Delivered at Masters level, the course examines national and international issues regarding defence acquisition, and the significance of inter-governmental cooperation and collaboration. There is analysis of the defence acquisition systems of key partners and allies of the UK, particularly the US. Read more Read less

The course covers the key elements in debates about the dynamics of cooperation and regional integration in Europe as they affect defence acquisition. There is coverage of national and international export control regimes and the issue of technology transfer. There is a comparison of the guiding concepts, structures and processes of the UK defence acquisition system with those of key partners of the UK. There is also broader discussion of issues such as sovereignty, dependence, inter-dependence, military sales, supply and support chains, globalization and national cultural considerations.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration4 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,750

Course structure

Lectures, discussions, group presentations, practical exercises.

What you will learn

With increasing globalisation, it is difficult to identify an aspect of UK defence acquisition which does not have an international dimension. Whether it is technology from abroad, participation in multinational defence projects or foreign military sales, international aspects of defence acquisition affect government and industry. The objective of this course is to provide our students with a comprehensive understanding of the complex international dimensions of Defence Acquisition.

Core content

  • Key concepts from politics and international relations: sovereignty, dependence, inter-dependence, national interest, linkage politics, regimes, globalisation
  • Key theories from politics and international relations
  • The place of national cultural considerations
  • International dimensions
  • International trade, cooperation and cross-border supply and support chains
  • Collaboration as a corporate and governmental activity
  • National and international export control regimes
  • Europe: the European Union, the European Defence Agency, OCCAR and the Letter of Intent Framework countries
  • NATO and the transatlantic dimension of defence acquisition
  • Working with others: selected national acquisition systems.

Who should attend

Military and civilian personnel at all levels of management across the defence environment, including government and industry.


There will be speakers from industry, the UK Ministry of Defence and a non-UK Defence Attache.

Location and travel

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) is a Cranfield School based at the Ministry of Defence establishment on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire borders.

Shrivenham itself lies in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, close to the M4 motorway which links London and South Wales. It is 7 miles from Swindon, the nearest town, which lies off the M4 at the hub of Britain’s motorway network.

Bath, Cheltenham, Bristol and Oxford are all within an hour’s drive and London less than two hours away by car.

All visitors must be pre-booked in at reception by the person they are visiting on the campus.

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How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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