Sebastian Bae, "Fleet Marine Force: Designing an Educational Wargame"
We’re excited to wrap up our focus on wargaming by welcoming #TeamKrulak Non-Resident Fellow Sebastian J. Bae back to the #BruteCast. Sebastian is a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), where works in wargaming, emerging technologies, the future of warfare, and strategy and doctrine for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, where he teaches a graduate course on designing educational wargames. He teaches similar courses at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the U.S. Naval Academy. Sebastian is also the faculty advisor to the Georgetown University Wargaming Society, the Co-Chair of the Military Operations Research Society Wargaming Community of Practice, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Educational Wargaming Cooperative. Previously, he served six years in the Marine Corps infantry, deploying to Iraq in 2009 and leaving as a sergeant. Sebastian talks about how he designed the educational wargame FMF INDOPACOM, which went from being a COVID interest project to a tool whose use across the Marine Corps and joint force has grown exponentially in the last year. The Georgetown University Wargaming Society (GUWS) has been a key #TeamKrulak partner in sharing #wargaming knowledge and opportunities. Learn more about GUWS here, and check out their extensive library of #wargaming videos here. Intro/outro music is "Evolution" from BenSound.com (https://www.bensound.com) Follow the Krulak Center: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thekrulakcenter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekrulakcenter/ Twitter: @TheKrulakCenter YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcIYZ84VMuP8bDw0T9K8S3g LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/brute-krulak-center-for-innovation-and-future-warfare Krulak Center homepage on The Landing: https://unum.nsin.us/kcic
In this episode, we discuss -What drew Sebastian to the Marine Corps and the infantry in particular -The persistent public view of the Marine Corps as an all-infantry force -The future of the ‘Every Marine a Rifleman’ ethos -The wearing away of front lines and rear areas in modern-day warfare -What Sebastian’s Marine Corps boot camp experience was like -Sebastian’s thoughts on changing bootcamp -His experiences at the School of Infantry-East -What it was like serving as a reserve enlisted infantryman -The stigma against reserve Marines -Some things Sebastian wishes active-duty Marines understood about reservists -Sebastian’s pre-deployment training and preparations for Iraq -His experience of breaking the news to his mother of his impending deployment to Iraq -Sebastian’s deployment to Ramadi, Iraq -Sebastian’s interactions with the Iraqis -What he took away from the deployment -How Sebastian’s operational experiences have influenced how he designs, develops, and facilitates wargames -How good decision games pose dilemmas to participants -Sebastian’s words of advice to young Marine reservists and those interested in the reserves -How Sebastian got into wargaming -How he learned how to design and facilitate wargames -How Sebastian defines “wargame” -The differences between analytical and educational wargames -Sebastian’s thoughts on the educational utility of commercial wargames -The design “autopsies” Sebastian runs in his wargame design courses -Sebastian’s two “translation points” for wargames -How the wargame design process enriches the designer -Why Sebastian prefers digital wargames for personal use and analog games for professional purposes -What matrix games and operational decision games are -The differences and similarities between different kinds of decision games -Where wargames fail most -The most common barriers to getting people interested in wargaming -How Sebastian wound up teaching wargame design at Georgetown University -Some of the standout student games from the wargame design course -Where the historical settings for those games came from -What inspired Sebastian to create the Georgetown University Wargaming Society (GUWS) -What GUWS has been up to lately -GUWS’ collaborations with the Army War College, Naval War College, and other organizations -The value proposition of playing wargames for Marines -Sebastian’s thoughts on the most effective way to introduce Marines to wargaming -His wargaming work with the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College and US Naval Academy -Sebastian’s work with the Wargaming Division at the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab -Sebastian’s thoughts on SOI-W’s incorporation of chess into the new Infantry Marine Course -Sebastian’s contribution to the Rand report, “Next Generation Wargaming for the Marine Corps” -The addendum Sebastian would write to the report to reflect the realities of COVID-19 -Where Sebastian thinks the Marine Corps gets wargaming right -Where the Marine Corps could improve with wargaming -What Sebastian would do with wargames if he were Commandant of the Marine Corps for the day Links -Sebastian’s RAND profile page: https://www.rand.org/about/people/b/bae_sebastian_joon.html -Georgetown University Wargaming Society: https://www.guwargaming.org/ -(RAND) Next-Generation Wargaming for the U.S. Marine Corps: https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2227.html --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/damien-oconnell/support
Sea Control 166 – Georgetown’s Wargaming Program with Sebastian Bae
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By Jared Samuelson Sebastian Bae (@SebastianBae) joins Jared (@jwsc03) to discuss his own development as a wargamer and designer, the genesis for Georgetown University’s new wargaming program, the Georgetown University Wargaming Society, the explosion of wargaming in both the academic world and Department of Defense and what he’s learned in his first year of teaching. … Continue reading Sea Control 166 – Georgetown’s Wargaming Program with Sebastian Bae →
Professor Sebastian Bae discusses his new course offering at SSP, Basics of Wargaming. Professor Bae discusses exactly what wargaming is, what he hopes students will gain from the course, and how it is leveraged within the intelligence and military communities. We also go over a few examples of the steps and considerations one ought to take when building their own game.The Security Studies Podcast is produced by Jeffrey Palmer. Music: www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music