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 course is designed to enhance the capability of interagency officials from governments, militaries, regional bodies, non-governmental and international organizations to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to foster shared understanding to protect the rules-based international order. The course will deepen appreciation of the maritime domain and its role in national, regional and geopolitical security dynamics. Participants will enhance their recognition of the broad range of maritime stakeholders, their shared interests, and whole-of-society opportunities for security cooperation. All involved will gain knowledge, skills and networks to advance security, stability and prosperity in a free and open Indo-Pacific at the agency, national, and regional level, with the goal to advance understanding of international law, rules, and norms of behavior.
CMSC will enable appreciation of the role and uses of sea power, the key drivers of security dynamics within the Indo-Pacific and the significant maritime challenges facing the region. The course will encourage use of analytical tools, best practices, confidence-building measures, rules-based approaches and key enablers for security cooperation, risk management, and dispute resolution to comprehensively address maritime security challenges. Participants will develop professional relationships and networks of trust among a community of mid-career officials from a wide variety of militaries, civilian ministries, law enforcement agencies, regional bodies, non-governmental and international organizations addressing maritime issues across the Indo-Pacific region.
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
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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.