Defence Concepts to Capability - ACSC-DC2C

Joint Services Command and Staff College
Command
3 weeks - residential

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Defence Concepts to Capability is delivered over a three week period and is particularly suited to industry partners who are looking to widen their exposure to the issues associated with the management of defence and capability delivery, as well as the resource challenge.  The stage focuses on the UK Defence Operating Model and introduces higher level themes and trends rather than the detail of process and procedure.  It seeks to establish the ‘dual primacy’ of policy and resource on the development of capability and seeks to introduce the strategic influences on Defence that impact most significantly at the operational level.  It also includes a day visit to a defence industry facility and a number of keynote speakers including Ministers.

Using the UK as a case study, it includes three broad study elements supported by a practical exercise running throughout.

It will be delivered through a package of lectures, presentations and targeted readings, which are reinforced through syndicate and workshop activity. It draws on lecturers from government, the senior management of the MOD, business and industry, and academia.  These include some of the most-respected academics in their field, high-ranking military officers and their civilian equivalents, providing an unrivalled networking opportunity.

DC2C takes place every 2nd to 4th week of January inclusive.  Applications need to be received no later than end of November.

Element 1: Policy, Concepts and Organisation

This element seeks to develop understanding of the strategic and economic contexts and how Defence operates at the highest levels to develop policy and strategy. It further investigates how Defence is scrutinised by external authorities and in what ways Defence is held accountable.

Element 2: Capability Management and Acquisition

This element analyses the conceptual and actual choices and trade-offs when balancing policy, resource and capability together with the issues regarding capability delivery through life, and evaluating the relationships in acquisition and support between defence industries and the MOD.

Element 3: Innovation, Futures and Decision Making

This element seeks to draw together the earlier phases to consider alternative approaches – particularly considering other international models and the burgeoning contribution of non-traditional and innovative solutions to delivering military capability.

Practical Exercise: Policy to Capability (EX P2C)

The exercise seeks to analyse a generic process of delivering policy driven capability within emerging resource constraints. It starts with decisions on spending plans and continues through formulation of policy, leading to the identification and delivery of capability.

What you will learn

Through lectures, presentations and targeted readings, reinforced with syndicate and workshop activity you will learn:
  • understand the strategic and economic context in which Defence finds itself, and how Defence operates at the highest levels to develop defence policy and strategy in response.
  • understand how Defence is organised and managed together with the processes and plans that enable capability management.
  • understand how Defence is scrutinised by external authorities and in what way Defence is held accountable by Parliament and others.
  • analyse the conceptual and actual choices and trade-offs when balancing policy, resource and capability.
  • analyse the issues regarding capability delivery, through life, and evaluating the relationships in acquisition and support between defence industries and the MOD in times of austerity.
  • practical exercise used to examine, analyse and understand a generic process of delivering policy driven capability within emerging resource constraints.

How will this course help my career?

The module would appeal to middle or senior managers in the defence industry who wish to gain a better understanding of how government policy relates ultimately to the provision of military capability. It is intended to provide delegates with a broad comprehension of the concepts to capability continuum; in most cases using the UK as a case study, and to help them understand their role within it as the providers of services and equipment. Successful completion qualifies the delegates for CMI Level 7 accreditation. 

Security and restrictions

This course is at post graduated level. It is intended for senior military leaders, civil servants G7/B2 and SEO/C1 and industry divisional director level or those on fast track schemes who have the potential to be the leaders of the future. 

Students from overseas will require 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

Students will be enrolled onto the virtual learning environment (VLE) which will support engagement in the learning process. 

Pre-reading material will be identified. It is essential students complete this activity prior to attending the course in order to achieve good learning outcomes from their attendance.



Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Industry
  • Internationals
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
Applications are invited from industry delegates and Civil Servants – particularly those in the higher management of defence and capability and acquisition.  DC2C would also be of interest to wider pan-Government Civil Servants who wish to develop their understanding of how government policy relates to the provision of military capabilities.  This stage is likely to be of particular interest to MOD Civil Service B2 / C1s working in, or looking to work in, either DE&S or the FinMilCap areas of Head Office and the Military Commands.  
If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence funded place you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake this course.

Serving UK military and reservist personnel will be nominated by their respective career management grouping desk officers for attendance on this course.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom

How will you be assessed?

There is no formal assessment of this course, however participants are encouraged to reflect on the material presented, and consider how best they can implement it in subsequent employment.

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