ERIC Number: ED027862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-29
Reference Count: 0
The Caltech Political Military Exercise.
Munger, E. S.; And Others
The Caltech political military exercise (PME) is a game in which players assume roles of leaders of various countries and attempt to act as they think these leaders would in a time of international crises. The main purposes of the exercise are (1) to provide students with an experience in crisis diplomacy and policy formation, and (2) to provide a case study of "crisis" in group dynamics. Rules for the game are flexibly designed to permit creativity on the part of the players, who are assigned to roles on the basis of their leadership qualities and their knowledge of the country in which the game is to be played. A PME committee is responsible for providing the framework within which the game is played. The framework involves a political crises that determines the initial actions of the PME, a scenario that bridges the span from current time to the time of the crisis, and a complement of teams to play the PME. A control board, on which the success of the game depends, keeps the game running smoothly and represents groups such as ambassadors, spies, and unrepresented countries that are not represented in the game. In 1967, Caltech experimented with a double game that required 2 control boards and dealt with the international aspect of previous games and the complexities of internal US decision-making. The document describes this game, some of the difficulties encountered, and how it differs from previous games. (WM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena.