Next Module Delivery
24 - 28 February 2014
|Example 5-Day intensive module|
Introduction, definitions and Context
MoD Defence Systems
Acquisition Operating Framework
Defence and the Economy
Defence Lines of Development
Defence Procurement and Industry
Suppliers Home and Abroad
Through Lifecycle Capability Management
Modelling and Simulation for Defence
Systems of Systems
Human Systems Integration
Centre for Systems Engineering
3 Taviton St.,
London, WC1H 0BT, UK
T. 020 7679 4908,
F. 020 7679 4911
Responding to the full range of modern security challenges requires a strategic approach. The Government distinguishes clearly for the first time between threats to our national security, and drivers of insecurity. Their strategic framework also adds a third category of domains of threat: those environments in which threats may become manifest.
The UK’s Defence Strategic Framework
The capabilities of the UK’s armed forces are a core element of our ability to ensure our national security. They provide the ultimate defence against direct threats to the UK and its overseas territories, and they contribute to tackling threats to our national security overseas by helping to address conflict, instability and crises across the globe.
These capabilities are needed by the UK in order to provide protection, security and prosperity. The UK has an important part to play in a complex world:
- Because our economic interests, our citizens, and our cultural and familial connections with other countries are spread throughout many parts of the world.
- Given the openness of our economy, and our dependence on trade from around the world, and flows of energy, information, resources and capital, we need to be able to ensure that these flows are open and secure.
- As we cannot secure world trade and resource flows on our own, necessarily we must work in partnership with other countries.
- The UK’s position as a hub of international communications, travel and migration means that it can act as a stage where international events can be played out domestically, with events in other countries having an impact on populations resident here.
- The growth of diaspora communities in the UK means that some overseas conflicts or instability can be felt acutely at home.
- Our role in established international alliances such as NATO means that, while there is no discernible state threat to the independence, integrity or capacity for self-government of the UK, we have obligations to other states.
- The tradition of open debate, combined with a robust independent legal system, means that policies and actions to protect our national security have to command consent, and be defensible to the public as consistent with our values, and justifiable legally.
The Nature of Military Capability
As the MoD owns the high level architectural function of the systems of systems (the organisation, design and integration of combinations of military and defence systems), it will be working with Industry to adopt the systems engineering and open systems architecture charter to foster and enable insertion of new or improved technology and capability – recognising this may enable MoD to grow internal expertise and engage Subject Matter Experts within industry in order to manage the necessary greater acceptance of risk.
The nature of Military Capability.
Modern defence operations are characterised by the requirement to integrate individual systems, platforms and infrastructure to give military effect. There is also a strong need to introduce new technologies rapidly where they can add benefit. Improved systems engineering across the defence sector is essential to ensure that an integrated defence capability can be sustained as individual parts are updated or improved as part of TLCM.
Modular systems with open (standard and non-proprietary) interfaces and architectures are highlighted in the MoD Innovation Strategy (published in December 2007) as an essential means to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of the UK defence capability.
This module will enable the delegate with a comprehensive understanding of the MoD’s Strategic Framework and how it expects the application of Systems Engineering principles across the whole lifecycle and through all Defence Lines of Development.
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