nsc MMOWGLI Strategic Assessment Released to the Public

nsc MMOWGLI Strategic Assessment

nsc MMOWGLI Strategic Assessment Released to the Public

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Strategic Cell (nsc) has just received approval for the public release of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic Assessment results that were captured from the nsc Strategic MMOWGLI, conducted in September 2014, and that was opened for play by NAVAIR and NAWCAD employees, other government, industry and academia. The Strategic MMOWGLI was comprised of inquiries into the 2030 timeframe, along with three notional battlespace scenarios that could potentially impact future naval aviation demands. Two “Root Cards” – what will the world look like in 2030 and what should NAWCAD do to prepare - were developed which were decomposed into 80 “Seed Cards” to help trigger ideas, thoughts, concepts and perspectives. The game play resulted in over 640 registered game players that created over 5400 idea Cards and 36 Action Plans. These ideas were combined with in-house NAWCAD Leadership Team inputs to create a comprehensive, broad and deep data set of strategic inputs.

NAWCAD 2030 Strategic Enablers

The Strategic Assessment was created by taking the MMOWGLI idea data sets, and then analyzing, synthesizing and interpreting them via qualitative research techniques into nine top level categories that included the environmental construct that will potentially depict the 2030 timeframe, along with eight strategic thrust areas. These thrust areas include Leadership, People, Culture, Communication, Technology, Innovation, Operations, and the Mission. The NAWCAD Strategic Assessment is intended to be used as a resource to help vector our energies, resources and activities in support of our mission, our people, and our relationships across NAWCAD and the Naval Aviation Enterprise. These results provide the “feedstock” for NAWCAD Leadership deliberations in developing strategies and execution actions going forward.

The qualitative research analysis techniques applied to the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI developed a series of common threads which were critical to highlighting the emergent concepts that reflected the overall consensus of the participants that resulted in the identification of sixty-two Strategic Enablers. In addition to these common threads, or themes, the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI identified a number of novel concepts and ideas to consider when conceptualizing the future that provided an additional forty-seven identified Strategic Disrupters. This becomes very relevant to understanding the full spectrum of threats as well as opportunities, and to develop the requisite strategies that can provide Naval Aviation with game changing advantages.

NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI Data SummaryAlso available: NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI Data Summary briefing slides presenting an overview of player contributions and post-game analysis.

In summary, these novel ideas that emerged from the Strategic MMOWGLI provide a starting place for transformational discussions and dialogue. The future is unknown - unless one creates it - by using unique insights, foresights, and actions to lead the way.  The NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI provided a wealth of new ideas, insights and perspectives that are extremely valuable in improving NAWCAD strategic operations, as well as any forward thinking organization. The MMOWGLI concept itself proved to be highly valuable for increasing enterprise awareness, as well as cross-ecosystem collaboration and synergy. The learning that was evident as a result of the virtual dialogue was significant in the idea cards that were presented, as well as in the development of the Action Plans. MMOWGLI provides a powerful tool for collaboration on a large scale to help solve “wicked problems” – those difficult and complex challenges of enormous scope and magnitude.

Biographical note: Lainie Rodriguez is a Senior Analyst in the NAWCAD Strategic Cell who focuses on Strategic Leadership, Communications, Transformation and Innovation.

Game is Complete - Thank-you

This has been a tremendous effort and we thank all who have participated! Your inputs will make a difference and we hope you have enjoyed this opportunity.

While the idea cards are locked, there is still time to add new or refine current action plans. The action plans will be open for all players until the end of Monday, September 22.  The Game Masters will be able to finalize the action plans through Friday, September 26th.  In addition, please take time to vote on the action plans. Where would you like to see us move forward?

Thank-you again to one and all.  Even one idea makes a difference.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to Contribute to Action Plans

Top 10 Reasons Why You Need to Contribute to Action Plans!

Here we go, team. A is for Action Plan!Hey players,  Are you missing an opportunity to take this game and your ideas to the next level?  Well if you haven't been playing in the Action Plans, then the answer is YES!  

10) Your perspective is needed! You might not be an expert, but this is about the Power of the Collective- Innovation comes from the fringe!

  9) Maybe these players are asking the wrong questions- missing the boat- barking up the wrong tree?! It's your change to right the boat and climb the tree!

