Alejandro S. Hernandez, Ronald J. Roland, Kathleen Robertson
In this paper we present a budget-based wargaming methodology that translates strategic budget policy decisions into terms of military effectiveness. This decision support tool is a systems engineering approach that blends multiple disciplines, including modeling and simulation, design of experiments, and operations research. Austere fiscal environments are challenging scenarios for all leaders at every level. The 2013 sequestration saw defense budgets absorb the majority of all cutbacks. These reductions put leaders on notice that for future debates they must be prepared with cost positions grounded in operational terms. Budget-based wargames provide decision makers quantifiable, cost effective options. It primes policy makers with credible, repeatable, and defendable analyses.