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/Intermediate
Course Length: 2-4 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes


I. Part I covers the basic tools and methods used in Weaponeering
A. The Weaponeering process
B. Elementary Statistical Methods
C. Weapon Trajectory
D. Delivery Accuracy of guided (including GPS/INS) and unguided munitions (JDAP, GWDAP)
E. Target Vulnerability Assessment (COVART, AJEM, General Full-Spray, JMAE)

II. Part II covers the Weaponeering process for air-launched weapons against ground targets
A. Single weapons directed against point and area targets (WINJMEM)
B. Stick deliveries (point and area targets)
C. Projectiles (guns and rockets)
D. Weaponeering for specific targets: (bridges, buildings, tunnels etc. using EI values)
E. Simple collateral Damage modeling

III. Part III covers the Weaponeering process for ground engagements
A. Indirect fire systems – artillery and mortars (SQ2, ArtQuick, Matrix Evaluator)
B. Direct fire systems – infantry and armored vehicles (FBAR, PVTM)
C. Mines – land and sea


Students will have the opportunity to purchase the recommended textbook “Weaponeering: Introduction to Weapon System Effectiveness” authored Dr. Morris Driels.



Dr. Morris Driels is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He has worked with the JTCG/ME on a variety of topics in support of the JMEM for a number of years. He currently teaches a one quarter Weaponeering course at NPS and has taught this short course to a wide range of industrial and military audiences in this country and overseas. His textbook, “Weaponeering: Conventional Weapon System Effectiveness”, (AIAA Education Series 2004) stands as one of the few published works on this topic.



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