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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...

Managing Change in Complex Organizations. The Challenges of Transformation

The lecture informs on the main approaches, principles, and phases of change management, the implementation of respective plans under the impact of social and cultural factors. It discusses the waves of thinking on change in defence after the Cold war, with focus on defence transformation, smart defence, and the concept of Intelligent Complex Adaptive Systems.

Balancing Needs and Constraints: The Role of Planning Risks

The lecture presents the types of risk related to the use and the development of armed forces. It introduces the students to the theory and methods of assessing risks in defence planning, and provides examples on the usefulness of risk assessments. The students are acquainted with the main issues in managing risks at macro level, i...

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