Capability and Acquisition Fundamentals - CAF

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2 x 30 mins presentations
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About this course

This training is currently being updated. We anticipate that training will be made available late January 2021. 

Open to all, Capability & Acquisition (CAPAC) ‘Fundamentals’ is an awareness training offer which provides military and civilian personnel with essential knowledge prior to undertaking a variety of CAPAC roles and appointments. This training is also relevant to Professional Military Education components, and also those who have not been employed in CAPAC domains for a period of time. The course also provides international students, or those from industry, with a comprehensive overview of CAPAC activities and processes used within the UK MOD.  

CAPAC Fundamentals is initially delivered over 2 consecutive sessions: ‘How Defence Works’ and ‘Delivering Change’. Each session runs for approximately 30 minutes.  

'How Defence Works'. Considers how the UK Government uses the new Defence Operating Model to set strategic baselines and how the MOD then undertakes the end to end process of sourcing and supporting new and existing military capability with supporting examples. Course topics include the 3-Stage Approvals Process, the CADMID cycle and Setting Programmes up for Successful Outcomes. 

‘Delivering Change’. Explores acquisition to capability processes through the introduction of Performance, Cost & Time and Policy analysis, behaviours and themes promoting success. 

Further awareness training, primarily that covering ‘Commercial’, ‘Finance’ and ‘Project Delivery’ functions, must also be completed in order to achieve the necessary levels of professional competence at the ‘Fundamentals’ level. 

What you will learn

You will acquire an understanding of the UK MOD’s Capability and Acquisition processes and their application in the development and generation of affordable and strategy-compliant force structures and military capability.

How will this course help my career?

This Fundamentals training will provide you with the key awareness knowledge needed to undertake a variety of roles in the acquisition and capability arenas for both military and civilian staff. The Fundamentals course is also relevant to those who have not been employed in capability or acquisition roles within the UK MOD for a period of time. It is recognised as part of the military Capability and Acquisition Functional Knowledge Skills and Experience (FKSE) and is envisaged to become a prerequisite for a number of military appointments. If you are an international student or from industry, the course will provide you with a working understanding of the capability and acquisition processes used within the UK MOD. 

Security and restrictions

The course will be briefed at Official.

Before you attend

Before attending any module you need to have read the 2020 release of 'How Defence Works' available on defnet homepage through MODNET access.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
This CAPAC Fundamentals course is aimed at OF2/OF3/equivalent level.

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How will you be assessed?

There is a short assessment.