The MCW SRI seeks to revolutionise how DST undertakes operations analysis to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors for design of the future force. Force design is the planning and decision-making process regarding military equipment and future defence operations.
Such decisions are often made under conditions of high uncertainty and without assumptions on predictability or stability of the system. The MCW SRI aims to address four themes in the force design and future Defence Force employment problems.
The MCW SRI is organised around four themes with seven current areas of interest within the themes, including:
- Conquering uncertainty: Scientific methods to enable robust force design decisions to produce a resilient force through the understanding and management of uncertainty in Defence.
- Modelling complex human systems under uncertainty; and
- Trans-disciplinary approaches to modelling unknowns.
- Innovative simulations: Novel modelling and simulation techniques to enable exploration of whole-of-force warfighting concepts and force options.
- Simulation for future operating concept development.
- Knowledge synthesis: Synthesis of analytical and simulation results to support development of a joint force that is integrated by design.
- Data-driven defence operational analysis.
- Modelling complexity: Methods to enable understanding of properties of the joint force emerging as a result of nonlinear interactions between the many constituent elements.
- Concepts for complexity-enabled warfare;
- Machine-discovered behaviour; and
- Force effectiveness modelling.
Expressions of interest are to include a brief description of the function of the tool, how it might support particular areas of interest within the MCW SRI program and examples of where it is currently being used.
Successful EOIs will be invited to attend the MCW Workshop being held Thursday, 6 Decembe 2018 in Melbourne and demonstrate their tool as part of the workshop.