  8) You were born to be a leader! This is a great place for introverts to LEAD! Put your thinking into the plans that will lead the change!

  7) Get recognized! The Sponsor will be announcing game winners! You could get a letter celebrating your contribution!

  6) It's easy - look at the earlier blog post on how to join an action plan - It's just a click away.

  5) Practice collaboration skills! Action plans are a great venue to expand the conversation with other players and come up with even better ways to craft a final action plan!

  4) Earn innovation points! Authoring Action plans is a great way to score points!

  3) You don't even have to help author a plan to contribute - You can simply comment on plans or cast a vote for the plans you think should be implemented! The power of the thumbs up!

  2) Contributing to action plans elevates your status as a thought leader and may get you invited to future games!

... and (drum roll please!)

  1) You - yes YOU are part of a community doing something to making it better!! You will receive the gratitude of generations to come - while it might not be direct... ok, it might be very difficult to detect on many days, but you will know that You Came - you Played the Game and now the Game is changing - because of YOU!

It’s here Day 12 - Today’s Theme is 2030 Vision Mission Capabilities

With over 5,000 plus Idea Cards and 29 Action Plans to date, that’s impressive for the first ever NAWCAD MMOWGLI.  This is the final day of game play, so please continue to contribute all you can before the Idea cards are locked this weekend.  The Action Plans will remain open until Monday, so we encourage you to keep adding to/shaping them up.  Our top three players on the Leaderboard are:   Aurelian (5094), dolfin719 (4676), and JFeatherstone (3455).  We’re in the home stretch; see if anyone can take the lead from one of our top three with our last seeds cards:    

 What will the world look like in 2030?

  • What should NAWCAD look like in 2030?
  • What disruptive capabilities should NAWCAD exploit in 2030?
  • What will “world class” organizational collaboration; learning and innovation look like in 2030?
  • What will leading organizational change and transformation look like in 2030?

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?
  • How should NAWCAD accelerate needed capabilities for 2030
  • How should NAWCAD lead its innovation “ecosystem”?
  • How should NAWCAD lead ecosystem change and transformation in 2030

Remember, it’s still not too late to play, so encourage others to sign into the game and register to play.  We’re interested in anything you all have to add to the discussions above.  Thanks for playing and being a part of making the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI a success!!

By Vanessa Waters

Day 11 - Vision Mission Capabilities

As of this writing our MMOWGLI players have posted over 4825 idea cards and started 27 Action 

Plans!  Keep p[laying and invite friends. At this part of the game, we really need your help with the Action Plans.  You get Innovation points for your involvement with the Action Plans that can really improve your standing in the game and for the verbose among us, you are not limited to 140 characters for your comments and Action Plans themselves!  To fully experience MMOWGLI and play it to its potential, be a part of the Action Plans! If you are confused by Action Plans, please read Rebecca Law’s excellent primer on them that she posted on Saturday the 13th.  A few of the more interesting Action Plans are:

  • Establishing an Innovation Assistance Team (Number 4)
  • Swarm Technology (Number 8)
  • Technology Exploitation: Nano, Autonomy, Additive Manufacturing (Number 14)
  • Unleashing NAWC's human capital (Number 15)
  • Preparing For Unexpected “Black Swan” Events (Number 20)

Come over and help flesh out the details of these plans!!

We were glad to see some new faces start to play this week.  So welcome to the new players.  Have a great time and help change the game, and NAWCAD.

The new topic area is 2030 Vision Mission Capabilities and the  new seed cards for today are:   

 What will the world look like in 2030?

  • What will the world’s open digital environments look like in 2030?
  • What will the world’s decision support look like in 2030?
  • What will research, product, development and support look like in 2030?
  • What capabilities shoud the NAWCAD have  in 2030?

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD prepare for  2030 open digital environments?
  • How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030 decision support?
  • How should NAWCAD lead its enterprise?
  • How should NAWCAD create World Class 2030 capabilites?

Remember, even if you don't feel that the current topic is something that you have any ideas on, you can always go back and play on any of the previous seed cards or any other idea cards that you find interesting.

We’re interested in anything you all have to add to the discussions above.  Please join in and share your ideas, thoughts, and opinions because you never know it could be the spark that sets NAWCAD in the right direction for 2030.  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Again, thanks for playing, have a great time and continue helping NAWCAD move forward!!

