Contemporary Security and the Role of Major States - ACSC-CSRMS

Joint Services Command and Staff College
5 days - residential

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About this course

If you are interested in understanding how major states pursue their security interests, the impact of fragile, failed and failing states on global security and the implications for those affected by them within a high quality academic learning environment this segment offers a unique training opportunity.

Course delivery is via central lectures by academics, senior military and civilian practitioners and facilitated discussion by military directing staff and academics from Kings College London.

Applications timelines for the various categories are as follows:
  • MOD civil servants and other government departments, no later than 3 weeks before the start of the course
  • foreign military and civil servants expressions of interest need to be declared by 30 June 2017
  • industry partners and non government organisations no later than 1 September 2017
MOD civil servant application forms will need to be supported by completion of line management approval section before a place on the course can be allocated.

What you will learn

You will learn:
  • the changing nature of the world order in the 21st century, including the US, China and Russia and their different ambitions and strategies
  • where power lies in the contemporary international system
  • where states fit and what the implications of state fragility and failure are for the rest of us
  • what the responses and the options are for addressing state failure

How will this course help my career?

Providing a valuable insight for civil servant B2/C1s or personnel at that equivalent level of management; within the context of defence's potential contribution and focusing upon the operational level, this unique study opportunity explores the themes and examines power, state failure and its causes, response methods and identification of options both in the UK and overseas operations.

Working alongside military and civilian personnel studying full time on the Advanced Command Staff Course will allow interaction and contribution with a professional and unique learning environment.

Opportunity to study alongside and network with UK and foreign serving officers from 60 countries.

Security and restrictions

Civil servants and OGD grade: B2/G7  C1/SEO, or industry equivalent.

Overseas military or civil servants required a good standard of fluency in written and spoken English (NATO SLP 3333) and be comfortable with learning in English at post-graduate level.

Before you attend

Pre-reading material will be identified and essential to personnel achieving good learning outcomes from attendance on the course.

You will be enrolled on the course Virtual Learning Environment to support engagement in the learning process.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Other government departments (OGDs)
Serving UK military and TA personnel will be nominated by their respective career management grouping desk officers for attendance on this course.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom

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