Comprehensive Security Cooperation

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The Comprehensive Security Cooperation  (CSC) course is a 5-week in-resident executive  program offered three times a year for mid-  level military, government and non-  government professionals who intersect with  the security sphere.

Fellows spend two-thirds of their time on  cross-cutting complex transdisciplinary and  transboundary challenges (Core), and one-  third on specialty security content that deep-dive into priority concerns (Tracks).

The resulting cross-talk between security professionals from different security sectors fosters understanding and the development of significant relationships and networks.

In parallel with presentations, discussions, and  gray-zone exercises, Fellows assess security  environments, identify disruptors, analyze  threat systems, and probe governance issues  while collaboratively building relationships  and mutual understanding.

Throughout the course, Fellows work on  developing resilient solutions to real  organizational and even regional security  issues. These complimentary processes  enhance the capacity of regional allies,  partners and others to comprehend and  cooperatively address complex security  challenges in the Indo-Pacific region thereby  advancing freedom, openness, prosperity, good  governance, rules-based order, and a Free and  Open Indo-Pacific.

Upon successful completion of this course,  you will receive a Course Certificate and Alumni Status.

Upon successful completion and  implementation of your Capstone Project you  will receive a Specialty Security Certificate  in your Track area.

Assuming COVID travel restrictions abate by  spring of 2022, the following tracks for in-resident  CSC courses are planned:

  • 2022 Feb-Mar: Counter-Terrorism, Maritime Security, Economic Security
  • 2022 May-Jun: Crisis Management, Cybersecurity
  • 2022 Sep-Oct: Counter-Terrorism, Maritime Security, Economic Security
  • Every CSC: Strategic Studies

Track Descriptions

Maritime Security

Participants explore the free and open Indo-Pacific concept and the maritime domain as they review traditional state-based and non-traditional transnational crime challenges, and avenues of mutual cooperation to address these challenges. gain improved understanding of the global commons and the importance of sea control, maritime domain awareness, and upholding the rules-based international order. This track enhances understanding of the maritime domain, enables Fellows to collaborate on improving maritime security, and will benefit all security practitioners.

Counter-Terrorism and  Irregular Warfare

Practitioners gain an enhanced understanding of counter-terrorism, irregular warfare, counter-insurgency, countering violent extremism and related fields as they explore their role within broader strategic competition between States and  critically assess different response options by  sharing international experiences and best  practices. This practitioner-focused and highly  interactive track networks Fellows and helps  nations successfully collaborate in the fight against  terrorism, insurgency and irregular warfare.

Crisis Management

Practitioners from (a) emergency management and humanitarian assistance, (b) environmental security and climate change resilience, and (c) public health, expand their knowledge of current models, frameworks, and resources to support complex, cooperative operations in both slow and sudden onset crises. With human security a core feature of international relations, participants use case studies, simulations, and exercises to explore prevention, mitigation, and resilience strategies, while growing their professional networks.


Participants gain a non-technical, strategic-level, whole-of-society understanding of cybersecurity by exploring three dimensions: governance, resilience, and recovery. The aim of this track is to provide security practitioners with the knowledge, resources, best practices, and networks to navigate the cybersecurity environment and to understand how cybersecurity affects national and international security. Topics include strategy, policy, international frameworks, incident response, cybercrime, privacy/security, and public-private partnerships.

Economic Security

Participants examine the impact of economic policies, trends, and actions on national security.  Topics covered include trade agreements and sanctions, economic statecraft, and the digital and blue economies, among others.  Fellows in this track will examine how countries at all levels of development and sizes use economics not just for growth and development, but also to deepen alliances and commitments or as a means of geopolitical competition.

Strategic Studies

Professionals with an interest in security from government, security sectors, media, and civil society learn how to deal more effectively with the  changing strategic environment and geopolitical landscape. Foci include thinking strategically, navigating the strategic environment, strategy in the digital age, strategic signaling, conflict resolution, and organizing the strategic ecosystem. Fellows will explore the development of organizational strategy as they build a network of analysts and security practitioners.