Defence Concepts to Capability is delivered over a three week period and is particularly suited to industry partners who are looking to widen their exposure to the issues associated with the management of defence and capability delivery, as well as the resource challenge. The stage focuses on the UK Defence Operating Model and introduces higher level themes and trends rather than the detail of process and procedure. It seeks to establish the ‘dual primacy’ of policy and resource on the development of capability and seeks to introduce the strategic influences on Defence that impact most significantly at the operational level. It also includes a day visit to a defence industry facility and a number of keynote speakers including Ministers.
Using the UK as a case study, it includes three broad study elements supported by a practical exercise running throughout.
It will be delivered through a package of lectures, presentations and targeted readings, which are reinforced through syndicate and workshop activity. It draws on lecturers from government, the senior management of the MOD, business and industry, and academia. These include some of the most-respected academics in their field, high-ranking military officers and their civilian equivalents, providing an unrivalled networking opportunity.
DC2C takes place every 2nd to 4th week of January inclusive. Applications need to be received no later than end of November.
Element 1: Policy, Concepts and Organisation
This element seeks to develop understanding of the strategic and economic contexts and how Defence operates at the highest levels to develop policy and strategy. It further investigates how Defence is scrutinised by external authorities and in what ways Defence is held accountable.
Element 2: Capability Management and Acquisition
This element analyses the conceptual and actual choices and trade-offs when balancing policy, resource and capability together with the issues regarding capability delivery through life, and evaluating the relationships in acquisition and support between defence industries and the MOD.
Element 3: Innovation, Futures and Decision Making
This element seeks to draw together the earlier phases to consider alternative approaches – particularly considering other international models and the burgeoning contribution of non-traditional and innovative solutions to delivering military capability.
Practical Exercise: Policy to Capability (EX P2C)
The exercise seeks to analyse a generic process of delivering policy driven capability within emerging resource constraints. It starts with decisions on spending plans and continues through formulation of policy, leading to the identification and delivery of capability.