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John Curry

Personal statement

John Curry is a Senior Lecturer in games development and cyber security. He has an international reputation in conflict simulations and serious games, and has worked with many of the key personalities in the field.

He is a also a specialist in gaming offensive cyber operations and use of games for education and operational analysis.

He has worked on games with the MOD, DSTL, RN, BAE, Pentagon (Office for Net Assessment) and other public sector organisations. These games have ranged from conflict on the Cold War Central Front, to confrontations short of war, such as over resources, banking crises and BREXIT.

He has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 80 books on various aspects of gaming. This includes handbooks on the application of innovations such as Matrix Games and Confrontation analysis to professional wargaming.

Currently, he is spending a lot of time considering new ways of modelling cyber conflict.

In his spare time, he plays games.

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Sotn
  • CertEd UWE
  • MPhil UWE.

Professional qualifications

  • NCC Certified Systems Analyst.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Academy
  • Member of the British Computer Society.

Teaching specialism

  • Games Development
  • Cyber Security
  • Serious Games.

Research and academic outputs

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It could happen tomorrow! Emergency planning exercises for the health service and business [by] Russell King
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Curry, J, ed. (2015) It could happen tomorrow! Emergency planning exercises for the health service and business [by] Russell King. History of Wargaming Project, London. ISBN 9781326455507


Matrix games for modern wargaming: developments in professional and educational wargames innovations in wargaming - volume 2
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Curry, J and Price, T (2014) Matrix games for modern wargaming: developments in professional and educational wargames innovations in wargaming - volume 2. History of Wargaming Project, London. ISBN 9781291979657


Dark guest: training games for cyber warfare - volume 1, wargaming internet based attacks
book

Curry, J and Price, T (2013) Dark guest: training games for cyber warfare - volume 1, wargaming internet based attacks. History of Wargaming Project, London. ISBN 9781291669121


Peter Perla's the art of wargaming: a guide for professionals and hobbyists
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Curry, J, ed. (2012) Peter Perla's the art of wargaming: a guide for professionals and hobbyists. History of Wargaming Project, London. ISBN 9781471615191


Developments in state level cyber wargaming
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Curry, J and Drage, N (2018) 'Developments in state level cyber wargaming.' In: SIN '18: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks. ACM. ISBN 9781450366083


The history of wargaming
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Curry, J (2016) 'The history of wargaming.' In: Harringan, P and Kirschenbaum, M.G, eds. Zones of control: perspectives on wargaming. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 33-42. ISBN 9780262033992


The use of computer games in military training by the British Army
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Curry, J and Mouat, T (2012) 'The use of computer games in military training by the British Army.' In: Cruz-Cunha, M, ed. Handbook of research on serious games as educational, business and research tools. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 1122-1144. ISBN 9781466601499


The utility of narrative matrix games: a Baltic example
article

Curry, J (2020) 'The utility of narrative matrix games: a Baltic example.' Naval War College Review. ISSN 0028-1484 (Forthcoming)


A cyber storm on the horizon
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Curry, J and Austin, G (2019) 'A cyber storm on the horizon.' ITNOW, 61 (2). pp. 38-39. ISSN 1746-5702


Dezinformatsiya and the art of information warfare
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Curry, J and Blanks, L (2018) 'Dezinformatsiya and the art of information warfare.' ITNOW, 60 (3). pp. 34-35. ISSN 1746-5702


A case for using blended learning and development techniques to aid the delivery of a UK cybersecurity core body of knowledge
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Curry, J and Bird, D.A (2018) 'A case for using blended learning and development techniques to aid the delivery of a UK cybersecurity core body of knowledge.' International Journal of Systems and Software Security and Protection, 9 (2). pp. 28-45. ISSN 2640-4265


IoT: the internal and external threat
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Curry, J and Drage, N (2017) 'IoT: the internal and external threat.' ITNOW, 59 (1). pp. 30-31. ISSN 1746-5702


Commercial-off-the-shelf-technology in UK military training
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Curry, J, Price, T and Sabin, P (2016) 'Commercial-off-the-shelf-technology in UK military training.' Simulation & Gaming, 47 (1). pp. 7-30. ISSN 1552-826X


Donald Featherstone, 1918- 2013: iconic wargaming author
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Curry, J (2015) 'Donald Featherstone, 1918- 2013: iconic wargaming author.' Simulation & Gaming, 46 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 1552-826X


Preparing for the next attack
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Curry, J (2014) 'Preparing for the next attack.' ITNOW, 56 (2). pp. 26-27. ISSN 1746-5702


Active defence
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Curry, J (2012) 'Active defence.' ITNOW, 54 (4). pp. 26-27. ISSN 1746-5702


The man next door is starting war
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Curry, J (2011) 'The man next door is starting war.' ISNOW, Summer. pp. 10-11.


Paddy Griffith - 1947-2010
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Curry, J (2011) 'Paddy Griffith - 1947-2010.' Simulation & Gaming, 42 (1). pp. 5-8. ISSN 1552-826X


Simulations and the reality of the Ukraine crisis 2014/15
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Curry, J (2018) Simulations and the reality of the Ukraine crisis 2014/15. In: Connections UK: Wargaming for Professionals, 4 - 6 September 2018, Kings College London.


Confrontation in the South China Sea
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Curry, J (2018) Confrontation in the South China Sea. In: Gaming the Future: Markets and Geopolitics in an Uncertain World, 25 - 27 April 2018, Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, UK.


An overview of current developments in simulations from Europe: random tales from across the great pond
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Curry, J (2017) An overview of current developments in simulations from Europe: random tales from across the great pond. In: Connections 2017: Advancing Wargaming and Analysis as Distinct yet Complementary Tools, 1 - 4 August 2017, Quantico, VA, USA.


Confrontation Analysis: the new method on the gaming/analysis block
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Curry, J (2017) Confrontation Analysis: the new method on the gaming/analysis block. In: Connections 2017: Advancing Wargaming and Analysis as Distinct yet Complementary Tools, 1 - 4 August 2017, Quantico, VA, USA. (Unpublished)


Dominating the information narrative in times of international crisis: a practical games workshop
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Curry, J (2017) Dominating the information narrative in times of international crisis: a practical games workshop. In: Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Symposium, 8 June 2017, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Exercises in cyber resilience
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Curry, J, Mouat, T, King, R and Downes-Martin, S (2015) Exercises in cyber resilience. In: Cities2050: Securing the Future in a Connected World, 19 - 20 May 2015, RSA, London, UK.


Wider lessons from military simulations
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Curry, J (2011) Wider lessons from military simulations. In: 1811 - 2011: 200 Years of Simulation Games - 200 Years of Making Sense of Business, 15 November 2011, The Dutch Cafe, Soesterberg, Netherlands.


Gaming the Future
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Curry, J (2018) Gaming the Future.


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