Studies in Concrete

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…is the name of my presentation at the Military Operations Research Society’s (MORS) event “Analysis of Urban Warfare”, April 2-5 2019 at Marine Corps Base Quantico.

I’m speaking on Wednesday afternoon but I’m putting my script and slides up here now, just before I leave home because I don’t know what kind of Net access I will have on the base.

The point of my talk is to take three civilian wargames on urban irregular war, and  talk about how basic concepts for the situations and supporting research flowed into game mechanics. The three games are

Duration Urban centre Type of conflict
Tupamaro 4 years 1968-72 Montevideo

~1.5 million

Low-intensity insurgency, frequent terrorism
Operation “Whirlwind”/ Nights of Fire 5 days    1956 Budapest

~ 1.6 million

Corps-sized operations against disorganized and unprepared insurgents
“We Are Coming, Nineveh” ~ 5 months 2017 West Mosul

~ 600,000?

Corps-sized operations against organized and prepared insurgents

So here are the items:

script Studies in Concrete am 26 mar

slides (PDF) Studies slides am 27 mar

It’s going to be an intense three days – I wish I weren’t fighting off a cold right now. After that I will be in Washington for a day and a half, then back home to the usual three ring circus here….

While in Washington, I hope to check out the Compleat Strategist satellite store in Falls Church!

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This blog is mostly devoted to posts, work and resources on "serious" conflict simulation games.

2 Responses to Studies in Concrete

  1. Pete S/ SP says:

    Thanks for putting the slides up- its appreciated. On your recommendadtion I’m part way through Cities Under Siege now- finding it very interesting reading.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

    • brtrain says:

      You’re welcome Pete! I always do this, and reassure the audience they don’t have to scribble notes as the script and slides will be available right away. Of course, this presupposes that anyone is inclined to make notes while I am talking….

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