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.

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

Analysis and exercises in a simulation environment

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).
Our work

MARVEL / Comprehensive Approach

Finding the effects of policy interventions is often a difficult matter. For instance, what would be the effect on the employers' productivity if the management knowledge level were improved? Read more
Our work

Operational analysis makes military operations more effective and efficient

TNO has taken the lead  in creating a new capacity for the Netherlands armed forces, namely operational analysts. Their task is making military missions more efficient and effective by using their scientific... Read more
Our work

Replacement of the F-16

In 1998, TNO and NLR (National Aerospace Laboratory) offered their joint support to the Royal Dutch Air Force for the project concerning the replacement of the F-16 fighter jets. Through guiding a large... Read more

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