Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Wargaming Intern

June 2022 • Monterey, CA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the lecture opportunities I received. We had multiple guests lecturers from former Aid to the Secretary of Defense, to a CIA Covert Operative. We learned about nuclear effects and deterrence, the US nuclear strategy, game theory, and how to create a wargame based off a given scenario. I enjoyed the freedom given to us to explore the content and the resources available for the construction of our wargame.

What I wish was different

The main difference I would wish is for a longer experience. This internship was only three weeks, and I feel like it could have be longer, allowing for creation of multiple wargames, increasing in scope and allowing for a more holistic understanding of wargaming and strategy.


One piece of advice I would give is to have an open mind and be willing to work. There were a couple lectures that were not as interesting as others, but they were applicable to the course. Being willing to listen and understand are important for your success in the internship.
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