Making Policy and Strategy - ACSC-MPS

Joint Services Command and Staff College
5 days - residential

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About this course

Policy and Strategy takes place in November and December of each year, generally the last week of November and the first two weeks of December.  Applications need to be received by mid September.

Making Policy and Strategy aims to enable students to analyse and apply the factors that shape the international system and how these factors ultimately affect the UK security context. The whole stage covers 4 consecutive weeks and breaks down into the following week-long study elements: Strategy in Theory and Practice; International Law and Ethics; UK Governance, Foreign Policy and Decision-making; UK Defence Policy. What are Policy and Strategy; What is Strategy and why is it so difficult?; Cultures of Security; Challenges and Constraints on Strategy in the 21st Century. The 3 week long stage is broken down into 4 themes.

Theme 1 – What are Policy and Strategy.  What are policy and strategy; how are they made and what is the relationship between them?  The aim of the theme is for students to understand how policy is made and the implications of different political systems, and to understand the key drivers of UK security policy.

Theme 2 – What is strategy and why is it so difficult? The aim of the theme is for students to introduce students to theoretical and conceptual approaches to strategic studies.

Theme 3 – Cultures of Security. The aim of the theme is for students to understand different perspectives on how culture influences strategy.

Theme 4 – Challenges and constraints on 21st Century Strategy.  The aim of the theme is for students to identify and examine the key challenges and constraints on implementation of strategy in the 21st century.

The stage is delivered through a series of lectures by academics, senior military and civil-service personnel and internationally recognised legal experts, supported by syndicate room activity, student debates and a strategy to policy deterrence case-study exercise.

What you will learn

The course examines the following:
  • what is strategy
  • different approaches to strategy
  • the difference between strategy and policy
  • the challenges in developing strategy
  • how policy is formulated

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 perspective.

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.

This course will provide delegates with the information on understanding strategy and policy and the importance of such tools of delivery within the working environment and will allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

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 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
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
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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