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Virtual paradox: how digital war has reinvigorated analogue wargaming

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War has become increasingly digital, manifest in the development and deployment of new capabilities in cyber, uncrewed and remote systems, automation, robotics, sensors, communications, data collection and processing, and artificial intelligence. The wargames used to explore such technologies, however, have seen a renaissance of manual and analogue techniques. This article explores this apparent paradox, suggesting that analogue methods have often proven to be more flexible, creative, and responsive than their digital counterparts in addressing emerging modes of warfare.

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Brynen, R. Virtual paradox: how digital war has reinvigorated analogue wargaming. Digi War 1, 138–143 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1057/s42984-020-00004-z

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