Pilot, United States Marine Corps
Instructor, War Games Division, Naval War College
This profile originally appeared in Bowdoin magazine, Vol. 73, No. 2, Winter 2002
Seventeen years ago, after playing a hockey game in Sweden, Scott Corwin was issued a challenge. That challenge, combined with a good dose of patriotism, and a desire to fly, led Scott to the U.S. Marine Corps. After 14 years and 3,500 hours in the pilot's seat, in squadrons in North Carolina, Hawaii, (North Carolina again), and California, plus three deployments (13 months) in the Gulf War flying combat missions in Operation Desert Storm, it was time for Scott to take a staff tour. Originally from New England, he says he is "glad to be filling a staff role in Newport," at the Naval War College, and feels lucky "since there are only few Marine billets in this neck of the woods."
A member of the War Games Division of the Naval War College, Scott plans and directs "war games." A misnomer, of course, these simulations are "games" in name only. Scott and his colleagues are working now on a new game series "focusing on issues of immediate national concern. We conduct fifty-plus war games a year," he explains, "so on a daily basis we are either facilitating or
planning for games. Currently, we're conducting homeland security games, one per week."