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April 13, 2009

It felt a little bit like Dr. Strangelove

Last month, the Pentagon Warfare Analysis Laboratory hosted a two day, "first-of-its-kind" war game simulating economic attacks on the United States. Would you like to play a game?

Participants described the event as a series of simulated global calamities, including the collapse of North Korea, Russian manipulation of natural gas prices, and increasing tension between China and Taiwan. “They wanted to see who makes loans to help out, what does each team do to get the other countries involved, and who decides to simply let the North Koreans collapse,” said a participant.

There were five teams: The United States, Russia, China, East Asia and “all others.” They were overseen by a “White Cell” group that functioned as referees, who decided the impact of the moves made by each team as they struggled for economic dominance.

At the end of the two days, the Chinese team emerged as the victors of the overall game – largely because the Russian and American teams had made so many moves against each other that they damaged their own standing to the benefit of the Chinese.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 13, 2009 06:47 AM


Moral of the story: doing nothing is usually best.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 13, 2009 09:41 AM

The Chinese might use the Zen koan that says, "Through inaction all things are accomplished."

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 13, 2009 01:19 PM