This course provides an introduction to defence analysis and operational analysis. Read more Read less


  • details of the use of operational analysis in decision making, how it is used and by whom
  • an introduction and exposure to the methods and tools which are used in defence analysis
  • hands-on practical exercises.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 15 - 19 May 2023
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost£1,925 Concessions available

What you will learn

  • To introduce defence analysis and operational analysis
  • To detail the use of operational analysis in decision making, how it is used and by whom
  • To introduce the methods and tools which are used in defence analysis.

Core content

  • Origins and concepts of operational analysis
  • Model building in operational analysis
  • Weapon assessment
  • Measures of effectiveness and performance
  • Logistics modelling
  • Mathematical combat modelling
  • Combat modelling and simulation
  • Human in the loop simulation
  • Distributed simulation.


  • Can be delivered as a tailored course for a particular customer requirement.

  • Who should attend

    The course is aimed at:

    • those with a background in operational research, but only limited knowledge of its defence applications
    • more senior staff, whose work has brought them into contact with operational analysis, and who now wish to gain a better understanding of the subject
    • new graduates with a general science or engineering background who wish to gain a better understanding of operational analysis.

    Note that this is intended as a general introduction to operational analysis and anyone with specific interests or requirements could also consider one of our more specialised courses.

    No formal requirements for the short course.


    A limited number of MOD sponsored places are available.

    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.

    For further location and travel details

    How to apply

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

    Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.