Defence Engagement - ACSC-DE

Joint Services Command and Staff College
5 days - residential

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About this course

This course offers an understanding of how the MOD plans and conducts its defence engagement alongside international partners and the issues faced.

You will be offered lectures by academics and military personnel as well as syndicate work led by experienced military staff to understand the theories and doctrine of defence engagement.

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 5 April 2018
  • industry partners and non government organisations no later than 5 February 2017
MOD civil servant application forms will need to be supported by completion of the line management approval section before a place on the course can be allocated.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • the use of analytical tools and techniques to generate better understanding of a situation
  • the concepts of using conflict prevention and upstream engagement to achieve national strategic objectives
  • the interaction with partners across government, especially the Stabilisation Unit to build stability overseas
  • a facilitated group exercise to develop a country plan for defence engagement activity

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 contribution to understanding international security and perspectives in an operational level, this unique study opportunity explores the current perceptions at time of delivery on the security situation associated with global and regional security both in the UK and overseas.

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

The course considers how the armed forces are called upon to undertake international defence engagement in support of national strategic objectives. It converts the theory of, and explores the emerging doctrine of, defence engagement and building stability overseas with input from the MOD’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre, Partners Across Government and the Stabilisation Unit.  It will review the countries at risk of instability, early warning requirements, upstream conflict prevention and rapid crisis prevention.

Security and restrictions

  • civil servants and OGD grade: B2/G7  C1/SEO, or industry equivalent
  • overseas military or civil servants 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

Pre-reading material will be identified and is 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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