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CWAM:CenterforArmyAnalysisWargamingAnalysisModel
AtGovTechWorks,MichaelPeckhasaveryinterestingarticleontheCenterforArmyAnalysisWargamingAnalysisModel,orCWAM:

Computerscontinuetorevolutionizemodernwarfare,nottheleastofwhenitcomestoputtingbattleplanstothetest.Devisethescenario,feeditintothe
computerandoutspewsdetailedestimatesofrisk,supplyconsumptionandmore.

Butasitturnsout,thattheresnothinglikepittinghumansagainsthumansatleasttogetthekinksoutofaplantobeginwith.

Indeed,PentagonleadersrightuptothedeputysecretaryofdefenseareusingahousebuiltArmyboardgamecompletewithoutcometablesandstandard
dicetospottheflawsinbattleplansbeforecrunchingthenumberswithmoderncomputing.Justasmannedaircraftanddronescanteamtoformahighly
effectivepartnership,computermodelslinkedtoboardgamescanbringoutthebestqualitiesofboth.

TheArmycallsitsboardgameCWAMshortfortheCenterforArmyAnalysisWargamingAnalysisModel.Gamespit(friendly)Blueversus(enemy)Redforces
andresultsarefedintotheJointIntegratedContingencyModel(JICM),apowerfulcomputersimulationthatanalyzesplansandcalculateslossesandsupply
consumption.

Firstdevelopedeightyearsago,CWAMisincreasinglypopularandhasbeenusedbyDeputySecretaryofDefenseRobertWork,awellknownvigorous
advocateforanalyticalwargamingaswellastheJointStaff,multipleCombatantCommands(COCOMs)includingPacific(PACOM)andEuropean(EUROCOM)
commands,andothermajorcomponentcommands,suchasU.S.PacificFleetandPacificAirForcesandU.S.AirForcesEurope.

Thegamehasalsobeenusedtotestpotentialeffectivenessofnewweaponsduringtheacquisitionprocess.

Demandisfaroutstrippingourcapacityatthispoint,saysCWAMcreatorDanielMahoneyIII,acampaignanalystforCenterforArmyAnalysisatFortBelvoir,
Va.Weturnpeopledownnowforwargamingrequests.

UnderstandingtheGame

Physically,CWAMconsistsofatabletopmaptypicallyaboutfivefeetlongandfourfeetwide.Playersmaneuvertheirpieces(representingbrigades)acrossthe
map,justlikeinanyothertabletopgame.ThedigitalBattleTrackerasimplecomputerdatabaserollsdigitaldiceandtrackslosses,suppliesandsoon.If
theyprefer,playersmayalsochoosetouseconventionalphysicaldice.

TheBlueandRedteamsareeachledbyacommanderinchiefandsupportedbyground,airandnavalcommanders.AWhiteCellumpire,supportedbyafew
morepeopletoruntheBattleTracker,overseesthegameasitplaysout.

Whatsmore,Michaelhasgoneastepfurther,andobtainedacopyoftheCWAMrulebook.Youllfindithere.

ThisdetailedApril2016presentationonCWAMbyDanielMahoneytotheMORSwargamingcommunityofpracticemayalsobeofinterest.

h/tMichaelPeck

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