In 2023, Vet Voice Foundation convened a bipartisan group of U.S. defense, intelligence, and elected policymakers spanning five presidential administrations to participate in an unscripted role-play exercise in which they confronted a political coup backed by rogue members of the U.S. military, in the wake of a contested presidential election.
The exercise was the subject of a new documentary film by award-winning filmmakers Jesse Moss and Tony Gerber, titled War Game. War Game is an official Sundance selection and will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2024. Learn more at the official Sundance Film Festival page here.
In War Game, the filmmakers seize a unique opportunity to bring audiences tableside to a simulation that dramatically escalates the threat posed by January 6, 2021. With the grip of a thriller, War Game posits active-duty military breaking ranks to join an insurrection that soon spreads to other state capitals, yielding a chilling moment when it’s unclear whether the president fully commands the armed forces. The simulation’s outcome hinges on several inflection points, from the government’s capacity to counter the disinformation that’s effectively spread by the insurgent side to the potential invocation of the Insurrection Act (i.e., the last resort). While the exercise served to stress test our institutions, the film is a critical wake-up call, underscoring the urgent need for bipartisanship in safeguarding American democracy.