NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI Game NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI Game

Game success!  NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI ran 8-19 September 2014.

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Welcome to the NAWCAD (Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division) 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI Game

As "Joshua" asked in the 1983 movie WarGames, "Would you like to play a game?"

"MMOWGLI is an online game designed to find and collectively grow breakthrough solutions to some of our most urgent problems.  In 2011, thousands of players contributed tens of thousands of ideas to turn the tide of global piracy.  In 2012 another large MMOWGLI game was played to find innovative ways to increase the energy effectiveness of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.  Ten more MMOWGLI games occurred in 2013-2014.

Our latest challenge to tackle is no less urgent.  To generate ideas from a broad field of participants, the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) are partnering to conduct a crowd-sourcing online wargame on our future strategic direction.  You are cordially invited to play!

NAWCAD is embarking on a new era of change and transformation in how we develop, test, and deliver our products to our warfighters in response to global threats.  As we think about the future, we need your help to identify issues and shape our strategic focus areas.

We need your help by participating in NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI.  Together, we have the ideas and ability to help our organization formulate innovative breakthrough strategies to address three areas that will become strategically significant over the next 15 years:

    1.      Highly Autonomous and Information-Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting: Future State Regional Deterrence

    2.      Next-Generation Terrorism:  Deterring Asymmetric Threats

    3.      Arctic Region: Ensuring Security in an Emerging Global Commons

Your thoughts and ideas in helping us address these areas are critical to shaping NAWCAD's strategy for future success.  We challenge you to play the game and make yourselves heard anonymously - no matter what your role is we believe everyone has important contributions to make that will help NAWCAD successfully meet it's mission for the future."

We need your thinking and creative ideas. Please share them with us by playing this game. You can be a part of shaping the future of Naval Aviation! 

Why We are Playing the Game

Forecasting Naval Aviation impacts in the areas of Highly Autonomous and Information Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting, Terrorism, and the Arctic in 2030 is a highly complex and wicked problem. NAWCAD Leadership has decided to utilize MMOWGLI to assist in solving this issue.

What the heck is "MMOWGLI?"  In a nutshell, it's a powerful tool developed by the Naval Postgraduate School in the form of an on-line game designed to solve some the world's most wicked problems.  Have you ever watched the news or television show or even read an article where people went about resolving an issue or problem and you thought to yourself, "Why are they doing it that way?  I could think of a thousand other, better, more efficient, cheaper (you get the picture) ideas or ways of doing it..…if only I had a way to tell them.  But why bother—no one is interested in what I have to say, and besides, I'm not high enough up the chain to even be heard." 

Not any more! 

YOU have the power to change the game, and I'm not talking about "Battleship."   I'm talking about MMOWGLI, which stands for "Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet" and puts the controller in your hands to completely anonymously put your ideas out there to help NAWCAD solve wicked problems.  How do we generally solve a problem?  We select a small group of people, set up meetings, assign roles and responsibilities, and work toward a solution based on the solution set constraints developed by the team.  So here's a new way to challenge how we typically think and go about it: when we have a wicked problem, why would we want to limit ourselves to just those ideas of a select few when we can tap into a limitless universe of thoughts and ideas from both home and around the world through crowdsourcing?

If you haven't heard of crowdsourcing, Enrique Estellés-Arolas and Fernando González Ladrón-de-Guevara developed a new integrating definition that describes [1] it this way:

"Crowdsourcing is a type of participative online activity in which an individual, an institution, a non-profit organization, or company proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity, and number, via a flexible open call, the voluntary undertaking of a task… ".

NAWCAD Leadership and the Strategic Cell want YOU to participate in upcoming games and get your ideas out there – anonymously!  Check out the website today and learn how to play.  The next opportunity to play is coming up in September and will involve The Future of NAWCAD in the year 2030!  Log in now, get an account, learn how to play, and be ready to go when the game is launched.  YOU can make a difference and can help impact the future of NAWCAD and better position the organization to defend freedom in a complex world.

Your ideas will be essential - please join us.  All feedback is welcome.  This 2030 portal is a shared information resource supporting game players. 

Thanks for all contributions.  Play the game, change the game!

Access and Game Dates

The 2030 MMOWGLI game is intended for Navy acquisition professionals and industry companies supporting the Navy.

  • 8-19 September 2014Identify and Explore 2030 Naval Aviation challenges

If you want to review everything done so far, here are the Idea Card Chain Report and Action Plan Report links.  They will be updated hourly during gameplay.

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[1]Estellés-Arolas, Enrique; González-Ladrón-de-Guevara, Fernando (2012), "Towards an Integrated Crowdsourcing Definition"(PDF), Journal of Information Science 38 (2): 189–200, doi:10.1177/0165551512437638