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Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from Australian industry for products and tools for use in operational analysis and decision-making support.

The Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) within Defence Science and Technology (DST) is engaging with partners in industry who have tools which could add value and support the Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment program (MCW SRI).  This second call is being conducted by the Defence Innovation Network (DIN) to the NSW based industry.


  • Working with DST to refine the tool for inclusion as part of the MCW SRI.
  • DST making available MCW SRI outputs for inclusion within your tool.

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.

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 listed below and examples of where it is currently being used.

Expressions of Interest are not to exceed one A4 page of text plus one A4 page of diagrams/graphics (optional) and are to be submitted to by 1:00 pm (AEST), Monday 6th May 2019.

Successful EoIs will be invited to attend the Modelling Complex Warfighting Symposium Industry Workshop being held Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 in Sydney and demonstrate their tool as part of the Industry Workshop.


General & Administrative:  Helen Dorsett ph: 0490 121 085
Technical & MCW SRI: Deanne Bateman ph: 08 7389 2363


The Modelling Complex Warfighting SRI is organised around four themes with seven current areas of interest within the themes:

1. 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
  • Trans-Disciplinary Approaches to Modelling Unknowns
2. 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
3. Knowledge Synthesis – Synthesis of analytical and simulation results to support the development of a joint force which is integrated by design.
  • Data-Driven Defence Operational Analysis
4. 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
  • Force Effectiveness Modelling

For the purposes of modelling complex warfighting, functions of the tools being sought include simulation for decision making, tactics development, operations analysis, and mission rehearsal. Human in the loop simulation systems can be included but systems for training development are outside the scope.

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