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 DP2C module is to understand the higher Management of Defence and analyse the principles ‘behind the ‘translation’ of policy into military capabilities within a resource envelop and risk appetite. 

The DP2C module is delivered over a four week period, the first three weeks of which is particularly suited to industry partners who are looking to widen their exposure to the issues covered, whilst spending three weeks embedded within a cross section of their customer base. Industry delegates will be asked to provide input through syndicate room discussions, presentations and workshops.

This course will be delivered through a combination of pre-reading, lectures with key-note speakers especially selected, a practical exercise, syndicate room discussions to bring together your learning and shared experiences and time for personal reflection. 

What you will learn

Through lectures, presentations and targeted readings, reinforced with syndicate and workshop activity you will learn:
  • understand the strategic and economic context in which Defence finds itself, and how Defence operates at the highest levels to develop defence policy and strategy in response.
  • understand how Defence is organised and managed together with the processes and plans that enable capability management.
  • understand how Defence is scrutinised by external authorities and in what way Defence is held accountable by Parliament and others.
  • analyse the conceptual and actual choices and trade-offs when balancing policy, resource and capability.
  • analyse the issues regarding capability delivery, through life, and evaluating the relationships in acquisition and support between defence industries and the MOD in times of austerity.
  • practical exercise used to examine, analyse and understand a generic process of delivering policy driven capability within emerging resource constraints.

How will this course help my career?

The module would appeal to middle or senior managers in the defence industry who wish to gain a better understanding of how government policy relates ultimately to the provision of military capability. It is intended to provide delegates with a broad comprehension of the policy to capability continuum; in most cases using the UK as a case study, and to help them understand their role within it as the providers of services and equipment. 

Security and restrictions

This course is at post graduated level. It is intended for senior military leaders, civil servants G7/B2 and SEO/C1 and industry divisional director level or those on fast track schemes who have the potential to be the leaders of the future. 

Students from overseas will 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

Students will be enrolled onto the virtual learning environment (VLE) which will support engagement in the learning process. 

Pre-reading material will be identified. It is essential students complete this activity prior to attending the course in order to achieve good learning outcomes from their attendance.

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)
The DP2C module is open to:
  • British and international delegates. Previous international delegates who have attended this module have found it beneficial after returning to their role
  • Civil servants grade C1/ SEO and up
If you are seeking a Ministry of Defence funded place you will need to demonstrate in your application that there is a clear business need to undertake this course.

Serving UK military and reservist personnel will be nominated by their respective career management grouping desk officers for attendance on this course.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning, Classroom

How will you be assessed?

There is no formal assessment of this course, however participants are encouraged to reflect on the material presented, and consider how best they can implement it in subsequent employment.

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