Defence Policy to Capability - ACSC-DP2C

Joint Services Command and Staff College
3 weeks - residential

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About this course

The aim of the Defence Policy to Capability (DP2C) course is to understand the higher management of defence and analyse the principles of balancing policy, risk and resource in order to deliver capability.

MOD civil servants application forms will need to be supported by line management approval before a place on the course can be allocated.

What you will learn

This course looks at the following:
  • defence management and the delivery of military capability
  • the national resource challenge who gets what, when and why
  • governance in what way defence is held accountable
  • an in depth analysis of the UK system and strategy for managing defence
  • the tensions between policy and resources in the development of capability to provide the requirement
  • the drivers for the development of capability

How will this course help my career?

Providing a valuable platform for civil servant B2/C1s or personnel at that equivalent level of management; to explore within the context of defence’s potential contribution, focusing upon the operational level.

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.

A unique opportunity to study alongside and network with British and foreign serving officers from 60 countries.

If you are interested in understanding how management in defence engages with finance and military capability in a Command, Head of Department, Business/Project Leader whose post or tasking would involve interaction in Industry.  Engaging with industry delegates and our partners across government who wish to acquire an insight into and gain a better understanding of the principles that govern the higher management in defence balancing policy, capability and resource; and their approach and application at that level within a high quality academic learning environment, this segment offers a unique training opportunity.

Security and restrictions

Civil servant grade: B2/G7  C1/SEO or industry equivalent - middle management.

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
  • 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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