Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment
DST's Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment program is a five year program which seeks to revolutionise how DST undertakes operations analysis to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors impacting the capability of the current force and design of the future force. The MCW is now moving into a new phase, transitioning from research exploration to consolidation to meet the expanded Defence problem space.
MCW aims to revolutionise how DST undertake operations analysis. We seek to provide warfighting advantages to the ADF through a superior ability to analyse:
- The complex interactions of geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors that characterise the operating environment
- The effectiveness of ADF response options within that operating environment, for both the conduct of current operations and the design of the future force.
Three research projects, or strategic responses, are being undertaken under the Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment program. Each project is designed to focus effort and collectively they will conduct the specific research required to provide transformational operational analysis to future force decisions:
- Modelling in the grey zone
- Agile whole-of-force analysis
- Artificial intelligence and advanced analytics for decision-making
Defence Science Networks
The Modelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment program works closely with the state-based university Defence Science Networks which comprises the:
- Defence Science Institute (DSI) in Victoria
- Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) in South Australia
- Defence Innovation Network (DIN) in New South Wales.
- Defence Science Centre (DSC) in Western Australia.
These networks link the best and most relevant research capabilities in the university sector.