Building partnerships means developing relationships with allies, friends, and stakeholders across the full spectrum of maritime activities in order to create trust and effectively accomplish shared maritime goals. War Gaming is a bridge for building strategic partnerships and a mechanism used to examine the full range of international maritime activities. The desired effect is to build and strengthen national and international maritime relationships and to improve the ability of U.S. and partner nations to operate together in the maritime domain.
The gaming process itself should be viewed as a feedback loop, with an open exchange of professional views, clustering exercises, plenary out-briefs, and post-event analysis all serving as vital and dynamic aspects in studying operational planning methods and fostering international collaboration, information sharing and cultural awareness.
The largest international gaming activity hosted at the Naval War College every other October is the Global Partnership Game series. This highly dynamic and resource intensive game draws in over 200 participants, including a large number of senior representatives from various foreign navies across the world.
Working directly with Combatant Commanders, Navy Component Commanders, numbered fleet commanders, foreign armed forces and international sister naval war colleges, a small sampling of some of our recent games and events collaborated on include;
The Azerbaijan Naval Support Course of Instruction, Kenyan Maritime Center of Excellence Course of Instruction, Russian Naval Academy game series, Western Hemisphere games, Canadian Forces College War Game seminar, Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force games, U.S. and South Korea , Korea United War Game Series, Middle East Regional Maritime Infrastructure Protection Symposium, and U.S. Navy Central Command Bilateral Engagement Series.