by: Matthew Potter
October 29, 2013

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digitable02TRAINING, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC and the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins have been contracted by the British Army to help devise a cutting-edge curriculum for its officers.

Working in partnership with military directing staff, NSC and Atkins’ training and analysis experts will develop and support a range of innovative computer-based instruction methods with the aim of sharpening the skills of students on the Service’s Captains’ Warfare Course.

The course is underpinned by a range of documentation and materials designed in conjunction with directing staff by Atkins’ training consultants.
Future graduates of the eight-week programme, which is delivered at the Land Warfare School (LWS) in Wiltshire, will be exposed to a state-of-the-art syllabus boasting a mix of simulation-based exercises, e-learning software and digital doctrine and drills videos provided by the Surrey-based company.

Simulated feeds from remotely-piloted air systems and computer-generated videos demonstrating an array of battlegroup tactics will be among the tools deployed to teach Army 2020 doctrine, exploit lessons learnt from previous operations and prepare personnel for future missions.

Those on the course will also benefit from NSC’s CONTACT – a real-time constructive simulation system that confronts commanders with the complexities of conflict. Already used to support the training of operations-bound command and staff officers, the simulation allows individuals or small groups of users to trial courses of action in a fully-customisable environment.

CONTACT’s simulated exercises and assessments provide instructors with the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward the action to deliver instant feedback or encourage syndicate discussion.

Traditional decision-making exercises will be further complemented by professionally-scripted and presented television news reports, which will serve to recap key briefing information and chronicle unfolding events.

Furthermore, a NSC-designed virtual learning environment and inclusion of computer-based training modules on the new-look course will mean students can review material at their own pace and revisit subjects as many times as they wish.

The course began on September 30th and runs to November 22nd 2013, and will be validated and, where necessary, amended by Atkins consultants and LWS staff.


NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.


Atkins is the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy with experience of delivering complex and time sensitive projects of national significance in the UK and worldwide, including the London 2012 Games, Crossrail, major rail signalling upgrades and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Atkins provides independent engineering, technical and project support services as well as human factors and training solutions to the MOD and Sea, Land, Air and Joint Commands to help them buy, deploy and maintain equipment, infrastructure and systems. Atkins was appointed the Official Systems Engineering Partner of the UK MOD in 2012.

Photo courtesy of NSC

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