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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Weaponeering: Conventional Weapon System Effectiveness


    This short course is based on the very successful graduate-level Weaponeering course developed by Professor Driels and taught at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and has been given about 30 times at various customer locations. The course will give an overview of the fundamentals of the Weaponeering process and its application to air-to-surface and surface-to-surface engagements. The course explains the analytical basis of current weapon effectiveness tools known as the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manuals (JMEM) produced by the Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME). The JMEM are used by all services to plan offensive missions, and allow the planners to predict the effectiveness of selected weapon systems against a variety of targets. The course provides an introduction to the effectiveness of such conventional weapons on a variety of ground targets.

    Key Topics:

    • Learn terminology and basic principles in verification, validation and uncertainty estimation
    • Procedures for verification of codes
    • Procedures for verification of calculations
    • Design and execution of validation experiments
    • Quantitative assessment of model accuracy based on experimental measurements
    • Estimation of predictive uncertainty in simulations

    Who Should Attend:

    The course is suitable for those beginning a career in weapon system design, performance or effectiveness, or for experienced professionals in Weaponeering or Targeting looking for a rigorous and consistent analytical treatment of most fielded conventional weapons. The course does NOT teach students how to use JMEM tools but does provide insight for those who need to know the methods used to obtain weaponeering solutions, and the assumptions and limitations to which these solutions are subjected. Past attendees include active duty military from all services (enlisted-O6) and civilians ranging from recent graduates to professionals with over 25 years experience.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2.5-3 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes