Building Better Strategies with AI, Red Teaming, and Gaming

Washington’s first comprehensive course on the strategic tools and techniques today’s mid-to senior-level professionals need to help their organizations assess and adapt to rapidly changing environments.

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At a Glance

Course Date

June 10 – 13, 2024

Location

CSIS Headquarters or Virtual

Tuition

$4,000

Registration Deadline

May 27, 2024

Overview

Building Better Strategies with AI, Red Teaming, and Gaming is Washington’s first comprehensive course on the strategic tools and methods today’s mid-to senior-level professionals need to make agile, informed decisions and help their organizations assess and adapt to rapidly changing environments. Work with experienced CSIS scholars to augment and enhance your strategic planning with time-tested gaming and red teaming techniques and powerful new generative AI tools including trained large-language models.

Red teaming, gaming, and AI are critical tools for organizations across a variety of sectors, with applications in enterprise risk management, strategic planning, corporate governance, team building, and communications.

Curriculum

Participants will learn practical gaming techniques, red teaming methods, and AI tools, including how to:

  • Understand the history and role of gaming, red teaming, and strategy formation
  • Apply alternative analysis techniques to major defense, intelligence, and human security (e.g., public health, economics, governance) issues
  • Build and employ strategic simulations and competitive strategy exercises to project outcomes and improve decision-making
  • Organize and run alternative analysis teams tasked with augmenting strategic planning and foresight activity

Seminars

  • New Frontiers: 5 Megatrends to Watch
  • Why Gaming Works
  • Games that Generate Ideas
  • Games that Explore Competitive Decision-making: Building TTX and Matrix Games
  • Analyzing the Results of Games
  • Deploying AI in Gaming
  • Red Teaming: The History and Evolution of Alternative Analysis 
  • Red Teaming Techniques and Devil's Advocate Exercise
  • What if We're Wrong? Challenging Red Teaming Techniques
  • Red Teaming with Large-Language Models

Interactive Exercises

  • Build and Play a Simple Decision Game
  • Pre-Mortem Risk Exercise 
  • High Impact/Low Probability Planning Exercise

Eligibility

CSIS is seeking a diverse cohort of mid- to senior-level professionals from across the government, private sector, nonprofit, military, and academic communities who are interested in learning how to organize and lead a team tasked with conducting an alternative assessment.

How to Register

The online registration form includes a short entry form, statement of interest, brief bio, and resume. Registrations will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact

If you have questions or your organization is interested in a private, customized offering, please contact Eric Palomaa, Director of the Hess Center for New Frontiers, at epalomaa@csis.org.

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Benjamin Jensen
Senior Fellow, Futures Lab, International Security Program
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Yasir Atalan
Associate Data Fellow, Futures Lab, International Security Program