10th Command User Event in Rome: A Confluence of Defense Innovation

September 25, 2023 · Posted in Command PE · Comment 

The 10th Command User Event, a highly anticipated gathering for defense professionals, marked a significant milestone, and for us, it was a moment of immense pride. As the organizers of this distinguished event hosted at Casa dell’Aviatore in Rome from September 18th to September 22nd, 2023, we were thrilled to see our vision come to life on an international stage. The success of this event was a testament to the collaborative spirit of the defense community and the unwavering commitment of our team.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support and collaboration of Aeronautica Militare Italiana, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to them for making this milestone moment a reality.

Event Highlights

The Command User Event series has been gaining popularity over the years, and this year was no exception. The event showcased the evolution of Command PE, featuring several significant upgrades, including Real Time MultiPlayer, Amphibious Ops Planner, and Advanced Planner.

The event offered a diverse program catering to both beginners and experienced professionals. It featured training sessions led by renowned figures in the defense sector, tailored to address the specific needs of attendees. One of the event’s standout features was the array of analysis and experimentation approaches being used by the Command PE community.

Command PE boasts a powerful, scalable simulation engine that utilizes an extensive database of platforms and weapon systems, spanning from post World War II to the near future. This resource provides attendees with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and experimentation.

Notable Speakers

The event’s agenda included a roster of distinguished speakers, each contributing their expertise and insights. Some of the notable presentations included:

– “Command 101” – A demonstration of Command and its capabilities, presented by Dimitris Dranidis.

– “Solving the Problem of Data in Defence” by Nathan Smith, Principal Engineer – Combat Systems, BAE Systems Submarines.

– “Command PE in support of AFRL wargaming activities” by Matt Stonecipher, Defense Simulation Controller Specialist at University of Dayton Research Institute.

– “CPE use in Maritime Operational Analysis” by Jaime Etherton, Analyst, Dstl.

– “Overview: Artificial Intelligence / RL / LLMs and Command” by Rory Anderson, Matrix Pro Sims.

International Collaboration

The event transcended geographical boundaries, transforming into a global nexus of knowledge exchange.

Representatives from 11 nations shared insights, experiences, and innovative approaches, fostering a vibrant environment for cross-cultural learning. Such connections have the power to transcend the event itself, serving as lasting bridges for future cooperation and partnership in the ever-evolving field of defense technology.

Distinguished speakers from around the globe graced the event with their expertise and insights. Notable among them were:

Col USMC (Ret) Tim Barrick, Director of Wargaming at the Krulak Center for Innovation & Future Warfare, who shared invaluable perspectives on the applications of Command PE in Professional Military Education.

Dr. Pei-Shiue Hsieh is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taiwan. Dr. Hsieh’s presentation shed light on INDSR’s use of COMMAND for counter-propaganda and military analysis.

Col Arnel David, a strategist from the US Army and SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) shared insights on “Fight Club and Gaming in NATO” and provided a global perspective on the strategic importance of wargaming in shaping defense strategy.

Lt Col Thomas Silier is an instructor specializing in Air Power Studies at the German Air Force Officer School, Luftwaffe. His presentation on “Command PE in a Training Environment” brought a European perspective to the event, enriching the international discourse.


The 10th Command User Event in Italy was a resounding success, setting new standards for the convergence of defense innovation, technology, and collaboration. As Command PE continues to evolve, the event remains a vital platform for defense professionals to stay at the forefront of advancements in the sector.

In the shadow of the Beast update: Community Scenario Pack #48 now available

September 16, 2023 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Following the groundbreaking release of the v1.06 update, bringing 64-bit finally to the mainstream version, it is now appropriate for a new release of the Community Scenario Pack (CSP).

Brandon Johnson (Kushan) has updated the pack to version #48, with 12 brand-new scenario and 9 updates to existing works. Additionally, the default WRA firing ranges for AAW weapons have been set to “50% of max range”, and all scenarios have been rebuilt to the v501 releases of the DB3000 and CWDB databases.

Let’s take a look at new additions:

Action in the Bay of Vlore, 1969: After 1960, Albania broke ties with the Soviet Union and allied with China. In 1968, Albania again snubbed the Soviet Union by withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact in protest over the invasion of Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union has decided to make a show of force by sailing ships into the Bay of Vlore and threatening to blockade ships attempting to enter or leave the Port of Vlore.