As always, I’ll see you in the game!!!

Barbara Vaughn

Final Week of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI - Get Your Thoughts and Ideas Captured

Final Week of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI - Get Your Thoughts and Ideas Captured!

Cleared for takeoff!Dear MMOWGLI Strategic 2030 players,


So far, we consider this to be a very successful MMOWGLI game, but we aren't done yet!  As we head into the home stretch nearly 600 players have registered, more than 4760 idea cards have been played, and nearly 25 action plans are currently in development catalyzed by some thought provoking idea cards such as:

    A.  The Range of Autonomous Operations needs to include maintenance, resupply, refueling, decontamination, and disposal.

    B.  Suggest that the Arctic could be the first "robot vs robot" battleground.

    C.  Develop a micro-MMOWGLI tool for use by small teams to collaborate and find/develop team breakthrough solutions.

    D.  We need to intentionally reward innovative behavior.

Some of the initial themes coming out include:

    1.  Gaining clarity and prioritizing the most pressing threats to help align actions and investments

    2.  The critical role of technology and our ability to stay aware/keep pace, understand its potentially profound implications, and readily assimilate it into our operations and systems

    3.  Fostering improved overall organizational agility in an increasingly volatile environment

    4.  Creating more of a proactive vs. reactive culture

We are now on day 10 and are looking at the final 2030 scenario of  "Highly Autonomous & Information-Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting" - we want to know what you think that battlespace will look like and what we should be doing about it so we really need your inputs!

 

  • The game and final voting will remain open through next Monday, 22 September 2014.
  • Next week the NAWCAD Strategic MMOWGLI Team will begin analyzing the inputs to help shape our strategic focus in the coming years.
     

Thanks for your support of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI and for all of the great ideas and perspectives that we have now documented to date!

Play the Game!
https://portal.mmowgli.nps.edu/nsc-strategic


VR, Dale

Dr. Dale L. Moore
Director, NAWCAD Strategic Cell
Assistant to the NAWCAD Commander for Strategic Operations

NAWCAD Strategic 2030 MMOWGLI Day 10!! Time To Get Back In!!!

As of this writing our MMOWGLI players have posted over 4480 idea cards and started 19 Action Plans!  Way to go!  At this part of the game, we really need your help with the Action Plans.  You get Innovation points for your involvement with the Action Plans that can really improve your standing in the game and for the verbose among us, you are not limited to 140 characters for your comments and Action Plans themselves!  To fully experience MMOWGLI and play it to its potential, be a part of the Action Plans! If you are confused by Action Plans, please read Rebecca Law’s excellent primer on them that she posted on Saturday the 13th.  A few of the more interesting Action Plans are:

  • Establishing an Innovation Assistance Team (Number 4)
  • Swarm Technology (Number 8)
  • Technology Exploitation: Nano, Autonomy, Additive Manufacturing (Number 14)
  • Unleashing NAWC's human capital (Number 15)
  • Preparing For Unexpected “Black Swan” Events (Number 20)

Come over and help flesh out the details of these plans!!

We were glad to see some new faces start playing on Tuesday.  So welcome to the new players.  Have a great time and help change the game, and NAWCAD.

Our new seed cards for today are:   

 What will the world look like in 2030?

  • What will the world's Open Digital Environments look like in 2030?
  • What will the world's Decision Support look like in 2030?
  • What Research, Product, and Development and support look like in 2030?
  • What capabilities should NAWAD have in 2030??

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030 Open digital Environments?
  • How can NAWCAD prepare for 2030 Decision Support?
  • How will NAWCAD lead its enterprise?
  • How can NAWCAD create world class 2030 capabilities?

Remember, even if you don't feel that the current topic is something that you have any ideas on, you can always go back and play on any of the previous seed cards or any other idea cards that you find interesting.

We’re interested in anything you all have to add to the discussions above.  Please join in and share your ideas, thoughts, and opinions because you never know it could be the spark that sets NAWCAD in the right direction for 2030.  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Again, thanks for playing, have a great time and continue helping NAWCAD move forward!!

As always, I’ll see you in the game!!!

By Barbara Vaughn

It’s Day 9 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI!!

