It isn’t every day that a room full of young women in their teens and early 20s are plunged into preparations for nuclear war with North Korea, yet that is the scenario Alexis Visser and others found themselves in while sitting in an Arlington, Virginia, conference room.
Visser, a 19-year-old student and Army reservist, was one of 14 women from across the country selected to participate in a RAND war game designed to groom women for a career path in the Department of Defense, where women currently comprise less than one-fifth of the senior official population, according to the RAND Review.
Joining Visser was 18-year-old Rose Kelly, a nuclear security enthusiast who called the experience “super transformative,” and one that breaks from the traditional mold of male-dominated defense strategists.
“Tradition can afford to be shaken up,” Kelly told the RAND Review. “Ignorance must be shaken off.”