Navy Turns To Online Gamers In Fight Against Somali Pirates

wargames_video_boxIf you have spent the past fifteen years in a dank basement playing video games while immersed in a thin layer of Dorito crumbs, the U.S. military needs you to sort out the geopolitical mess around the Horn of Africa for them, please. AFP reports:

The Office of Naval Research plans this month to launch the US military’s first online war game to draw on the ideas of thousands of people instead of the traditional strategy session held inside the Pentagon’s offices.

“Piracy off the Horn of Africa has been an enduring problem that has many stakeholders. We selected this topic for the pilot scenario,” Schuette said.

The game will have three rounds over three weeks, with players in the first stage faced with a piracy scenario and asked to propose brief, Twitter-length solutions. Players will be presented with boxes labeled, “Innovate” and “Defend,” with questions such as: “What new resources could turn the tide in the Somali pirate situation?” In the second round, there are more scenarios to grapple with and then in the third, players are grouped in teams and will come up with a more detailed “action plan.”

The precise details of the war game scenarios are being kept under wraps for the moment by the game designers, the Institute for the Future, a non-profit group based in Palo Alto, California. In true Pentagon fashion, the gaming platform has an unwieldy name, the Massively Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet, or MMOWGLI.

10 Comments on "Navy Turns To Online Gamers In Fight Against Somali Pirates"

  1. Anonymous | May 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm |

     Fishermen attacking boats that dump nuclear and medical waste vs. the Navy + ‘gamers’ who are completely unfazed by murdering ‘bad guys’ = permanent dumping ground for aforementioned waste 

  2. JoiquimCouteau | May 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm |

     Fishermen attacking boats that dump nuclear and medical waste vs. the Navy + ‘gamers’ who are completely unfazed by murdering ‘bad guys’ = permanent dumping ground for aforementioned waste 

  3. Why is the United States there again? Seriously. We’re going after the pirates…because…because they’re pirates! Sheesh…If we have to be the world’s police department, maybe we should look into the reason WHY there are pirates in Somalia to begin with? Just thinking aloud here…something the military is apparently incapable of doing.

  4. Why is the United States there again? Seriously. We’re going after the pirates…because…because they’re pirates! Sheesh…If we have to be the world’s police department, maybe we should look into the reason WHY there are pirates in Somalia to begin with? Just thinking aloud here…something the military is apparently incapable of doing.

  5. Hadrian999 | May 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm |

    they don’t actually want to get rid of the pirates,they make wonderful boogey men, totally incapable of actually harming anything signifigant but they capture the attention of the public. if the power players wanted them gone the pirates would be easily tracked and rolled up

  6. Hadrian999 | May 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm |

    they don’t actually want to get rid of the pirates,they make wonderful boogey men, totally incapable of actually harming anything signifigant but they capture the attention of the public. if the power players wanted them gone the pirates would be easily tracked and rolled up

  7. Grooveboss | Jun 19, 2011 at 4:22 am |

    this seems correct to me.

  8. Grooveboss | Jun 19, 2011 at 4:24 am |

    umm just keep guard ships there. or platform and guard ships escorting valuable cargo. Seems like the navy is looking for new recruits. 

  9. Grooveboss | Jun 19, 2011 at 12:24 am |

    umm just keep guard ships there. or platform and guard ships escorting valuable cargo. Seems like the navy is looking for new recruits. 

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