US banks are planning to simulate a flu pandemic to see how financial services are affected by widespread staff absences. It will be interesting to hear how things turn out.
In the run-up to the latest Iraq war, the US staged a simulation of the invasion at a cost of £125m. Playing the role of Saddam Hussien was Paul van Riper, a former marine.
Rather shockingly, the 64-year-old Vietnam veteran sank 16 US ships, killed 20,000 soldiers, and assassinated local pro-US leaders while the US camp was still assessing the data from its omniscient Operational Net Assessment battlefield information system.
The official verdict: a US victory and the end of an evil dictator.
This was first published in September 2007