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Conference Proceedings Organized

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Dr. Stephen Downes-Martin has organized the conference proceedings for 2021, 2020, and 2019 in our proceedings archive, which will be hosted off-site. Visit the past using this link or the links on the respective past conference tabs. If you were a presenter at older conferences and have any materials (PowerPoint slide-decks, presentations, speeches, etc.) you would like to offer to posterity, please send your materials to ConnectionsUSAProceedings (at)

Introduction and Intent

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Howdy! This is Vanguars, one of the volunteer website co-chairs for the Connections conference. Over the next few months, we’ll be pulling the website into greater service for the conference and establishing a more robust online presence. This blog section will be used to log updates to the website and conference.

Register for Connections 2021 Now!

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Registration for Connections 2021 is online now! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing our speakers, panels, and events, but it’s never too early to block off your schedule for a week with the best minds in the professional wargaming community!

This year, we are proud to partner with Army U, the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the CGSC foundation! They have been an invaluable resource as we adapt to a second year of online-only events, and we are happy to have their assistance and input.

A Letter from our Hosts

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COVID permitting, we will be hosting the Connections Wargaming Conference at The Army University (ArmyU) in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas from 22-25 June, 2021.

We’ve always thought of Connections as the place where professional wargaming nerds get together, present papers, trade techniques, play games – and make connections.  We’ve made a large number of very useful connections with people at Connections over the years!

We invite participation from those interested, both at Fort Leavenworth and in the wider professional wargaming community.  You do not have to be a federal employee, and the conference is held at the unclassified/public release level.  Attendance is free (though there’s a long history of asking people to contribute to a fund for the ice-breaker and other meals, driven by a DoD policy that forbids DoD funds being used to buy food).

The topic theme of Connections this year is Ethics and Wargaming.  As professional wargamers, our sponsors and players rely on our accurate models to guide decisions and aid learning.  But accuracy is more than just realistic ranges and Combat Results Tables – for full accuracy, we must take responsibility for lessons learned and dedicate time to explore the intangibles of ethics.  We call for papers and presentations on how wargames can develop ethical leaders, how they can illuminate ethical issues warfighters may face in increasingly complex operational environments, and how wargame designers and players weigh ethical decisions.

Not an expert on Ethics?  Connections welcomes presentations on other topics as well!  Usually presentations, papers, and workshops on the Connections theme only account for around 40% of submissions and content – we strongly encourage submissions on Education and Wargaming and other salient, perennial, or otherwise interesting professional wargaming topics.

We hope to see you in June!

Your Hosts,

Dr. James Sterrett, Mike Dunn, and LTC John Lord

The Army University, US Army Command and General Staff College

Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

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