Aerospace capability analysis

The mission of the Aerospace Capability Analysis branch is to enhance ADF aerospace capability by providing expert, impartial, timely scientific advice. The branch provides innovative solutions, informs acquisition decisions and supports operations to future proof Defence capability. Aerospace Capability Analysis undertakes scientific research and develops technology and techniques for current and future ADF aerospace capabilities.

The Aerospace Capability Analysis branch develops and applies analytical methods, techniques and tools to inform decisions impacting the operational effectiveness of ADF aerospace concepts and capabilities. The branch is central to informing the evolution of air power in Australia and is internationally recognised for the development and application of novel methods and techniques to address challenging and highly complex aerospace problems.

Aerospace mathematical sciences

The Aerospace Mathematical Sciences group has significant expertise in modelling aerospace sensors and analysing the effectiveness of aerospace missions. In addition to mathematical modelling, developing strong capabilities in the fields of optimisation and data science will be critical in developing and positioning the group to address future aerospace operations research problems for the ADF.

The group develops and applies mathematical models of aerospace systems and operations to quantify effectiveness and to explore sensitivities to system performance. The group underpins the design and analysis of simulation experiments, and employs operations research and computational science fields, mathematical and statistical methods for application to complex and uncertain problems, including electronic warfare and fleet management.

The group enhances Defence decision-making by:

  • analysing capability and fleet size options for air acquisition projects
  • optimising employment of air systems
  • measuring and analysing fleet operations and management.

Aerospace organisational and management sciences

The Aerospace Organisational and Management Sciences group addresses complex air power issues with broad organisational impact and significant uncertainty. The group conducts studies that provide rational and meaningful insights to support strategic decisions for Defence. It enhances Defence decision-making by; developing aerospace power concepts; informing force structures and processes; informing future technologies and capabilities; and, partnering to support Defence's engagement in international forums.

The group is recognised for the research, development and application of a broad range of techniques to address aerospace power challenges. It draws on disciplines as diverse as organisational science, management science, cognitive science and psychology in order to support strategic analysis, concept and capability development, complex problem structuring and organisational design.

The group enhances Defence decision-making by:

  • developing air power concepts
  • informing force structures and processes
  • informing future technologies and capabilities
  • partnering to support Defence engagement in international forums.

Aerospace computational sciences

The Aerospace Computational Sciences group develops and applies tools, techniques and methods from the computational sciences to solve research problems relating to Austraian aerospace power.

The group conducts research into the behaviours of teams, and explores advanced visualisation methods to further improve decision-making. In doing so, it draws on the core disciplines of computer science, software engineering and computational science to develop computational models and simulations of air combat and airborne ISR missions.

The group enhances Defence decision-making through:

  • representation and detailed analysis of complex tactical and force-level air power operations
  • repeatable, fit-for-purpose modelling and simulation of air power technologies
  • representation of advanced decision-making in highly complex, adversarial air engagements.

Aerospace systems analysis

The Aerospace Systems Analysis group conducts studies to improve the effectiveness of individual aerospace systems capabilities as well as their integration, across the ADF. It provides high-impact advice on the acquisition and employment of these military systems and capabilities, to enhance strategic, operational and tactical decision-making.

The group applies evidence-based systems research and analysis to the development and integration of the future aerospace enterprise and capabilities. The group develops and sustains expertise in the definition, representation and modelling of enterprise and capability systems from a whole-of-system perspective, drawing on organisational science, systems-related sciences and systems/software engineering.

The group enhances Defence decision-making through:

  • representation and analysis of whole-of-system capabilities
  • incorporation of organisational, command and control, and operational elements to inform integrated decision-making in the aerospace domain
  • training systems and manpower analysis.


Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • mathematical modelling
  • optimisation
  • data sciences
  • cognitive modelling
  • advanced work analysis
  • air warfare analysis
  • scenario analysis
  • futures and experimentation
  • team behaviours
  • non-kinetic modelling and simulation
  • augmented and virtual reality
  • training pipeline analysis
  • rotary wing survivability
  • systems analysis
  • rotary wing weapon delivery effectiveness
  • rotary wing operational analysis tools