Accession Number : ADA018527

Title :   A Retrospective Look at Some Strategy and Force Evaluation Games.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Brown, T. A. ; Paxson, E. W.

Report Date : SEP 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 67

Abstract : The report documents the history of SAFE (Strategy and Force Evaluation), a two-sided manual force posture planning game played at Rand six times in 1962, and compares the ten-year U.S. and SU postures generated with those that actually occurred. SAFE was played for orientation purposes, not forecasting. SAFE included no role-playing and no attempt to simulate bureaucratic games or lag times, but only to develop the rational strategic consequences of given policies, budgets, and (limited) intelligence information. Suggestions for an improved, semiautomated strategic planning game are given. A SAFE bibliography is appended.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY PLANNING, *WAR GAMES, MILITARY FORCE LEVELS, DECISION MAKING, MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY BUDGETS, THREAT EVALUATION, OPERATIONAL READINESS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE