Example Research Areas
- Ammunition Technical Assessments of national stockpiles and demilitarization requirements.
- Blast and ballistic protection requirements.
- Clandestine deliveries of weapons, ammunition and explosives to conflict zones (Using ATPIS methodology and systems).
- SSR from the perspective of ammunition and weapons requirements for future force structures.
- Vulnerability to terrorist attack assessments.
This is primarily why Explosive Capabilities engages only in targeted operational research to support the development and implementation of programmes at the operational level. Statistical analysis is a required component in our operational research findings and demonstrates the % Accuracy of Data to a % Confidence Level. This means that data can be fed into the project planning cycle at a much earlier date, with a degree of confidence, and hence the impact on the ground may be improved.
Properly targeted operational research is a critical component of effective programme and project management, should be demand driven, and has a major impact on the project or programmes' legitimacy.
Pure Research is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge without necessarily looking for long-term benefits other than the advancement of knowledge. Within the small arms and light weapons community this was important to raise the profile of the issue, but with the number of deployed projects its impact is reducing. Is a disproportionate amount of time spent on this type of research?
Strategic Research is experimental and theoretical work undertaken to acquire new knowledge directed into specified broad areas in the expectation of useful discoveries. It provides the broad base of knowledge necessary for the solution of recognised practical problems.
Operational Research is original work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge or evidence with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of strategic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and predetermined objectives. This is the level of research of most importance to project and programme management teams on the ground; and should be initiated by them. It is primarily this information that will inform and shape decisions at the operational level.