So far, we’ve captured some awesome ideas and comments from last week’s game themes - Open Play Strategic Future, Terrorism in 2030, and the Arctic.  Your conversations have even allowed for the development of Action Plans.  We’re definitely looking forward to the conversations that stem from today’s theme “Highly Autonomous and Information-Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting.”  More people have joined in on the fun, so we’re expecting good results from this MMOWGLI.  Keep playing and getting the word out for others to join in, it’s still not too late.  Our top three players on the Leaderboard as of Monday’s posting are:  dolfin719 (4400), Aurelian (4392), and JFeatherstone (3074).  Let’s see if anyone can take the lead from our top three with our next seed cards:    

 What will the world look like in 2030?

  • How would you describe the Warfighting Battlespace in 2030?
  • What will be the Intent of Peer Competitors in 2030?
  • What will be the Navy’s 2030 Major Challenges and Opportunities?
  • What are the 2030 “Black Swan” Disruptive Scenarios?

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD prepare for this challenge?
  • How can NAWCAD contribute to clear military advantage?
  • How will NAWCAD prepare to meet its Challenges and Opportunities?
  • How can NAWCAD “change the game” for 2030?

As we move into the next phase of our game, please remember to also get involved in our Action Plans.  Rebecca Law posted an excellent primer the other day on how to do so.  You get Innovation points for your involvement with the Action Plans that can really improve your standing in the game!  Also, you are not limited to 140 characters for your comments or in the actual Action Plans themselves, so you are fully able to express your ideas and opinions.  To fully experience MMOWGLI and play it to it's potenital, be a part of the Action Plans!

Additionally, even if you don't feel that the current topic is something that you have any ideas on, you can always go back and play on any of the previous seed cards or any other idea card that you find interesting.

We’re interested in anything you all have to add to the discussions above.  Please join in and share your ideas, thoughts, and opinions because you never know it could be the spark that sets NAWCAD in the right direction for 2030.  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Again, thanks for playing, have a great time and continue helping NAWCAD move forward!!

By Vanessa Waters

The Battle Space in 2030

 Highly Autonomous and Information Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting

 

                Since World War II, the United States Navy has held a distinct advantage against all possible adversaries.  For all of that time, we have been able to control the battle space, in the air, on the sea, below the sea and, more recently, both in outer space and cyberspace.  Whether it was at home, or abroad in any location where we could deploy our carrier battle groups, we could prevent our adversaries from entering or attacking any area we controlled.

                Over the last several years, though, several potential future adversaries are beginning to emerge as legitimate threats in many different areas of the battle space.  Whether through improved ballistic and cruise missiles, quieter submarines, surface to air missiles, anti-satellite capability, or hacking into secure tactical and strategic information networks, these countries and organizations are making it more complicated for the Navy to operate around the world.  It is expected that the abilities of our adversaries will continue to improve.  What can we do to counter these threats?

                Traditionally, the United States’ response to dealing with these threats has been to field the most technically capable systems and newest technologies available.    As some technologies improve and become less expensive to produce, however, our potential adversaries are becoming better able to protect their own battle spaces and potentially prevent our Navy from acting effectively in those areas.    For instance, the ability to field significant long range counter-air or counter-maritime weapon systems could limit the U.S.’s ability to project power and to maintain stability in strategically important regions.  Additionally, in the cyber realm, potential adversaries are demonstrating ever greater capabilities.

                How would we fight these capabilities if we needed to?  Some new technologies, like autonomous drones (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQIMGV5vtd4) might help.

 

What seems clear at the moment, however, is that weapon systems will need to be more autonomous and more able to make decisions without needing to communicate through potentially compromised or blocked communications channels.  In order to accomplish this goal, we will need both better advance information and better weapon system sensors in order for the autonomous systems to work.  Lastly, we will need to integrate with our coalition partners and organizations. We will need to work together to control our operating areas and ensure success.

                These are the trends that are going on today.  Will these trends continue?  Might they accelerate?  What will the world look like in 2030 if they do?  Who will our like-minded countries and organizations be?  What cultural and political forces will exist in 2030 that we will likely have to deal with?  If these questions light your fire, or if you have an opinion on the answers, we want your help.  Come play the NAWCAD 2030 MMOWGLI during the Highly Autonomous Information Centric Integrated Coalition Warfighting sequence on days 9 and 10 of the game (Sept. 16 and 17) and help shape the direction that NAWCAD moves over the next 16 years.

