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Canada to launch wargaming course

26th May 2021 - 12:05 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Bristol

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Strategic wargaming is set to grow in Canada. (Photo: Canadian DND)

Canada continues to develop its strategic wargaming capabilities and is currently planning courses to promote this training to DND staff.

Speaking this week at the Defence Education, Simulation and Training (DSET) conference in Bristol, Maj Scott Roach from the Canadian Joint Warfare Centre’s Joint Wargaming Experimentation & Simulation group told delegates that Canada is about to launch its first wargaming course.

'We’re a relatively new group that has been in existence for nearly two years and we’re now ready to launch what we refer to as our Wargaming 101 course,' explained Roach.

Focusing on the operational and strategic levels, the Ottawa-based Joint Wargaming Experimentation & Simulation group has established itself as one of the premier wargaming organisations in NATO and it has formed strategic partnerships with the USMC and USAF, for example.

'We’ve looked at a number of tools (constructive training systems) over the past couple of years but as we provide joint wargaming services we’ve found that the majority of these tools just focus on air, land or sea domains, and this is a challenge,' explained Roach.

Most of the group’s work has been conducted for the Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), the Joint Operations Planning Group (JOPG) and the Canadian Forces College. The latter provides training for senior Canadian military leaders.

One exception was Operation Laser and Vector that modelled the DND response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CJOC and JOPG exercises have featured operations in the Arctic and Baltic regions.

'We are planning a pilot course to run this fall,' said Roach, 'with two courses set to run in 2022. Although yet to be finalised, the course will feature distance learning before attending a residential module.'

Plans are also being made to run a second course for developers and wargame designers.

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