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Originally posted by AntiShyster
Originally posted by MrSpad:
"As I said you tend to wipe out or seriously hurt wreck forces early in an excercise by putting them in a bad situation, giving the OPFOR some cheats, and then handicapping the forces you are training. Its a nice little lesson. Of course ending things like that is a waste of an excersise so ships are refloted and the dead brought back for further phases of the excersise. "
sorry i did the quote wrong...
(my response follows)
I think that must be why Lt Gen Van Riper was so disgusted with the exercise when they reset by refloating those ships he righteously killed.... because, he did not understand business-as-usual in wargames conducted for the Navy's benefit, right?
I think my BS detector is going off here...
[edit on 2-8-2010 by AntiShyster]
Actually you see this on occasion. In particular with retired officers with political beefs. Its not BS he undertands he just knows how the general public will react to such an idea. I know its hard to understand so I will try explain it. A wargame is not a simulation of a war, in as such it follows a natural flow. Its is a series of events. For example lets say you were wargaming and invasion of Cuba. Your anti radar and C&C air attack gets mauled because of bad weather, a suprise new anti air missles and bad intelligence on enemy air craft. This does not end the exercise nor does it end the next phase of the air campaign, Lessons learned are put together. the planes reappear and the air to ground campaign begins only to be mauled by some other suprises. Its not about winning or losiing its about training and reactions. On a smaller scale units who get mauled the first day while in traiing do not send that unit home for the rest of the week because they were killed. They come back to life and go out as part of the exercise the next day and all along put together lessons learned.