Welcome to Day 8 of the NAWCAD Strategic MMOWGLI

Welcome to all of our MMOWGLI Players and those who are just registering.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas! Our numbers continue to grow and everyone is valuable. Keep up the good work and thanks!

This is the second day of the Arctic Scenario.  To kick things off, our team has posted new seed cards to get the discussion moving. 

Hope you enjoyed the weekend open play and had time to reflect and imagine our future.

Future - What will the World Look Like In 2030? The four seed cards are:

What future disruptive technologies, concepts and ideas could address Arctic challenges in 2030?

What should NAWCAD do to maintain Arctic security in 2030?

What will search and rescue capabilites look like in 2030?

What future concepts could provide a distinctive advantage in 2030 Arctic?

Prepare - How Should NAWCAD Prepare For 2030? The seed cards are:

What should NAWCAD do to prepare for disruptive technologies, concepts & ideas for Arctic in 2030?

How should NAWCAD help maintain Arctic security?

How should NAWCAD improve search and rescue capabilites?

How should NAWCAD implement key concepts that provide a distinctive advantage in the 2030 Arctic?

Have you been reading up on this? Is there information that you can add? If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!! 

I'll see you in the game!!

By Barbara Vaughn

From Idea Cards to Action Plans

Hello players! So far, over 3900 Idea Cards played, and we're just on Day 6!  Speaking of Action Plans...what are they?  How do you create one? Why are they important?

Action Plans are the who, what, why, when and where of one, single Idea Card.  An Action Plan is your opportunity as a player to tell us more about your idea.  In an Action Plan, you are not restricted to 140 characters or less.  In addition, you can even add images and video to enrich your plan. 

Action Plans are important because they are another way to win generate points!  Innovation Points begin to rack up when you create an Action Plan and/or contribute to them.  There are many ways to collaborate on an Action Plan without being an author.  For example, players can contribute their knowledge by adding to the Comments section of an Action Plan.  Players can also vote on the quality of the Action Plan.

Also, Action Plans with a red number need expertise! These are just a few of the ways you can contribute!

Know that you know what an Action Plan is how do you create one?  Simply select the Trouble Report link at the bottom of the game page.  Within the first paragraph, you'll see a link on how to create an Action Plan.  Fill out this form and your request will be answered shortly. 

 

In the end, collaboration on Action Plans is what MMOWGLI is all about.  Generating "knowledge accidents" and making them a concrete plan.  Thanks for your continued contributions.  Play the game, change the game!

Welcome to Day 5 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI

It was an exciting day yesterday. Lots of good play and great ideas. We have over 500 registered users and will soon have 4000 cards played. 

Welcome to all of our MMOWGLI Players and those who are just registering.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas! Our numbers are growing and everyone is valuable. Keep up the good work and thanks.

This is the first day of the  Arctic Scenario.  To kick things off, our team has posted new seed cards to get the discussion moving. 

Under the heading of  Future - What Will The World Look Like In 2030? The four seed cards are:

  1. What does the Arctic Geopolitical Environment look like in 2030?
  2. What will be the unique 2030 Arctic Environmental concerns?
  3. What will be required to ensure 2030 Arctic conditions?
  4. What will Arctic International Governance look like in 2030?

Under the heading of Prepare - How Should NAWCAD Prepare For 2030? The seed cards are:

  1. How should NAWCAD prepare for these challenges?
  2. How should NAWCAD prepare for the 2030 Environmental concerns?
  3. How should NAWCAD ensure 203 International Security?
  4. How should NAWCAD prepare for the Arctic in 2030?

I'm sure all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!! 

I'll see you in the game!!

By Barbara Vaughn

The Arctic Scenario

Climate change is a major influence on potential operations in the Arctic. On the positive side, it opens new sea routes and opportunities for resource mining.  On the negative side, it may create a new requirement for the US Navy to protect those routes.  The May 2013 National Strategy for the Arctic Region declares we will enable our vessels and aircraft to operate, consistent with international law, through, under and over the airspace and waters of the Arctic, support lawful commerce, achieve a greater awareness of activity in the region, and intelligently evolve our Arctic infrastructure and capabilities.

