By the end of the course, you will have the requisite analytical and communication skills, professional knowledge and understanding to support a career as a Major and Lieutenant Colonel on the staff and as a Major in sub unit command.
Staff and Communication Skills
This module examines both military and civilian communication skills. It seeks to improve the quality of students’ staff work, both written and verbal. It introduces a range of skills and techniques, as well as Thinking Skills. It also includes study of Apps and Programmes which students can use in support of their work.
Command Leadership and Management
This module seeks to explore the full gamut of command, leadership and management, from both a military and civilian viewpoint. It includes a number of high-profile speakers, as well as a detailed study of the techniques and skills necessary to support accurate and effective annual report-writing.
Global Effects on Defence
This module is taught by our on-site academic partner, King’s College London. It entails a comprehensive tour-d’horizon examining both conflict and the causes of conflict, through the study of a series of global examples and case studies.
Higher Management of Defence
This module takes a detailed look at the role of Defence in Government, including its interaction with other departments such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Treasury. It broadens students’ understanding of the way in which government works including Defence spending.
Equipment Capability (including Business Skills)
Students study the way in which equipment works, from the chemistry of explosives to the physics of flight and the design parameters for armoured vehicle design. It includes a defence procurement exercise in which students are confronted with performance and cost trade-offs as they design an armoured vehicle.
This module confirms the knowledge of students at the Brigade level using the Combat Estimate, before going on to study the Tactical Estimate in the Division in the contemporary operating environment. There are a number of planning cycles at both the Brigade and Divisional levels and then all students visit the US Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth for two weeks working with their equivalents from the Intermediate Level Education course. There is a week looking at UK operations, and the way in which the Armed Services work with the Emergency Services, before a week in Normandy studying the ways in which the British and American armies moved out from the beach-heads. This is examined both as an historical case study but also as an example to consider using contemporary capabilities.