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National Security Executive Level 2 Development Program

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This highly interactive and practical three -week program unpacks and analyses the concept of national security and provides in-depth exposure to the full range of issues and challenges facing Australia’s national security. You can expect to form and deepen broad professional networks within the national security community, and engage in a trusted environment with thought leaders and senior practitioners on national security policymaking. There is a high level of access, including typically to current or former heads of departments and agencies.

There are a number of site visits, both within Canberra and in an interstate capital, to expose you to current issues and the practical challenges of national security at the Commonwealth and state level. Syndicate activities and hypothetical exercises rely on collaboration within small groups where participants take key themes and apply them to practical questions of national security policymaking and implementation.

Reality-based scenarios draw on the program content and leverage participants’ experience to examine the practical implications of the present day challenges for national security professionals.

Who should attend?

Executive Level 2 (EL2) officers (or equivalent) working in both traditional and non-traditional national security agencies and departments who are involved in policy, strategic planning, capability development or coordination will benefit from this program.

The program provides an opportunity to consider the roles and responsibilities of national security agencies and departments and to reflect on current and future challenges for officers working on national security issues. The program is suitable for those who are new to national security agencies and departments or to an EL2 role, as well as those with more experience.

This program is open to EL2 (or equivalent) officers of the national security community and military officers at O‐5 level with command experience. State and territory officers are encouraged to nominate. A minimum SECRET (NV1) security clearance is required for this program.

Program scope and content

The program unpacks and analyses the concept of national security, considers the range of issues and challenges for Australia’s national security, and discusses the capability and capacity of agencies and departments to address those challenges. The program covers federal and state responsibilities, the relevant whole-of-government architectures and processes, and measures in place to support both policy and crisis decision making. It will feature case studies and facilitated discussion, with key themes being brought together through syndicate discussions and hypothetical exercises.

There will be a number of site visits, both within Canberra and in Brisbane, to expose participants to current issues and to the practical challenges of national security.

General information

The program is a three week, full time, non-residential program (with a two day/two night interstate component). This is a fully‐catered program and an ANU parking permit will be supplied. Limited on-campus accommodation is available for interstate participants.

Registration/Nomination

The fee for this program is $16,500 (GST exclusive) for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners; an open rate applies to other participants. Please contact us for information about becoming an NSC Partner organisation.

Dates and venue

15 May - 2 June 2017
National Security College
Crawford Bldng #132
1 Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University

 

Further information

Program approach

The program is delivered as an intensive and interactive three week course. A range of learning approaches is employed, including facilitated discussions, case studies, guest speakers, review and reflection time and collaborative learning. Speakers are drawn from the public sector, academia and industry. They have significant expertise and practical experience in their presentation fields.

Outcomes you can expect

The program will develop your capability to identify and address, strategically and collaboratively, emerging challenges in Australian national security policy. The program will enable you to:

• understand in depth Australia’s national security processes and arrangements

• critically examine how your role and that of your department or agency relates to broader national security priorities

• analyse how national security agencies and departments are addressing challenges and issues for Australia’s national security, and

• establish collaborative networks and professional relationships across the national security agencies and departments.

Syndicate exercises

There are a number of activities throughout the three weeks that rely on cooperation and collaboration within small groups, including syndicate activities and hypothetical exercises. These exercises provide participants with an opportunity to take key themes from presentations and apply them to practical questions of national security policy-making and implementation. Reality-based scenarios will draw on the program content and leverage participants’ experience to examine the practical implications of a range of challenges for national security professionals.

Interstate travel

The second week of the program includes a two day/two night component in Brisbane. This provides an opportunity for participants to extend their strategic learning from the program to incorporate the challenges and priorities faced by state agencies.

Participants engage with senior figures from policy and operational agencies, providing perspectives on policy development and implementation as well as lessons learned from responses to recent major emergencies. This component will incorporate sessions on the G20 from both a planning and a security perspective.

Testimonial

“I would thoroughly recommend the course to my colleagues. The course included a balanced view of a wide range of issues relating to national security. The access to academics, senior government officials and the Assistant Minister provided highly valuable insights to the considerations of government in developing national security settings.” (EL2 course participant, June 2015)

 

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

Updated:  31 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College