Defence Capability Management - Fundamentals

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

This 2 day course introduces the fundamental behaviours, principles, concepts and framework of the Australian Defence Organisations Capability Policy. The course provides the foundation knowledge for participants to understand the Defence Capability Framework and operate in a Capability Development, Delivery, Sustainment or Disposal position. As part of a broader suite of Capability Courses, this course sets the fundamental knowledge set necessary to progress to intermediate and advanced courses.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Duration: 2 Days

Delivery Mode: On-campus, online and remote


Daniel Lord

Daniel Lord is a Defence and Defence Industry Specialist. He has served both in Defence as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, in both 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 University of New South Wales, 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, specialised in Surface/Sub-Surface and Information Warfare.

He is an Industry Fellow with the University of New South Wales 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.

Course Information


Providing the right capability involves addressing a complex and dynamic set of issues.

The objective of Defence’s capability processes is to provide Government with a set of capabilities that include the most appropriate options to address its strategic priorities within the available resources, and the flexibility to adjust over time to meet emerging challenges.

Understanding the Framework

  • Fundamental Inputs to Capability
  • Capability Program Architecture
  • Relationships with Government
  • Capability Management

Understanding Roles

  • Joint Force Authority
  • Capability Managers
  • Domain Leads
  • Program, Project and Product Sponsors
  • Program, Project and Product Delivery Managers
  • Contestability

Understanding Phases

  • Strategy and Concepts
  • Risk Mitigation and Requirement Setting
  • Acquisition
  • In-Service and Disposal


  • Group exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the course.

The course ends with a multiple-choice

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.