In-Person classes are back!

    Next class: Huntsville AL, 28-30 June 2022, for details, click HERE

    Online Courses:

 Classes are currently offered online using a web portal such as Zoom, Webex, Teams etc. Two online options are available:

    1.  A single customer may request an exclusive class for a group of their employees. These classes require a minimum of 20

        registered students and may be tailored to the specific requirements of the customer.

    2.  For smaller groups or individuals interested in taking a class, Professor Driels maintains a list of potential participants. When there

         are sufficient people on the list a course will be offered. If you would like to be placed on such a list please email Professor Driels.

  Contact email:

    At the Customer's site:

  Professor Driels regularly teaches a three day, face-to-face short course version of his eleven week NPS Weaponeering class at customer

  sites in the U.S. and overseas. Courses are offered at the Introductory or Advanced levels where the Introductory class is a

  pre-requisite for the Advanced class. Usually a minimum number of 20 attendees is required for an on-site course.


















  Course fees, registration and completion certificate:

  The course fee of $1350* for each student includes registration, a copy of the Weaponeering textbook (3rd Edition) and a set of slides used for the course.      

  To sign up for the course please fill out the registration form. At the end of the course, each attendee will receive a completion certificate stating

  that the material covered represents 2.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

  *Note: Due to shipping costs for the textbook, the registration fee may be higher for overseas participants depending on location and numbers of

   students participating.

  Further Information:

  Please contact Professor Morris Driels on 831-402-4573 or email him at

  Course Descriptions:

Short Courses

  Introductory Course

  The Introductory course follows the "Weaponeering for Warfighters" textbook and covers each chapter - see "Textbook" page. Broadly, the following topics are discussed:

        1. Fundamental topics of Weaponeering including trajectory, accuracy, lethality, vulnerability and methodologies to calculate effectiveness.

        2. Applications to specific targets such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, roads and runways.

        3. Weapon effects such as cratering, ground penetration, air blast and collateral damage.

        4. Use of a Weaponeering tool to investigate several practical examples. 

  Advanced Course

    The Advanced course uses the third edition of the textbook (2 volumes) and can be structured to customer requirements. A typical syllabus from a previous class was:

      1. Surface-to-surface Weaponeering tools

      2. Trajectory for spinning projectiles and gun systems

      3. Prediction of accuracy using error budget approach

      4. Non-homogeneous targets

      5. Cratering and ground penetration

      6. Air blast

      7. Personnel injury

      8. Above ground buildings and bunkers

      9. Ray tracing effectiveness methodologies

   About the Instructor: 

  Dr. Driels is  Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, and worked with the JTCG/ME

  on a variety of topics in support of the JMEM for over twenty years. He taught a one quarter (11 weeks) Weaponeering course at NPS and has taught

  this short course to a wide range of industrial and military audiences in this country and overseas. His textbooks including “Weaponeering: Conventional Weapon

  System Effectiveness”, published by AIAA Education Series first edition 2004, second edition 2013, third edition 2020, and "Weaponeering for the Warfighter"

  (2021) stand as one of the few published works on this topic.

  Security Classification:

  All courses are based on and use material from the Weaponeering textbooks, and as such are UNCLASSIFIED, Distribution unlimited with no ITAR restrictions.

  Handout Material:

  Each student will receive a copy of the instructor’s textbook(s), a comprehensive set of notes covering the material presented during the course, and

  a completion certificate.