Skip to Content
Our misssion: to make the life easier for the researcher of free ebooks.

The Instruments of Power: a Computer-Assisted Game for The ACSC Curriculum

The Instruments of Power (IOP) game was developed to satisfy the need for a strategic level educational wargame that can be deployed in the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) curriculum. The game illustrates some of the key interrelations of the four instruments of national power—Diplomatic (D), Informational (I), Military (M), and Economic (E)—by providing the players an opportunity to exercise them in a graphic, interactive game format. The intent was to make a game that is easy to play, adaptable, educational, and fun. The game does not attempt to be a high fidelity political/military simulation, purposely leaving many features at an abstract level to speed play and help players focus on strategic concepts versus the tactical details of combat.

CONTENTS
DISCLAIMER
ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE
ABSTRACT
INTRODUCTION
WAR GAMING IN THE ACSC CURRICULUM
GAME REQUIREMENTS DEVELOPMENT
REVIEW OF OTHER STRATEGY GAMES
GAME CONSTRUCT
DETAILED GAME SOFTWARE DESIGN
DESIGN ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
STEPS TOWARD IMPLEMENTATION
CONCLUSIONS
APPENDIX I (Requirements Verification Matrix)
APPENDIX II (Game Structure Figures)
APPENDIX III (Quick Reference Guide)
BIBLIOGRAPHY
NOTES

Download
The Instruments of Power: a Computer-Assisted Game for The ACSC Curriculum