In a globalized world with its fast technologic development there may just be subtle differences between a strategy that leads to mediocre performance or to success, be it in security or in business. A good strategy leads the way to picking the right battlefield and outsmarting the competition. In security, we have lost a lot of our western technological superior military edge even to non-state actors. Those smartly use consumer and internet technology to influence and to undermine us and to attack the fabric of our society. In business, we have to compete on a truly global battlefield. Our competition is smart, we can win only if smarter. Strategy gaming is of particular value when the competitive environment is undergoing a process of change, as it allows decision makers to consider proactively how different players can react to the change, and to each other. Strategy gaming is adverserial - role playing and the benefits of this are notable in that such adverserial gaming leads to most robust strategies. For example, in trying to predict how a strategy will turn out, the extensive body of by research Kesten Green showed that role play based strategy gaming leads to a far better forecast of a future course of events than if predicted by experts.
Dr Anja van der Hulst - TNO Soesterberg
Helmuth von Moltke