COL Mark Gorak leads the OSD-CAPE wargaming team, and manages senior wargame analysts and contractors charged with implementing DepSecDef priorities and better connecting wargaming with the DoD planning, programming, and budgeting process. He is a principle member of the Defense Wargaming Alignment Group and serves as OSD-CAPE lead for the wargaming quad-chair council of colonels. He coordinates and leads excursion wargames, manages the wargaming repository, implements policies, training and funding to improve the quality of wargames and directs OSD wargaming conferences.
His previous assignments include the US Army manpower analysis agency where he served as a senior analyst; Army Staff Headquarters G-1 as branch chief for military personnel program and budget branch responsible for program and execution of military pay; headquarters United States Military Entrance Processing Command where he served as lead analyst; and command of Charlie Company 228th theater aviation company. He served as deputy J5 in Iraq with Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I) evaluating US force presence and conducting theater assessments. In addition to his military assignments, Mark chaired the manpower working group for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) for three years, and is a six-sigma black belt. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Marquette University, applied mathematics master’s degree from Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from Eisenhower School, National Defense University.
This edition focuses on wargaming, a key cylinder of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) innovative engine. The Department wants to employ wargaming to develop new concepts which can integrate new capabilities, enrich programmatic and acquisition decision processes, and inform discussions on departmental strategies.