Currently a software developer for the United States Air Force, and a graduate student at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in the Information Engineering Management program. The purpose of this site is to document the progress of my final project in the program. A thesis on the benefits of wargaming for business.
1. Purpose of this project: This project got me thinking about the PhD, honestly I underestimated the time and effort required. It has not dissuaded me from the pursuit, it has now become a goal that I must conquer. It has also taken something that I do, and has made it even more exciting. Having had several individuals from the Wargaming Center read the paper, they have come back and sparked new ideas that I will probably pursue going forward. I was asked the question this semester by Dr. Molly Wasko, Associate Professor and Department Chair for Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, “Why are you bothering with a PhD, if you are not going into academia?”… Fair enough question, and it ranks up there with “Why do you want to ride a bicycle across the country?” that I get all the time. The answer is that I need to set high goals and push myself to achieve them, even if it’s only for my inner satisfaction. When I reach them and succeed, it pushes me to go even further. Who knows I may teach someday, but after being in the military for so long, I feel a need to start my own lifestyle business, so the direction it takes is of my doing.
2. Target for the paper – I am talking with the Air University Press on getting the paper published.
I would like to take a moment to say thanks to my fellow clients in the IEM program, it has been a great two years and I have learned so much from our interactions in class and the many teams we were on. To the faculty that make this program an outstanding experience, and taught me real life skills that will continue to enhance my career. To my colleagues at AFWI, that have been patient with me as I pursued this degree. A special thanks to Col Howard Ward for being a great mentor and leader, and giving of his time to the IEM program. Mr. James “UW” Powell for giving me the confidence to take on this challenge, and writing an outstanding recommendation letter to get me into the program, still can’t believe they bought it, and providing a tool that helped in keeping my research organized and saved me countless hours. My personal dedications and acknowledgements are on the thesis itself.
The paper is under the button that says “The Thesis”.
It’s 4:30 AM, and I’m having my coffee before heading to Montgomery. I just wanted to take a moment and look back at this semester, as it was a complete blur. When I get home from work tonight, I will give the paper a final read through and post it up here. I’m happy with the product I will turn in, considering the time constraints. I feel like I only scratched the surface of many ideas in the paper, and would have loved to dive deeper but couldn’t. I will get my chance to explore further as I move on and pursue my PhD. This was a lesson I needed in what it will take to fulfill my end goal of a PhD. before heading on that journey. I have had the opportunity to meet with the expert of wargaming Dr. Perla, and work in wargames while writing about them. I have a deeper appreciation for what we do at the LeMay Wargaming Center, and look forward to exploring wargaming even further in the next few years.
These are the books I read this semester to research this paper, along with the many academic journals. The ironic part is most were actually read while I was participating in a wargame. During our “Futures” and “JLASS” wargames I would read every moment I was free…
This Word Press site has been giving me nothing but headaches, to the point it has been completely deleted and and put back fresh. I am behind schedule, but will be using this three day weekend to play catch up, and get back on track. The push back of the schedule was directly correlated to a severe ramp up of work demands and an increase in military obligation demands on my time. Two items I have little control over at this point, but I must find a way to work within their constraints. Here are the books I’m currently reading for my research:
The Art of Wargaming: A Guide for Professionals and Hobbyists, by Peter P. Perla.
Scenario Planning in Organizations: How to Create, Use, and Assess Scenarios (Publication in the Berrett-Koehler Organizational Performance), by Thomas J. Chermack.
Business War Games: How Large, Small, and New Companies Can Vastly Improve Their Strategies and Outmaneuver the Competition, by Benjamin Gilad PhD.
Wargames: From Gladiators to Gigabytes, by Professor Martin van Creveld.