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NY Military Affairs Symposia

SWA Wargamers,

Many thanks to Frank Luberti to passing this info along to us. I thought that many of you would like to know about this resource. Not sure how often we'll road trip down to NYC for one of these seminars, but maybe if you really like the topic...

If you are inclined to drive down, and would like some company on the ride, please consider using this list to recruit and organize. That's what it's for!

Please also note you can sign up to receive the NYMAS emails directly, if you are interested.

Happy New Year,


Fw: The Winter & Spring 2016 NYMAS Calendar

Sun Jan 3, 2016 10:46 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Frank Luberti" fplb02

For those wondering about the "NYMAS" reference in my recent reply to Brandon, please see below for the upcoming schedule of lectures sponsored by the NY Military Affairs Symposium.

As you can see, the lectures are on Friday nights in midtown Manhattan and are free and open to the public. There are usually a good number of veterans and a few wargamers in the audience. Some of the lectures are recorded for later broadcast on C-SPAN.

Hope to see you there.

Best regards,


From: Robert Rowen
Sent: Sunday, December 27, 2015 11:31 PM
To: NYMAS Select Notifications
Subject: The Winter & Spring 2016 NYMAS Calendar


Want to get an email reminder of each NYMAS event?
Just click here:

Winter-Spring, 2016
Fridays 7 pm to 8:45 pm

Date Topic Speaker Affiliation

Jan 8 The Crisis in Syria Christopher Kozak Institute for the Study of War

Jan 22 WWII Naval Shipbuilding Thomas Heinrich Baruch College

Feb 5 Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, and the Transformation of National Security CPT Ben Griffin U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Feb 19 The Army's Orphans: The United States Army Replacement System in the European Campaign, 1944-1945 Eric Klinek Temple University

Mar 4 The Demon of Geopolitics: Karl Haushofer, Rudolf Hess and Adolf Hitler Holger Herwig University of Calgary

Mar 18 Rule Britannia: Rise of the Maritime Empires Stanley Carpenter The Naval War College

Apr 1 The Politics of James Bond: From Fleming's Novels to the Big Screen Jeremy Black MBE, University of Exeter

Apr 8 Stalin and the Winter War with Finland 1939-1940 Stephen Kotkin Princeton University

Apr 29-30
Friday 7-9 pm
Saturday 1-5 pm
NYMAS Spring 2016 2-Day Conference
Produced & moderated by Robert Miller
Espionage: from Cold War to Asymmetric Conflict


May 13 Honor, Country, and Sex: The Motivational System of Napoleon's Armies Michael J. Hughes Iona College

May 27 Fascist Italian Intervention in the Spanish Civil War Brian Sullivan First NYMAS President and former Senior Research Professor at National Defense University

Jun 10 Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan Colonel Antulio J. Echevarria II (Ret.) US Army War College Quarterly

Jun 24 Appomattox: Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War Elizabeth Varon University of Virginia

Updated Saturday December 26, 2015 03:56 AM


Click here to see and/or print out a PDF of the latest NYMAS flyer with the calendar of talks from January to June, 2016 plus a membership form if you'd like to join and donate.

NYMAS talks are free and open to the public.

NYMAS is supported in part by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

NYMAS is associated with the Society for Military History, Region 2.

Unless otherwise noted, these talks are held on Friday evenings at
The Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard and Airmens' Club
283 Lexington Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York, NY 10016-3540
from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. These Friday lectures are usually held on the 2nd floor in the historic South Lounge.

Topics and speakers may be subject to change without notice. A current updated schedule is always available at this website (http//:nymas.org)

Robert Rowen
The New York Military Affairs Symposium
On the web at http://nymas.org
Email to

Phone: 718-834-1414
Cell: 347-513-9578

NYMAS is devoted to increasing public knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the interrelationship of war, society, and culture through the presentation and dissemination of diverse scholarly viewpoints.

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2013 was the first year we had access to the Atrium and GE Theatre at Proctors for Council of Five Nations.

We took advantage of the large projection screen in each of those areas to display ads from our many sponsors.

You can see those advertisements, and photos of what they looked like, here:


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The SWA also sponsors a separate, sub-domain web site, the Star Fleet Battles Open Community. This is a place for the SFB community to come together and discuss all the Star Fleet Universe (SFU) games like Star Fleet Battles, Federation Commander, Federation & Empire, Star Fleet Battle Force, and some others. We even discuss some non-SFU games like Squadron Strike.

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My father, Roger J. Cheng, is a retired Atmospheric Science researcher. He spent almost all of his career at ASRC, the Atmospheric Science Research Center, affiliated with SUNY-Albany.

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Feel free to check it out.

Looking for English versions of two games rules

Hi, anybody

I am looking for english rules for two games, one is a japanese game, changkufeng hill 1938, and the other is a french game, 2eme D.B. 1, if any body can email me the rules that would be great. tclawson /at/ att.net

Thanks, Tom

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