US Navy tries Crowdsourcing New Somali Pirate Strategy
The United States Navy is having trouble developing an effective strategy to catch pirates of the coast off Yemen and Somalia, so it’s launching a new computer game to attract the minds of a 1,000 military strategists and civilian players.
MMOWGLI was developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in order to test the feasibility of using massively multiplayer online games along the lines of Warcraft and Guild Wars to help solve difficult strategic problems. The MMOWGLI game launching in May will focus exclusively on combating Somalian piracy, but the gaming platform is open enough that it can be adapted to other military hotspots.
According to Dr. Larry Schutte, Director of Innovation at the ONR, “We hope MMOWGLI will help us to understand what happens when your insights are combined with the observations and actions of another player–will that fusion result in a game-changing idea or solution, or will the MMOWGLI platform teach us something about our traditional thought processes?”
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