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Book:Peter Perla's the art of wargaming : a guide for professionals and hobbyists / edited by John Curry.:c2011.:2nd ed. Book Peter Perla's the art of wargaming : a guide for professionals and hobbyists / edited by John Curry.
Peter Perla's the art of wargaming : a guide for professionals and hobbyists / edited by John Curry.
Author: Perla, Peter P
Associated Name: Curry, John (War games historian)
Publication year: c2011.
Language: English
Call Number U310 .P453 2011
Media class: Book
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified : Publisher not identified]
ISBN: 9781471033735 1471033732 9781446731246 1446731243
Notes:
First published in 1990 as: The art of wargaming by the United States Naval Institute.
"... the staff of the War Gaming Department at the Naval War College provided many helpful insights and comments on the early drafts of the manuscript"--P. 13.
Extent: 327 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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"This book provides the most comprehensive and coherent discussion of wargaming written to date. It brings together the professional military war games and the recreational side of wargaming into one account. Based on a lifelong experience as a gaming hobbyist and a professional war gamer in the U.S. defense community, the author's dual perspective has enabled him to offer a thorough evaluation of the two arenas, to discuss their similarities and differences, and to assess their influence on each other. Perla looks first at the history of wargaming in both its hobby and professional guises, and especially at its use by the Naval War College. He then draws on historical experience to define the fundamental principles of what wargaming is, and what it is not, and describes the subjects that wargaming is most useful for exploring. He also suggests how best to take advantage of its capabilities and downplay its limitations. Finally, Perla examines modern trends in wargaming in the light of these historical perspectives and theoretical principles and projects them into the future"--P. [4] of cover.
Forewords to the original edition. Foreword by Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, USN (Ret,) -- Foreword by James F. Dunnigan -- The art of wargaming -- Introduction -- pt.1. Perspectives. The birth of the war games -- Wargaming and the U.S. Naval War College -- Wargaming after the war -- pt. 2. Principles. The nature of war games -- Designing war games -- Developing wargaming -- Playing war games -- Analyzing war games -- Integrating war games with operations analysis and exercises -- pt. 3. Prospects for the future. Navy wargaming today -- What of the future? -- Hot wash-up -- So a war gamer and a black swan walk into a bar ... -- Afterword -- Appendix questions for war game analysis.

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