The current international governance comes from the ”United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”, the Arctic Council and the proposed Arctic Circle, a wider group of countries with an interest in the area.

There are about 4,000,000 people living in the Arctic area and 350,000 of these are indigenous.

Questions to explore:

  • Where should NAWCAD put its priority and emphasis? What do we need in order to provide an effective analysis of the Arctic area and its challenges?
  • If we look in depth at the challenges that change in the arctic will bring, how should we develop the needed adaptation strategies?
  • The Coast Guard declares that improved communications, charting, domain awareness, infrastructure investments, and training and exercise opportunities are critical enablers for future success. How can we improve Arctic communications?
  • The Coast Guard declares that the U.S. has limited surveillance, monitoring and information system capabilities. What should we be pursuing to correct this?
  • How can we enhance integration, innovation and fielding of emerging technologies in this area?
  • If success in the Arctic requires a collective effort across both the public and private sectors, how can we promote collective efforts?  Is the Arctic Council which the U.S. chairs for 2 years beginning in 2015 a sufficient resource?
  • The Coast Guard is proposing a Center for Arctic Strategy and Policy to augment our collective abilities. How could we make this even more collaborative? (See http://www.marinelink.som/news/priorities-outlines371451.aspx)
  • The Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy has three priorities: improve awareness, modernize governance, and broaden partnerships.  Beyond the Arctic Council and the proposed Arctic Circle, what do we need to do to broaden our partnerships? (see The Future of the Arctic: A New Global Playing Field)
  • What will we need to think about to ensure that National Security Presidential Directive 66 (see below) priorities are appropriately considered?
  • What will be required if the U.S. is to continue to set the standard for collaboration on scientific research?
  • How can we enhance our ability to overcome the logistical challenges of large distances, extreme weather and the scarcity of physical infrastructure?
  • The 2014 Navy Arctic Strategy proposes many more and more complex exercises in the 2020-2030 timeframe. How do we do this with the current downsizing and aging of ships and other assets?
  • If sea routes are opened up, how will we be involved in the infrastructure buildup required (i.e. harbors, channels, buoys…)? If these sea routes are only open seasonally, how will we maintain the infrastructure?
  • Some long range climate models indicate that we will be in a warming trend until about 2038. What effect should that have on our planning? What priority should it take? And if the warming trend does not go as predicted, what effect could that have?

 

National Security Presidential Directive 66 outlines U.S. Government priorities as

  • National security and Homeland Security interests
  • International Governance
  • Extended Continental Shelf & boundary issues
  • International Scientific cooperation
  • Marine Transport
  • Economic issues
  • Environment resources, and
  • Involvement of indigenous communities

 

If these questions light your fire, or you have an opinion on the answers, we want your help.  Come play the NAWCAD 2030 MMOWGLI during the Arctic Circle sequence on days 5 and 8 of the game (September 12thand 15th) and help shape the direction that NAWCAD moves over the next 16 years.

Further links:

www.scientificamerican.com

www.longrangeweather.com/global_temperatures.htm

www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/DOCS/CG_Arctic_Strategy.pdf

http://www.marinelink.com/news/priorities-outline371451.aspx

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41153.pdf

Keeping It Moving On Day 4 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

Welcome to Day 4!  We’re keeping it moving with yesterday’s topic on “Terrorism in 2030.”  Thank you to all that have been playing and to new players that are just joining in on the fun.  Thus far, the discussions and comments have been dynamic, enlightening, and most importantly helpful.  Our top three players on the Leaderboard as of Wednesday’s posting are:   Aurelian (4054), dolfin719 (3267) and JFeatherstone (2303).  You all are really motivating others to keep it moving. 

We’re excited to see what conversations will derive from our next seed cards:

What will the world look like in 2030?

  • What key concepts or ideas would provide a distinctive advantage against 2030 terrorism?
  • What will naval aviation do to prepare to pre-empt terrorism in 2030?
  • What will naval aviation do to anticipate and neutralize 2030 terrorism?
  • What specific capabilities will naval aviation leverage to deter/defeat terrorism?

 And

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD implement key concepts and ideas?
  • How should NAWCAD prepare to pre-empt terrorism?
  • How should NAWCAD prepare to neutralize terrorism?
  • What plans and strategies does NAWCAD need to put in place to thwart terrorism 2030?

