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A System for Managing Force Development

The lecture presents initiatives and projects aimed at enhancing Bullgaria's system for managing force development, and in particular the "Force Management System," designed with the assistance of US consultants. It then provides a critical analysis of current norms and practices, and the outlines of a system of strategic defence management, intended to remedy identified...

Security and Defence Industrial Base

The defence industrial base is examined as a key component of the defence potential of a country or an alliance. The lecture presents the trends in the evolution of the defence industries in the Euroatlantic area, along with national examples covering other countries. It provides analysis of the emergence of a ‘security industry’ in a defence-security continuum, supporting...

Principles of Programme-Based Defence Management

The lecture presents the principles of programme-based force development: relating resource allocation to policy decision; output orientation of the resource decisions; balancing the capability portfolio; balancin long-term with short-term needs, urgent operational requirements and legacy issues; transparency, accountablity and flexibility in changing force development...

A System for Defining Required Defence Capabilities

The lecture explains the purpose of capability-based planning, its place in the system of defence management, and main methodological requirements to capability oriented defence planning. It provides analysis of two systemic procedural and organisational solutions, designated for implementation in Bulgaria’s defence ministry. Finally, it presents key requirements to the...

Introduction into Capability-Based Planning

The lecture provides definitions and models, used to describe defence capabilities. It presents in detail a methodology for capability planning, supporting decision making on long-term development of forces, management and support organisations in uncertainty. The methodology uses a taxonomy that adds to the operational capabilities of the armed forces capability groups for...

Methods and Tools for Decision Support in Security and Defence Management

The lecture provides a definition for ‘decision’ and a number of examples for scientific/ analytical support to decision making in various disciplines of security and defence management. It explains the role of the decision support systems (DSS), providing a definition, classification, and examples. Finally, it discusses the principle of organizing decision support and...

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