The Practicalities of Crisis Management - ACSC-PCM

Joint Services Command and Staff College
5 days - residential

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About this course

The Joint Services Command and Staff College trains and educates UK Officers from all three services including those from many countries from around the world.  Our mission is to deliver first class education, which develops our people and our allies’ Defence forces by giving them the skills they need to address future security and defence challenges at home and abroad,

The flagship course, the year long post-graduate level Advance Command Staff Course for mid-seniority military and civilian personnel, is offering training elements of this programme as discrete short courses.

The Practicalities of Crisis Management is one of those segments being offered.

The course will appeal to those interested in understanding the factors and constraints involved in UK decision making and planning for managing a crisis overseas.

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.

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 servant expressions of interest need to be declared by 30 Oct 2017.
  • industry partners and non government organisations no later than 5 Jan 18

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

The course examines the following:
  • national security architecture and the role of the UK National Security Council
  • how national security policy and strategy is developed in response to a crisis or situation
  • the factors that the UK Government will consider and how the MOD influences that response
  • how the MOD conducts planning for military operations at the strategic level using an ‘integrated approach’ with Partner Government Departments and Agencies
  • the role and spectrum of information & media used to influence audiences in achieving desired outcomes
Course delivery is via central lectures by academics, senior military and civilian practitioners and facilitated discussions led by military directing staff and academics from King’s College London.

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.

MOD personnel and personnel from Partners Across Government and non-governmental organisations who wish to gain a better understanding of how military planning works in a multi-national headquarters.  Linked to the planning exercise courses, maximises the opportunity for exposure to the challenges and tensions inherent in this area and gives students a broad understanding of key issues.

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
  • 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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