Military operations

Within Military operations we focus on the development and application of (mathematical) methods and models to make the effects of policy decisions objective and clear and to improve the use of the material resources or personnel of an organisation (military/security), taking account of the specific demands and requirements inherent in executing and supporting military and security operations.

3 pillars of operational analysis

  • Future structure is geared to the development of future concepts/system requirements and support for the selection process in purchasing capital-intensive goods.
  • Operational support is geared to guaranteeing and structuring the requisite conditions for use in the most efficient and optimum way possible, focusing on maintenance analysis and intelligence analysis.
  • Planning and evaluation are geared to planning, executing, analysing and evaluating an operation (military/security) and/or exercises and/or policy in order to make the most effective use of resources (people, systems).

Our expertise

Operational Analysis is used in multidisciplinary projects to analyse problems of a strategic, operational and logistical nature. Operational Analysis focuses on both military and security applications to structure complex problems and make evident the consequences of different alternatives. TNO solves logistical problems and provides insight into the expected costs of material as well as offer support during the planning, execution, analysis and evaluation of an operation. For this analysis TNO has an extensive range of analytical and simulation models.

Applications and impact

TNO is able to translate a theoretical framework into practical solutions for strategic and operational problems. Examples include:

  • TNO's policy evaluation method MARVEL (Method to analyse relations between variables using enriched loops), an operational and a strategic method for supporting policy analysis and operational evaluation.
  • The use of Operational analysts in the province of Uruzgan in Afghanistan, who contribute to the Dutch mission and assist in developing the Dutch 'Task Force Uruzgan master plan'.
  • F-16 replacement: supporting the Dutch Ministry of Defence in developing operational concepts and in the field of logistics and lifetime costs for the next generation fighter aircraft.
  • New logistical methods and analysis tools to improve the cost-efficient maintenance of material (like aircraft and ships).

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Low frequency active sonar

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TNO has over 30 years of practical experience with low frequency active sonar for anti-submarine protection. Find out what we do for the Dutch Ministry of Defence using LFAS.

Cyber and Electronic Warfare

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The digital resilience of the Netherlands is essential. At TNO, we work with our partners on innovative solutions in the field of digital security.

Protection materials

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In mission and weapon-platform development, lighter is always better. TNO has been working on the trade-off between weight and protection level for many years.

Personal protection

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What injuries can be expected due to a bullet impact on a helmet? How does a bullet, explosion or grenade (IED) affect the human body? What protection level is provided by bullet proof vests and how can this be improved? Can feasible requirements for personal protection be specified given a specific threat range?

Infrastructure protection and survivability

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Infrastructures, such as buildings, protective structures, industrial complexes, tunnels, harbours and pipelines, are a vital part of modern society, all of which are extremely vulnerable to the effects of an explosion.