We know all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember players, you get points for posting and additional points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!!

Have fun and keeping it moving!!

By Vanessa Waters

Changing Gears On Day 3 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

Changing Gears On Day 3 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

 

To all our players over the last two days, we'd like to thank you for your thoughtful and interesting ideas.  The conversations have been lively, informative and entertaining!  I hope you are all enjoying the game and finding it a fun and useful experience.  Our unofficial “All In” award has to go to Aurelian, who by the time I left yesterday, had posted over 200 idea cards and was at the top of the Leaderboard.  That’s the way to play the game.

Today, we shift our focus a little and concentrate on a single subject; Terrorism in 2030.  As highlighted by the article posted by Vanessa Waters yesterday there is a lot to discuss and think about in this area.  Our seed cards are now:

What will the world look like in 2030?

  • How would you describe Terrorism around the world in 2030
  • What trends fuel the proliferation of terrorism?
  • What will the various forms of terrorism look like in 2030?
  • What effect will social media have on terrorism?

And

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • How should NAWCAD counter 2030 terrorism?
  • How should NAWCAD deter and defeat the threats of 2030 terrorism?
  • What capabilities will be needed to defeat terrorism in 2030?
  • How should NAWCAD leverage social media to counter terrorism?

We know all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!!

I'll see you in the game!!

By Tom Knudsen

Changing Gears On Day 3 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

To all our players over the last two days, we'd like to thank you for your thoughtful and interesting ideas.  The conversations have been lively, informative and entertaining!  I hope you are all enjoying the game and finding it a fun and useful experience.  Our unofficial “All In” award has to go to Aurelian, who by the time I left yesterday, had posted over 200 idea cards and was at the top of the Leaderboard.  That’s the way to play the game.

Today, we shift our focus a little and concentrate on a single subject; Terrorism in 2030.  As highlighted by the article posted by Vanessa Waters yesterday, there is a lot to discuss and think about in this area.  Our seed cards are now:

What will the world look like in 2030?

  • Card 2035. How would you describe Terrorism around the world in 2030?
  • Card 2036. What trends fuel the proliferation of terrorism?
  • Card 2037. What will the various forms of terrorism look like in 2030?
  • Card 2038. What effect will social media have on terrorism?

And

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?

  • Card 2039. How should NAWCAD counter 2030 terrorism?
  • Card 2040. How should NAWCAD deter and defeat the threats of 2030 terrorism?
  • Card 2041. What capabilities will be needed to defeat terrorism in 2030?
  • Card 2042. How should NAWCAD leverage social media to counter terrorism?

We know all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!!

I'll see you in the game!!

By Tom Knudsen

Terrorism in 2030

What might the terrorists do next?Terrorism:  Where will it be in 2030?  It’s hard to predict, but we should want it to be dwindling or possibly extinct. 

One of the keys to defeating terrorism is vigilance.  We must all be vigilant.  We must never underestimate the capabilities and intentions of our adversaries. 

Our adversaries could be living among us largely unnoticed and they are continually striving to exploit our vulnerabilities.  A sophisticated adversary could potentially take advantage of our vulnerabilities if we do not ensure that our missions, programs, projects and activities are safer and more secure.  What kind of creative techniques might we anticipate terrorists taking against us in 2030?

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left deep physical and emotional scars on our entire nation.  Al Qaeda was sophisticated, patient, and well-trained.  They planned the attack for over 10 years.  When they struck, thousands died.  Our eyes were opened, but maybe not wide enough, and since that time we have witnessed many other acts of terrorism.  How can we best maintain a mindset of vigilance and ensure that we will be a difficult target for any future attacks?

Over the past 20 years terrorists have increasingly committed violent acts with a religious or political motive.  While the Middle East has been the nexus for terrorism, hubs of supporters are sprouting up world-wide and in the most unlikely places.  What will be the result of political and cultural trends in these areas between now and 2030?

Play the game, change the gameWe live in a world where information literally moves at the speed of light.  Terrorists often use our own tools to gain knowledge of our capabilities, intentions, limitations, and so on.  They find useful information on the internet, through news media, social media, or just plain old human carelessness. The cliché “loose lips sinks ships” comes to mind.  The Tsarnaev brothers, who resided in the U.S., were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013.  They killed three and injured over 260 with pressure cooker bombs.  The brothers learned how to make them from the internet.  How can we counter similar threats in the future?

