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Dr Caligari
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It's well known that the military used board games to train officers in battle tactics and strategies. It seems the CIA is also using board games to train their own officers in intelligence collection and covert ops.

Read on, you may recognize the name of a certain game designer..

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/03/the-cia-uses-board-ga...

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Pretty sure this training is outdated 007 James Bond: Live and Let Die.


Actually, explains a lot.
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FWIW some previous discussion about this:

Gaming In The CIA
Gaming at the CIA
Why the CIA uses board games to train its officers
CIA Uses Boardgames for Training
Interesting article about CIA training using boardgames
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Looks like they need an awful lot of training
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Looks like they need an awful lot of training


So do Olympic athletes if they want to win gold.
 
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Someone posted one of those articles in the Dice Tower guild forum. I pointed out that Volko was a BGG regular. OP's mind blown.
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Many government agencies and commercial enterprises are finding that gaming serves as a useful tool where modeling and simulation (M&S) doesn't suffice. M&S is useful for testing/exercising a process; it attempts to proximate reality, and can identify the strengths and weaknesses in the process. Lessons learned from M&S can lead to changes in the process. But the more that M&S must rely on assumptions to fill in gaps of knowledge or information, the less reliable it is, and the greater the likelihood that the participants will focus on the fidelity of the M&S vice their own decision making.

Gaming allows organizations to step outside their routines to self-examine how they make decisions rather than focusing on how their process drives their decisions. They can allow players to see how their decisions impact those of opponents with different objectives.
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when you said train officers, ticket to ride suddenly made sense to me.
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As has been announced in another thread, some of these games have been released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. Repeating what I posted in that thread, here are links to the released material:

"Kingpin: The Hunt for El Chapo"

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/cia...

"Collection"

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/cia...

"Satellite Construction Kit" (partially released, limited to some sample boards and handwritten notes)

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/mat...

Two more games are still pending. It is not clear if they will be released as some of the correspondence indicates the agency deems them to be classified. These are:

"Afghanistan Sustainability: COIN Dynamics"

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/cia...

"Collection Deck" (I'm not sure if this is just another name for "Collection" or a separate game)

https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/cia...
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