Dutch-Venezuelan Fishing Incident, 2025: Venezuelan fishing boats are violating Dutch fisheries. The Netherlands sends ships to address the issue. They have permission to fire on fishing boats that do not comply with their orders to stop and be boarded for inspection. Venezuela is unlikely to take kindly to this…

Jeannes Last Jaunt, 2009: It’s 2009 and a coup in Guinea has France trying to get their people out of an increasingly unstable situation. They’ve sent the aging helicopter cruiser Jeanne d’Arc and some supporting forces to get the job done. It shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Kicking Down the Door, 2019: In August 2017, Donald Trump hinted at possible military action against Venezuela due to its crumbling democratic institutions. By December 2018, Russia’s Ambassador in Caracas claimed foreign powers were plotting to topple the Venezuelan government. The situation escalated in January 2019 when Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker, declared himself the “interim president” of Venezuela, contrary to the country’s constitution. While the U.S. and several nations supported Guaido, Maduro, the standing president, labeled this as a U.S. coup attempt. Countries like Russia, China, and Cuba stood by Maduro. Tensions further intensified when Venezuelan military forces loyal to Maduro blocked foreign aid on 23 February 2019. In response to this and Guaido’s appeal for international help, the U.S. took action on 24 February 2019.

Mediterranean Fury 7 – Under Pressure, 1994: You command the USS Nimitz CVBG, along with the newly arrived HMS Ark Royal. The two carriers have worked together in the Indian Ocean and will now move through the Med and into the Atlantic as a team. You have three major tasks: Neutralize the Black Sea Fleet; establish air superiority over Thrace and the Turkish Straits area, and significantly degrade the Bulgarian air force. USS Iowa and Kearsarge have a secondary task to complete. But you are under pressure to get it done quickly, with limited resources and with severe logistic constraints.

Operation Brass Drum – Second of Desert Storm, 1993: In the wake of a civil war that erupted in Tajikistan, Iran began supporting the Tajikistan opposition. However, their alleged involvement in a plane bombing that killed 176 people, half of whom were U.S. citizens, strained international relations. Despite Iran’s denial of involvement, a betrayed spy provided evidence against them. As a result, the Security Council displayed distrust towards Iran. In response, the Iranian President imposed a blockade on the Strait of Hormuz. Given the recent surge in terrorist activities and U.S. political involvement in the Persian Gulf, this act intensified tensions. The U.S. President responded by ensuring freedom of navigation through the strait and utilizing existing U.S. military presence in the region. Meanwhile, Iraq seemed to align with Iran’s stance, frequently violating restrictions set after the Gulf War. It appears the Middle East may be on the brink of another Desert Storm.

Operation Ghost Rider, 1985: A long-range strike from the UK on a simulated airfield 100 miles southwest of Goose Bay, Labrador by 10 F-111Es from the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing on October 18, 1985. This exercise was one of the proof-of-concept operations for Operation El Dorado Canyon, the April 1986 strike on Libya.

Operation Gray Advantage, 2023: The current Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is sent to track a Russian task force making its way to the Denmark Strait. Right now, there are only three ships in the flotilla, so I’m assuming other assets get attached. Things are very tense as the scenario starts–it assumes the destruction of a US drone last month was followed by the shoot-down of a Russian Su-27 over Romania. Russia has sortied a task force and it is probably on its way to the Mediterranean. Russia also has something to prove with this mission. As you will see, things escalate…

Penetrating The Blockade, 2027: China has declared a de facto blockade of Taiwan. A week earlier, the 3rd MLR successfully interdicted some PLAN forces heading to waters off east Taiwan, however it is expected that a good number of PLAN navy sub surface assets leaked through, while other PLAN assets had already moved past the 1st Island Chain before the blockade was announced. The PLAN Shandong CSG is presumed to be somewhere in the Western Pacific. It is expected to be tasked with disrupting allied forces resupply efforts to Taiwan and Allied forces.

The 2023 North Korean Nuclear Attacks Part 1, 2023: Short scenario, all you really need to do is sit back and watch. You can probably play it in real time if you’re interested in observing a ballistic missile attack. (The story is based on The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States by Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, but updated to reflect 2023 politics)

The Old vs the New – The Madagascar Crisis, 2025: Following Madagascar’s tumultuous 2023 elections, the nation intensified its ties with China, culminating in numerous treaties in 2024 that bolstered economic and political relations. Concurrently, Madagascar escalated its territorial dispute with France over Indian Ocean islands. However, the new government faced internal dissent, further exacerbated by its inadequate response to cyclones in 2024, leading to widespread protests and a violent crackdown. In 2025, an attempted coup instigated clashes between loyalist and opposition forces. Amid this chaos, France and China bolstered their military presence, with confrontations between the two powers in the Indian Ocean escalating. The conflict saw alleged war crimes and the killing of French NGO workers by Madagascar’s air force. Consequently, France has opted for airstrikes against the Malagasy loyalists, aiming to bolster the opposition and reassert its waning influence in former colonies.

Tighten the Straitjacket, 2027: Scenario is focused on the 3rd MLR located on the Philippines, facing the Straits of Luzon. The scenario assumes China just announcing a blockade on Taiwan, with a PLAN SAG heading to Taiwan’s east coast to carry out a blockade of Hualien port. Your mission is to degrade/destroy the SAG.

The new community scenario pack is, as always, available for download at the Command Team site, and also on the Steam workshop.

The CSP now proudly counts 587 scenarios in its stable!

Command Showcase: Desert Falcon announced

September 12, 2023 · Posted in Command · Comment