Short Courses

Next class Offering:

Huntsville. AL, an Advanced Weaponeering class September 9th – 12th. Email if you are interested in attending.

At the Customer’s Site

Morris Driels regularly teaches a four 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 usually a prerequisite for the Advanced class. A minimum number of 20 attendees is required for an on-site course.

Course fees, registration and completion certificate:

The course fee of $1400* for each student includes registration, a copy of the appropriate Weaponeering textbook(s) and course materials (see below).      

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). Students are  encouraged to bring a laptop to in-person classes. 

*Note: Due to shipping costs for the textbook, import taxes and higher travel costs, the registration fee may be higher for overseas classes depending on location and numbers of students participating.

Further Information:

Please contact Morris Driels by email at

Course Descriptions:

Introductory Course – textbook: Weaponeering for the Warfighter

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 effectiveness methodologies.

     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 – textbooks: Third edition of Weaponeering (Intro and Advanced)

The Advanced course uses the third edition of the textbook (2 volumes) and can be structured to customer requirements, for example emphasis on air-launched or surface launched weapons. A typical syllabus from a previous Army oriented 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

Security Classification:

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

Course Materials:

Each student will receive a copy of the instructor’s textbook(s), a digital set of slides presented during the course, a completion certificate and copies of any software used in the class, including the unclassified Weaponeering Tool.