Wargaming Simulator MASA SWORD for Training and Education of Czech Army Officers


  • Tomáš Havlík University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6990-4302
  • Martin Blaha University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Ladislav Potužák University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Ondřej Pekař University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic
  • Vlastimil Šlouf University of Defence, Brno, Czech Republic




wargaming, virtual training, MASA SWORD, constructive simulation, military education


The article deals with expanding the capabilities of the University of Defence in the field of training and education of new officers of the Czech Army using newly introduced simulation technology. First, it looks at the beginnings of the use of simulations to support and develop teaching. One of those steps was the establishment of a professional-level computer games group. This gave students the opportunity to gain experience in commanding and managing combat while playing computer games such as Counter-Strike. Currently, students have the opportunity to deepen their command and tactical skills during practical field training or in virtual environments while playing games based on virtual and constructive simulation. Another section explains the importance and role of these simulations in teaching professional soldiers. It is very important for future combat commanders to gain as much experience as possible in commanding and directing combat activity in the conduct of military operations before they occur. Finally, it deals with the newly acquired MASA SWORD simulator, which offers another and much more complex tool for gaining valuable experience. MASA SWORD, unlike the software currently in use, can be controlled by only one user without the need to connect other users or perform control exercises. It includes a scenario building tool, constructive simulation and analytical tools for evaluating created simulations. In addition to its use in teaching and educating students, the simulator can be used for staff training, support for commander planning and decision-making, analysis and, last but not least, operational research. In the last section, the article evaluates the usefulness of simulations for teaching, science and research. It also reports on ongoing qualitative research methods to predict the next direction of development and possible connectivity with other simulators.