John Lawson III is a contractor who supports the Marine Corps M&S Management Office. Before that, he was a contractor serving several Air Force entities as an analyst. He has spent more than a decade monitoring commercial game technology and its potential utility for military analysis and military M&S. In the 1990s, he was a newspaper reporter, mainly for The Tampa Tribune; he is also the author of Tom Landry and Bill Walsh: How two coaching legends took championship football from the Packer Sweep to Brady vs. Manning. Lawson served in the Marine Corps Reserve for nine years and reached the rank of staff sergeant. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland; a B.A. from Washington & Lee University for a double major in history and English; and an M.A. from the University of Florida in mass communications.
If you deal in computer models and simulations (M&S), and you aim to support wargaming, you need to understand what type of wargame you are supporting, and you need to understand the wargame’s purpose. This article is about understanding those two aspects of M&S support to wargaming: wargame type and wargame purpose.