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From 17-18 September 2019, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) - National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and the United States Naval War College (NWC) conducted a game at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Titled “Urban Outbreak 2019,” this two-day, three-move analytic game was internally developed by the NWC’s Humanitarian Response Program (HRP) and emerged as an output from their 2018 Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop.
Building on the work of the 2019 Urban Outbreak game, professors from the Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Program within the College of Maritime Operational Warfare at the U.S. Naval War College and two NWC interns from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PKG Center’s Social Impact Internships Program released an “Urban Outbreak Online Simulation” in November 2020. The game focuses on players responding to a notional disease outbreak in a fictional developing nation. The single-player game is available free-of-charge to the public in the link below.
Urban Outbreak 2019 Pre-Analytic Quick Look
Urban Outbreak focused on the challenges and opportunities for organizations responding to a rapidly spreading infectious disease in a notional, dense, coastal, urban environment of 21 million people. Over 50 highly experienced players participated in this game, including real-world experts from international militaries and government agencies, public health and medical responders, humanitarian non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and private sector health, security and shipping industries.
Urban Outbreak 2019 Pandemic Response: Select Research & Game Findings
This document is a summary of 16 key research and game findings focused specifically on the characteristics of civil-military response to a pandemic scenario. The numbered bullets below correspond to more detailed explanations of findings presented later in the document. While these findings are in no way definitive or complete, they are a sampling of relevant guidance based on research, gaming and expert opinion. It is our hope that these 16 findings will contribute to improving civilian and military effectiveness in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations
Naval War College and MIT Scholars Online Disease Outbreak Simulation
The “Urban Outbreak Online Simulation” finds players responding to a notional disease outbreak in a fictional developing nation. Building on the work of the 2019 Urban Outbreak wargame, the simulation requires players to identify key stakeholders and actions to respond to a rapidly unfolding public health crisis. Informing players of the complexity of conditions and better preparing future leaders in decision making in humanitarian response operations, the single-player game is available free-of-charge for the public to try.
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