What Strategic Wargaming Can Teach Us

#GIDSstatement 5/2021 | 11. Mai 2021 | Autor: Philip Sabin, PhD | Foto: Bundeswehr

Bismarck famously said that it is better to learn from the experience of others than from one’s own real world mistakes. Wargaming offers a vicarious source of this precious experience, and this leads to the suggestion that there are no losers in wargames – only winners and learners. Wargames can save lives and livelihoods by offering a safe to fail experimental environment, whose vicarious insights can help us to avoid or minimise real world conflicts or to limit losses and maximise gains should conflicts occur.