What is Operation KAL 007?
Tensions are peaking during the midst of the Cold War. A new international crisis has just kicked off after the crash of a Korean commercial airplane, and there is suspicion of foul play by the Soviet Union. As the President enters into reelection year, participants must navigate the moral and informational dilemma of making the best decision for reelection while keeping the American people out of harm’s way.
The Operation KAL 007 simulation centers on the downing of a Korean airliner 007 in September of 1983. Participants take on a variety of roles in this interactive experience, including advisors to the President, top level military officials, members of the press, correspondents, top secret security officials, and even the President!
The simulation’s three separate rooms interact with one another via room interplay. Players can send information and interact with one another in real-time, affecting the final outcome of the crisis at hand. As the President reaches new decisions with each round, rooms are updated and can respond throughout the simulation. The simulation’s numerous rounds of decision-making build gradually in tension and specifics, including escalating questions and sharing of more clandestine information.
This new gamification element makes Operation KAL 007 a unique and replayable experience that is fun and relevant for a range of ages. Because there are over 100 different possible endings to the simulation, every time and with every group, the outcome is different.
The President and cabinet member advisors must choose between diplomacy and military action on how to best respond to this international crisis, while ensuring the safety of the American people. Players must keep in mind election, international diplomacy, and world security.
COMMAND DECISION CENTER
Student teams consist of reporters who must collaborate with their editors to reach publication decisions as they receive information from sources around the world. Groups are posed with the dilemma of information sharing, deciding between credibility and profitability , while factoring in speed of delivery.
Using top secret documents to decode a collection of messages and information, participants work to collectively solve the mystery of what happened to Korean Airliner 007. Three teams of NSA, CIA, and FBI agents must share information and work together to uncover the truth in order to best inform the President on how to respond to this international crisis.