SIMULEX 2017, the Fletcher School’s International Security Studies Program (ISSP) annual crisis management exercise, will be held October 20-21, 2017.  SIMULEX times are 5:00 – 9:30 pm on Friday and 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday.

Additionally, SIMULEX will be conducted as part of the GMAP in January 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.


Each year, ISSP conducts SIMULEX, a major crisis management exercise in which participants assume the role of the United States and other world actors in a highly realistic international scenario.  Held over a two-day period, SIMULEX exposes students to the potential constraints and opportunities facing policy makers.  As representatives of various national and international teams, participants are asked to make critical decisions in the interest of their respective countries as they attempt to resolve the crisis.  In an atmosphere of conflict escalation, the exercise stresses crisis management and negotiation skills.

Graduate students from The Fletcher School work alongside Fellows from local universities and high-ranking officials from the broader political-military community, including representatives from the National Security Council, Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency and others.  Individuals also participate from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force wargaming communities, such as the Center for Strategic Leadership, Army War College; Wargaming Department, Naval War College; Wargaming and Simulation Center, National Defense University; Wargaming and Combat Simulation Center, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; and Air Force Wargaming Center, Air University.

Recent scenarios included crises in Syria, The Baltics, South & East Asia, Saudi Arabian Succession Struggle, Pakistan, the Gulf, Northwest Africa/Nigeria, Caspian Sea, Strategic Alliance between China and Iran, and the Taiwan Strait.