Planning Operations: A Practical Exercise (2) - ACSC-PO2

Joint Services Command and Staff College
10 days - residential

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About this course

This is a student led exercise where attendees will be able to apply their knowledge of NATO planning processes to a practical military planning exercise.

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 November  2017
  • industry partners and non government organisations no later than 5 February 2018

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

What you will learn

The course, set within a practical military planning exercise, will practice the following:
  • the use of operational design concepts and tools used in NATO military doctrine (AJP-5)
  • the process of conducting an operational level estimate and development of an associated course of action
  • the use of analytical tools and techniques to generate better understanding of a situation
  • how to synchronise and phase planning conditions, effects and activities to make best use of resources
  • how to orchestrate different activity types to achieve a single planned outcome
This practical exercise is student led, supported by experienced military practitioners, using selected tools, techniques and processes to develop your understanding of the planning process.  You will gain most from this course if you first complete Planning Operations- A Practical Exercise (1).

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.

Personnel from any agency, department or organisation working in conjunction with UK armed forces engaged in the planning and conduct of operations in pursuit of national, multi national, multi-agency or coalition strategic objectives.  This could include the Cabinet Office, FCO, DfiD, MOD, the Stabilisation Unit and non government organisations.

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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