Integrating Game Theory into Strategy, Design, and Joint Operational Planning

  • Lieutenant Colonel Christopher J. Hickey

Strategists and planners can improve the effectiveness of strategy, design, and joint operational planning by integrating game theory into current processes. Integrating game theory into current processes provides strategists an additional perspective that is focused on outcomes and the information and decisions that drive them. It provides a stimulus for thinking deeply about who the critical players and decision-makers are and what their values, interests, and expectations are relevant to the situation. Most importantly, it creates conditions that can lead to creating Courses of Action that are focused on information and decision-making from conception. This has the potential to reduce risks and costs while achieving the best potential outcome.