A Few Simple Rules to Follow

  1. STAY ENGAGED

    • Be present and attentive throughout the day; bring your A-game and come prepared to problem solve

    • Think outside the box and try to be proactive - anticipate potential problems and needs

    • Challenge yourself to look at the bigger picture (strategic) rather than getting bogged down in the details (operational/tactical)

    • Be flexible and willing to work on multiple projects; simulations are a team effort

  2. DO NOT FIGHT THE SIMULATION

    • Sometimes things will happen in the simulation that are unrealistic or that gloss over bureaucratic intricacies​

    • These events are features, not bugs - our design team has made the conscious decision to include them

    • Your job is to address whatever scenario we give you, to the best of your ability; we always build scenarios that have multiple possible solutions

    • While we strive for realism, but sometimes the simulation or scenario necessitates a specific event - trust that we are giving you all the information you need for your role

  3. FOCUS ON YOUR ROLE

    • Every role in the simulation brings a unique and important perspective to the ​simulation

    • When you receive your assignment, consider what ideas your office and department bring to the simulation

    • Remain true to your role; if you're in the State Department, you can't conduct black ops military operations - but you can travel abroad to meet with countries, and negotiate international treaties

    • As the scenario evolves, consider how your role fits into the larger picture, and what you can do to help

George Washington University Strategic Crisis Simulations
Marvin Center, Office 420

800 21st Street NW

4th Floor

Washington, DC​ 20052

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