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The Naval War College Ran a Pandemic War Game in 2019. The Conclusions Were Eerie

April 5, 2020

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U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) Luce Hall located at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. U.S. Navy photograph

An infectious disease breaks out in a densely populated metropolis and is spreading rapidly, causing respiratory failure and death in its victims. As local containment and response mechanisms break down and cases multiply, it becomes clear that a global response — spanning governments, humanitarian organizations, health agencies and the military — will be required.

That scenario is not a condensed narrative of the COVID-19 pandemic that currently has much of the globe on lockdown. Rather, it’s the premise of a war game run last September by the Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. And its findings — released in summary format Wednesday — reveal prescient and sometimes troubling parallels to the real-world response effort that continues today.

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