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Wargame Adjudication and Facilitation SME

This position is contingent upon award.



Norfolk, VA

Position Overview

Wargame adjudication is conducted in numerous ways, by expert opinion, player consensus, rules based, modelling and simulation (M&S), or a combination of these. Regardless of the method, a dedicated member of the wargame team will manage the adjudication process and the delivery of adjudicated results back to the players. Wargame facilitation is the careful management of players, time, information, and resources necessary to keep the game on-track and meet its objectives. Facilitation activities include knowledge management tasks related to the storage, organization, and access to all the knowledge necessary for the successful execution of the wargame and include coordination of all wargame team member’s support to wargame facilitation.

  • Nationality of one of the NATO member countries.
  • A 4-year University baccalaureate degree.
  • Leadership experience at the OF-3 or equivalent or higher.
  • Demonstrated experience in wargame adjudication and facilitation in the past five (5) years within a military environment at the strategic and operational level.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and managing multinational teams.
  • Understanding of NATO structure and political environment as relevant to delivering wargame adjudication to a diverse and senior military and political audience.
  • NATO Secret Security Clearance or national equivalent.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English as defined in STANAG 6001 (Standardized Linguistic Profile (SLP) 4444 - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office Tool suite and collaborative software.
  • During wargame execution, the role of the adjudicator may take many different forms, all of which are necessary to determine the results of the player decisions and actions while effectively communicating those results back to the players.
  • For simple seminar and matrix-style games, the adjudicator will serve as the primary arbiter between the different teams and will adjudicate based on agreed-upon standards as determined by the game designer, game director, and game sponsors. This may include the use of simple adjudication methods utilizing dice or other random number-generating methods.
  • For larger seminar or matrix-style games that may include an adjudication panel of experts and/or senior leaders, the adjudicator’s job will be to manage these panels and their deliberations to keep the wargame on time and within the agreed upon parameters necessary to meet the wargame’s aim and objectives.
  • For rules-based games or games that are utilizing modelling and simulation (M&S) based adjudication, the adjudicator’s role will be to ensure that player decisions are properly communicated and the results of their decisions are properly communicated in an efficient and effective manner.
  • During the wargame design and development phase, provide expert guidance to the designer and analyst on the suitability of the design decisions to enable proper adjudication. If the wargame is rules-based or partially rules-based, the adjudicator will assist the designer/developer in determining if the rules fairly and accurately determine the results of player decisions (most commercial wargames are rules-based for reference). The adjudicator is expected to assist with the wargame design, development, and testing throughout the process.
  • The adjudicator should provide the analyst and wargame director their observations and feedback as part of the DCAP and final reports. Reports should primarily be focused on insights into player decision-making and the rationale behind the adjudicated results of the players.
  • Other design/development, adjudication, facilitation of analytical tasks as directed by the game director and within the scope of the contract and the expertise of the adjudicator.

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