Introduction to Naval Combat and Weapons Systems

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1 day

Delivery mode

Hybrid, In-Person or Online


UNSW Canberra City Campus

Standard price


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At a time when the Australian Defence Force is moving to a fifth generation of technological capability and Australia is embarking on a massive naval shipbuilding program as part of that evolution, the need in government, industry, academia and the media to understand the way maritime warfare works has never been greater. Yet the basic concepts are often opaque to outsiders, with even the simplest elements often surrounded by a mass of jargon and acronyms.

This course familiarises participants, especially those with limited prior exposure to naval combat and weapon systems, with context necessary to more effectively support naval combat and weapons systems across all phases of capability management.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Course content

  • Main Components of Naval Combat Systems
  • Kill Chain
  • Functions and Roles of Combat and Weapon System Elements
  • Trends in Naval Combat and Weapon systems
  • System of Systems Operational Effects

Learning outcomes

Skills/competencies/knowledge that would be gained through this course:
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit towards eligible postgraduate programs
  • Members of the Australian Institute of Project Management can earn CPD points (2 points per hour) in the Category of B08 – Knowledge.

Who should attend

This course is for anyone who is new to Defence Capability positions or industry professionals seeking to gain a baseline understanding of Naval Combat and Weapons Systems. The content in this course can be applied to a range of industry sectors with desire to operate within Naval/Maritime Systems including broader Defence, other government, logistics, manufacturing, information technology and security.


Daniel Lord

Daniel Lord is a Defence and Defence Industry Specialist. He has served in Defence as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, in the Single Service and Joint environments, and in Defence Industry across Modelling and Simulation, Data Analytics, Project and Program Management, Governance, Strategy Development and Capability Design, Delivery and Management.

He holds a Master of Project Management from the UNSW, Master of Leadership and Management in Education and a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle. As a Defence professional he is a Principal Warfare Officer and Force Warfare Officer with the Royal Australian Navy, specialising in Surface/Sub-Surface and Information Warfare.

He is an Industry Fellow with the USW Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests include systems thinking, modelling and simulation, risk aware approaches to complex decision making and capability requirement design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Leaders and Managers, Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Member within both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Project Management by which he is accredited as a Certified Practicing Project Director/Program Manager.



“Every engineering or project manager needs to do this course”
“This course has shown me how our organisation has never been able to produce a reliable system … and now I know what we need to think about”
“I wish I knew this stuff earlier in my career”
“Now I get it”

Cancellation policy

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.