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

The aim of this module is to examine the potential changing role of the military in both developed and developing countries; to analyse how hybrid warfare is likely to affect militaries; to enable participants to research the current strategic and security issues, including cyber warfare, hybrid warfare, space warfare; to predict the nature of future conflict; and to propose new forms of warfare.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield University at Shrivenham
  • Cost


    Concessions available

What you will learn

• Predict a broad knowledge and understanding of the works of the great military thinkers and those which relate to asymmetric conflict, compare and contrast them with those relating to symmetric conflict, and evaluate their relevance to modern operations,
• Analyse ‘low intensity operations’ and ‘operations other than war’,
• Analyse the theory and practice of peacekeeping and recent intervention operations,
• Speculate upon the development of guerrilla warfare and partisan operations and evaluate their effect on political outcomes and, where relevant, conventional military campaigns,
• Critique deterrence theory and nuclear strategy,
• Speculate upon the likely nature of future threats and responses, and
• Model the likely nature of future conflict.

Core content

•  Origins of warfare,
•  Classical military theorists and their relevance today,
•  Definition of ‘symmetric’ and ‘asymmetric’ and types of symmetry and asymmetry,
•  Theorists of asymmetric conflict:  Callwell, Kitson,
•  Future asymmetric warfare,
•  The theory and future practice of land, air and naval power,
•  Coalition warfare,
•  Nuclear strategy,
•  ‘Operations other than war’ and ‘low intensity operations’,
•  Peacekeeping operations,
•  Irregular warfare and hybrid warfare, 
•  Cyber warfare.

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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

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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