Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC)
This five-week course focuses on building relationships among mid-career leaders and decision makers within the region. Its curriculum emphasizes the non-warfighting aspects of security and international relations, and challenges Fellows to develop regional and transnational perspectives. Security is examined as a comprehensive mix of political, economic, social, military, diplomatic, information and ecological dimensions.
Indo-Pacific Orientation Course (IPOC)
This one-week Course covers trends and current issues shaping the regional security environment. The course focuses on U.S. policy and provides an introduction to regional cultures, politics, protocols and challenges. The curriculum broadly examines: Security Foundations; Regional Security Perspectives; Country Specific Issues; Transnational Issues; Governance, and Development and Security Cooperation Issues. This rigorous program of lectures and interactive sessions better equips graduating course Fellows with policy perspectives and tools important for duties at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, service/functional components, and other U.S. Government Agencies and Activities. MASL: SAP0004
Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCM)
Man-made crises, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies regularly create threatening challenges for domestic and international responders in Asia-Pacific nations. Large and complex crises require critical systems thinking and effective coordination over the event life cycle. Many ministries and society sectors may be involved, and when capacities are overwhelmed, international actors require effective coordination.
This annual five-week course emphasizes critical thinking skills and practice as it explores the many aspects of preparedness and response. Crisis capacity is promoted through a strong foundation in critical thinking, strategic assessment, leadership, communication, negotiation and future thinking. Course participants analyze problems, explore factors that shape effective crisis management and develop comprehensive strategies and approaches. The knowledge of seasoned participants with experience in crisis management is incorporated to provide national narratives and learning from the field. MASL: SAP0000
Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course (CSRT)
This four-week course provides focused knowledge and skills practiced at the operational and strategic level, all designed to enhance Fellow’s ability to work together to counter ideological support for and combat terrorism cooperatively for the long term. The course facilitates relationships among current and future counter-terrorism practitioners. It also helps engender trust necessary for increased information sharing and identify ways to reduce cultural obstacles to cooperation in the international struggle against terrorism. MASL: SAP0002
Comprehensive Maritime Security Cooperation (CMSC)
This four-week course is designed to advance the knowledge, skills, and networks of officials from governments, regional bodies and international organizations across the Indo-Pacific region who intersect with the maritime domain from a variety of security perspectives including economics, trade, transnational threats, environment, and food security. Along with Fellows who are maritime security policy advisors and practitioners in the maritime defense, safety and law enforcement agencies, the course will support a comprehensive approach to promote a free and open region and protect the rules-based international order, with a particular emphasis on the maritime aspects of that region and order.
The CMSC course will encourage the use of proven enablers for security cooperation, including interagency collaboration and coordination mechanisms, risk management measures, crisis negotiations and communication channels, and dispute resolution methods. The course will also promote the development and employment of best practices, confidence-building measures, information sharing systems, and rules-based approaches to identify opportunities and creatively address maritime security challenges lawfully, effectively, and efficiently.
Fellows from partner nations’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Commerce or Trade, Ministry of Defense (policy), Ministries of Environment or Agriculture (including fishing), Ministries of Transportation, port authorities, maritime law enforcement (especially Coast Guard, Marine Police, and Fisheries Enforcement), and the military will be particularly valued in this course. Fellows will also be recruited from relevant regional bodies, international and non-government organizations.
Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) for senior executives
This one-week course is an intensive program for current senior leaders. It is designed for military officers at the two- and three-star level and director/general civilian equivalents from the Indo-Pacific region. The curriculum emphasizes the impact of change in the region and evolving security roles, capabilities, and opportunities. MASL: SAP0003
College of Security Studies Faculty, Curriculum and General Questions
The Fellow’s Project
Organizational projects that are initiated at the Center and completed upon each Fellow’s return home. Each Fellow devises a project that analyzes a pertinent issue and for which he/she then offers a feasible, implementable solution.
Successful Fellow’s Project Examples:
- Improve coordination between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Service Institute in foreign policy formulation.
- Increase civilian participation in defense strategic planning at the Ministry of Defense.
- Develop effective interagency coordination processes to respond to major natural disasters.
- Enhance ASEAN mil-mil cooperation in disaster response.
- Promotion of diversity in defense department planning.
- Develop international cooperative mechanisms to countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden.