AFWIAir Force Wargaming Institute (USAF Air University)
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JLASS consists of two phases: a distributive phase conducted from October through March, and an exercise phase consisting of a dynamic, intensive, and unscripted week-long wargame held in April at the AFWI. To ensure that students focus on future threats and issues and do not limit themselves to fighting current threats and wars, the course and its exercise are projected 10 years into the future.
At night, after all the role-players and most of the faculty have departed, the AFWI "White Cell" control team, led by Colonel Tim Gunnoe, USAFR, compares Blue student moves against Red and produces an updated picture of the world for the students' next move deliberations.
Strategic Command, the State Department, Coast Guard, and JSOU, as well as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, help to round out the in-house AFWI experts, who are led by Commander Steve Crawford, USN (Ret.), of Northrop Grumman, now in his 14th year of JLASS.