YOU SEEK!!! GET CHRISTIAN PEOPLE IN YOUR COLLEGE WHO KNOWS HOW TO PRAY AND RECEIVE ANSWERS FROM GOD, BUT DON'T FOR GET, YOU'RE INVOLVED WITH YOUR PRAYERS TOO, IF YOU'RE BORN AGAIN YOURSELF!!!…WHAT'S MORE, WE HAVE THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB (JESUS) TO COVER OUR MEN AND THEIR MACHINES, THAT CAN BE APPLIED IN THE SPIRIT REALM, IN CASE YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT, READ YOUR BIBLE OR ASK A CHRISTIAN MAN OR WOMAN THAT IS SERVING THE LORD, THEY'LL HELP YOU, BUT TO DO IT ON YOUR OWN, WITHOUT GOD, YOU'LL END IN A DEFEAT!!!

  17. Exposing the Darkness with the Light of Truth says:

    A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT; HOWEVER, THE STRATEGIES PLAYED OUT IN THESE WAR GAMES WILL NEVER TURN OUT THE WAY GOD WOULD HAVE YOU DO!!…THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS IS A STRAIGHT LINE OR THE QUICKEST WAY TO WIN A BATTLE IS WITH PRAYER IN SEEKING GOD'S SOLUTION; THERE IS WHERE VICTORY IS ASSURED BY SOMEONE WHO CAN HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD!!…ISAIAH 55:8-9 – "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." …GOD SEES THE BEGINNING OF A THING FROM THE END AND ALWAYS HAS A BETTER PLAN THAN MAN'S PLANS!!! GOD WILL ALWAYS HELP THE HUMBLE AND NOT THE IGNORANT, YOU LEAVE THAT PART TO THE ENEMY, LET HIM BOAST WHILE THE LORD GIVES YOU THE WISDOM TO DEFEAT HIM!!!…YOU WILL ALWAYS NEED GOD WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, AND HERE IS HOW TO RECEIVE IT: PROVERBS 9:10 " The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding." THE SECOND BATTLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TOOK SO LONG BECAUSE OF A PRIDEFUL HEART AND ARROGANCE, NEVER SEEKING OR PUTTING GOD FIRST, HE WAS NOT INCLUDED!!! HOPEFULLY SOMEONE HAS THE HUMILITY TO SEEK GOD'S ADVICE AND A STRATEGY FOR A COMPLETE VICTORY, THERE IS NO OTHER BETTER WAY, GOD SEES IT ALL!!!

  18. nice they should start producing theire own pc war games as slitherine sux! ;P btw they could change perception by making all u.s, pawns op just like the rusians do in theire games, just make it optional. BTW I would love to play a 2020 version of harpoon with land units included so start with that game lol.

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