Defence Science & Technology (DST) Group – Defence Science Institute (DSI): Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Investment (SRI)

The Defence Science & Technology (DST) Group and Defence Science Institute (DSI) are partnering to identify research experience in fields that are relevant to Modelling Complex Warfighting – including mathematical, computer, and human behaviour sciences.

The Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Investment (SRI), led by the Joint and Operations Analysis Division, expressly seeks to revolutionise how we undertake operations analysis in DST Group 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.

The MCW SRI aims to address the force design and future defence force employment problems under four broad research themes: Conquering Uncertainty, Innovative Simulations, Knowledge Synthesis, and Modelling Complexity.

The MCW SRI is a five-year initiative, and at present there are seven active research areas:

  • Machine-discovered behaviour
  • Simulation-based concept exploration
  • Modelling complex human systems
  • Capability decision evaluation under certainty
  • Concepts for complexity-enabled warfare
  • Force design data culture
  • Modelling unknowns

Funding & Duration

  • Projects can request up to $100,000.
  • Projects are expected to be completed by 30 May 2018.

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

Further Information

Need Help?

  • Please contact Paul Arthur, Business Partnership Manager (ECMS, Arts & Professions) for assistance with a submission.
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