Cyber terrorism, already a real-world threat, will continue to increase with the rising use of computers and technology worldwide.  In order to counter cyberterrorism in the future we should not ignore it now, and we must keep in mind that there is a new wave of a more computer-minded terrorists coming that will likely turn more towards unconventional methods like increased cyberterrorism to pursue their goals.  What will escalating cyber terrorism look like and how can we counter it?

Planning and preparing for future operationsOur allies have suffered terrorist attacks, too.  Over the past three decades, the United Kingdom and other countries have experienced terrorist attacks mainly in the form of bombings or attempted bombings. How can we utilize these threats to help build cooperation around the world in addressing terrorism?

Where is terrorism heading?  One direction is evident in the rise of ISIS, also known as “ISIL” and the “Islamic State.”  ISIS appears to be sophisticated, calculating, and determined.  They have announced that their primary goal is to create an Islamic nation, conquering and destroying anything in their path in order to attain that goal.  How can we move forward in our capabilities to thwart them?

Terrorism will likely affect the future of our communications, information, operations, transportation, technological development, and financial systems in our homeland and overseas. 

If these questions light your fire, or you have an opinion on the answers, we want your help.  Come play the NAWCAD 2030 MMOWGLI during the Terrorism sequence on days 3 and 4 of the game (September 10th and 11th) and help shape the direction that NAWCAD moves over the next 16 years.

Open Play Day Two - Make it a great day

Welcome to Day 2 of the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

Welcome to all of our MMOWGLI Players and those who are just registering.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas! Our numbers are growing and everyone is valuable. Keep up the good work and thanks.

This is the second day of the  Open Play Stategic Future 2030.  To kick things off, our team has posted new seed cards to get the discussion moving. 

Under the heading of  Future - What Will The World Look Like In 2030? The four seed cards are:

  1. What will the world’s data, information, and knowledge look like in 2030?
  2. What technologies will provide military advantages in 2030?
  3. What talent and skills will be required in 2030?
  4. What will the government/military  industrial complex look like in 2030?

How should NAWCAD prepare for 2030?Under the heading of Prepare - How Should NAWCAD Prepare For 2030? The seed cards are:

  1. How can NAWCAD best leverage 2030 data, information, and knowledge?
  2. How can NAWCAD best develop and leverage emerging 2030 disruptive technologies?
  3. How can NAWCAD best access, develop, sustain and retain world class talent?
  4. How can NAWCAD best influence it’s government/military industrial complex in 2030?

I'm sure all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD move forward!! 

I'll see you in the game!!

By Barbara Vaughn

Welcome to the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI

Welcome to the NAWCAD 2030 Strategic MMOWGLI !!

As of 9:00pm EDT on September 7, 2014 the game is LIVE!!

Welcome to all of our MMOWGLI Players and those who are just registering.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!

For the first two days of play our theme is Open Play Stategic Future 2030.  To kick things off, our team has posted some seed cards to get the discussion moving. 

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Under the heading of  Future - What Will The World Look Like In 2030? The four seed cards are:

Under the heading of Prepare - How Should NAWCAD Prepare For 2030? The seed cards are:

I'm sure all of you have something you can add to the discussions above?  If you haven't already done so, please sign into the game and register to play.  Then it's very easy to start joining the conversation.  Just click on a card that interests you and start playing.  Remember, you get points for posting, but you get even more points when your posts spur long and interesting discussions!  Have a great time and help NAWCAD all at the same time!! 

I'll see you in the game!!

NPS researchers challenge citizen scientists to 'Change the Game'

Play the game, change the game!NPS researchers challenge citizen scientists to 'Change the Game'

Story by Ken Stewart, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

MONTEREY, Calif. - Despite its lengthy title and awkward acronym, the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet, or MMOWGLI, has garnered increased attention in recent days as policy makers have leveraged its ability to encourage discussion and crowdsource solutions to complex problems. MMOWGLI games are currently exploring issues as diverse as naval energy policy, combating piracy, and even copyright infringement. [...]

Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/141161/nps-researchers-challenge-citizen-scientists-change-game
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