You will learn to:
- evaluate the importance of Command, Leadership, Management, Ethos and Ethics (CLME). ICSC(MR) provides an important opportunity for you to discuss a wide range of CLME topics and take stock of your own personal development. These studies are inter-woven throughout the course with opportunities taken to expose you to the personal experiences and insights of CLME from a wide range of speakers. These are supported by syndicate room discussions and tutorials which allow the key issues to be further explored and debated
- demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively (oral and written). The staff & communication Skills module is spread throughout the course with much of the work being done as part of other elements of ICSC(MR)
As you are expected to have completed the online electronic defence writing (eDW) package before arriving, you will very rapidly be taken through and tested on the fundamental defence writing conventions early on in the course. You will learn and develop these skills whilst studying other elements of the course syllabus by delivering formal and informal presentations and briefings, submitting various styles of written work, or leading and contributing in syndicate room discussions. The emphasis is on effective communication using the most appropriate method and media to share information and improve understanding.This module also includes problem solving, working practices and management strategy using syndicate exercises to consolidate and reinforce all these points. This module focuses on the a, b, c of all good staff work – accuracy, brevity & clarity.
You will be able to explain the position of the UK within the international environment and how the maritime input to defence supports the UK’s interests at home and abroad. The strategic studies module covers a wide range of subjects which aim to set the strategic context within which UK maritime forces operate. Subjects include:
- globalisation and security
- British politics, foreign, and defence policies
- international security organisations (EU, UN, NATO)
- global and regional security studies
- UK defence management
You will learn to analyse the application of maritime power across the full spectrum of conflict. The maritime studies module (Strategy, Environment, Capabilities, and the Royal Navy) aims to develop your understanding of the unique nature and importance of the maritime environment whilst putting the Royal Navy properly into the context of the strategic environment. The key tenets of strategy and strategic thought are introduced focusing on:
- strategic thinkers
- maritime power and doctrine
- naval diplomacy
To ensure you leave with a good understanding of the Royal Navy, a range of subjects are covered including briefs on current UK maritime capabilities. A number of RNR specific personnel briefs are also included, often in company with the Advanced Command & Staff Course (Reserves) which usually runs concurrently.
You will understand the contributions of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force to the concepts of Jointery and Coalition Operations. This package studies the core capabilities of the UK Armed Forces and the environments in which they operate. Supported by a Joint Staff consisting of Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Army and Royal Air Force officers; the maritime contribution to Joint and Combined Operations is also examined.
The utility and constraints of military force are explored covering topics such as:
- military power
- legal and ethical issues
- the nature and character of current and future conflict
- terrorism, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations
- combined operations are discussed exposing the specific challenges faced during NATO and other coalition operations
In syndicate groupings, students study and present on a number of historical operations aiming to draw out the key lessons for maritime officers involved in contemporary joint operations. On the penultimate day of the course individual reflections on the realities of conflict are heard from military officers with personal experience from past and current operations, ensuring the CLME aspects of the course are reinforced to the very end.
The course is intensive and challenging, designed to bring you right up-to-date with the latest challenges and issues facing the Royal Navy. The course is very much designed to teach you how to think and what to think about. But not what to think.
Within the demanding study programme there are opportunities for social and sporting activities which aid syndicate and course bonding and the exchange of ideas. The wide range of courses at the Defence Academy undertaken by UK armed forces officers, other government department officials and those from international military forces, enables informal engagement, thus enhancing the student learning experience as much as possible. You will be exposed to first class academic lecturers and external speakers with expertise from military, professional and academic backgrounds that will share their experience and knowledge and invite discussion and debate.