NEWPORT, R.I. – Senior military officers from the U.S. Navy and Air Force will team up with counterparts from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for a war game at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, R.I., Jan. 14-18.
The five-day event, co-hosted by the Pentagon’s Air-Sea Battle Office and the UK Maritime Warfare Centre, will study how to conduct combined operations in order to achieve operational access in a future maritime anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environment.
The wargame is intended to inform emerging joint operational access doctrine, such as the Air-Sea Battle Concept, potential force structure, and how combined operations mitigate risk in a disputed maritime environment. It will also enhance combined operations and synergy of command relationships associated with U.S.-UK operations.
The game is designed to be highly experiential to allow players to identify insights with U.S.-UK integration associated with conductingjoint operational access operations and will help identify risk associated with conducting joint operational access operations.
More than 68 operators from across warfare disciplines will join NWC’s War Gaming Department for the game. In addition to helping refine doctrine concerning joint operational access, the game will help identify how UK and U.S. forces integrate to conduct combined operations.
The game will use innovative gaming mechanics to put players in the role of operational commanders in order to explore how a given plan can be executed, its associated risk, and how to mitigate that risk. Furthermore, the game will employ functional teams of operators to explore the range of missions and desired effects associated with maritime anti-access/area denial environments. Participants will also examine capabilities needed and the role of information dominance for achieving operational access.