Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Document Type: ||Thesis or dissertation|
|Title: ||From capability to concept: Fusion of systems analysis techniques for derivation of future|
|Authors: ||Sparks, Emma S.|
|Supervisors: ||Couldrick, Christopher A.|
Iremonger, M. J.
Allsop, D. F.
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Abstract: ||The intent of this thesis is to define a set of processes for use within UK Government
dismounted soldier systems research that will provide stakeholders with auditable and
traceable information to understand gaps in military capability and justify future
procurement decisions. The need for this approach is linked to organisational shifts
within the UK Ministry of Defence, and more specifically Government research with
the move towards procurement of capability rather than equipment. In conjunction with
reducing defence budgets and increased scrutiny, there is a need to prioritise spending to
those areas that will provide the most significant enhancement to operational
The proposed process suite provides underpinning data to support Government
decisions, from definition of military need through to concept design and prioritisation
of future research activities. The approach is grounded in the field of systems thinking
and systems engineering providing the logical and systematic constructs required for
highly complex systems where the human is a central focus.
A novel fusion of existing systems tools and techniques enables both subjective data
from domain experts and objective data in the form of operational analysis and field
trials to be utilised for analysis across the five NATO capability domains, with output
defining the relative importance of survivability, sustainability, mobility, lethality and
C4I in the context of operational and strategic level military goals as well as wider
challenges represented by the doctrinal defence lines of development.
Future developments should include alignment with developing pan-MoD initiatives in
the form of MODAF, if required by the customer organisation. This would enable
generic versions of the process suite to be applied to any defence domain and problem.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD, EngD, MPhil and MSc by research theses - Cranfield Defence and Security, Shrivenham|
Items in CERES are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.