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International Technology & Science

Naval Wargaming Research

The project has been situated in the Department of War Studies has aimed to regenerate research into history, theory and practice of naval wargaming and maritime strategy since 2016. It explores these themes by research into the theory and practice. It develops these into practical events where the use of wargaming is explored in support of historical and contemporary discussion on topics such as strategic studies questions, tactical and operational warfare, decision making, critical thinking, risk analysis and more.


  • To research the history of the development of naval wargaming.
  • Explore the contemporary relevance of naval wargaming as a tool for historians and strategists when developing maritime strategic concepts.
  • Continue developing naval wargaming as a tool for teaching maritime strategic concepts, analyse historical events and further thought into strategic theory and strategic studies.
  • Aims to provide the ideal platform to develop research into naval wargaming and networking naval wargaming scholars across a broad multi-disciplinary base.
  • Trial and test maritime strategic concepts in wargames and frontiers such as space warfare and strategic space theory.
  • Support the development and objectives of King’s Wargaming Network.


  • Run a series of events open to King’s staff and students to learn more about wargaming, naval wargaming and maritime strategy.
  • Run a series of wargames with naval warfare scenarios, historical and contemporary.
  • Journal outputs on the history of naval wargaming and naval wargaming’s relation to strategic studies.
  • Explore digital and conventional wargame development and testing, including scenario writing. Beta testing of 3D rendering, augmented reality and other concepts.
  • Support the creation of a conventional and digital repository of resources for civilian and professional military education students at King’s or elsewhere related to naval wargaming. Including securing historical items of importance to the history of the development of naval wargaming within the King’s library’s and King’s Liddell Hart Archives.



Corbett 100

Project status: Completed

Principal investigators

James W E Smith

Visiting Research Fellow


  • Funding body: Laughton Unit
  • Amount: Undisclosed
  • Period: January 2016 - February 2022
  • Funding body: Society for Nautical Research
  • Amount: Undisclosed
  • Period: January 2016 - February 2022
  • Funding body: King's Wargaming Network
  • Amount: Undisclosed
  • Period: November 2018 - February 2022


  • Navalhistory
  • maritimestrategy
  • wargaming
  • navalwargaming
  • seapower
  • naval
  • navies
  • spacewarfare