This module can only be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

The module will enable students to analyse critically the challenges and key issues for the efficient and effective delivery of through life support (TLS) solutions in the Defence environment, and enable them to make better informed through life support management decisions.


At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham

What you will learn

• Critique theoretical through-life support good practice and real experience from commercial and international perspectives, and its relevance and applicability to defence,
• Evaluate the applicability and utility of a range of decision support tools and approaches to  better informed through-life support decision making in the defence context and through the lifecycle,
• Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the broad direction of academic research, and of the development of new approaches and processes, in the field of through-life support in defence,
• Utilise UK and international public and private sector experience and perspectives to identify the determinants of effective and efficient through-life support,
• Critically analyse specific through-life support solutions in defence, identifying their key characteristics, strengths and weaknesses, and assessing how they can be improved.

Core content

Defence through-life support context and overview

• What through-life support encapsulates: the scale, scope and value of TLS in defence in the UK and internationally,
• How TLS is contracted for and delivered,
• Governance; cultures, enablers and blockers; pricing mechanisms, profits, gain share and incentivisation; behaviours; lessons learnt.

TLS through the lifecycle

• Setting TLS requirements,
• Support chain design,
• Sourcing and manufacturing decisions,
• Support systems integration,
• Support chain and physical supply chain operations in-service, including spares optimisation, managing SC disruptions, turbulence and volatility, obsolescence, parts counterfeiting,
• End-of-life value recovery and sustainable practice.

The costs of supporting capability through-life

• Cost of ownership, and the contribution of support costs to whole life costs,
• Operation and support costs,
• Support cost modelling and identifying and managing support cost drivers,
• Leveraging better outcomes - linking support cost drivers to defence operational outputs.

Managing performance in through-life support

• General theory of performance management, outcomes and assessment,
• Modelling for operational availability, quantifying and managing the trade-offs,
• Modelling for spares availability, quantifying and managing the trade-offs,
• Measuring what matters: ensuring the right metrics for the delivery of operational effect.

Managing information for through-life support

• Network enabled capability for TLS: Information needs for asset management and engineering support, commercial and defence practice,
• Agreeing and implementing a common language for support: data and information standards, protocols and architectures.


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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