Strategy Planning

National Security College | Professional course


In the decades following the Second World War, Australia generally enjoyed a relatively benign strategic environment, and its preparedness for dealing with significant external threats rarely tested. But, things are changing and in an environment characterised by growing uncertainty and complexity, Australia now arguably faces the greatest strategic shifts in generations. The challenges of the future will require current and emerging leaders in the Australian national security domain be skilful in designing and implementing strategies. This course aims to provide a conceptual basis for developing these vital skills.

The course, more specifically titled Developing and Implementing Strategy: A primer for national security professionals, will be founded upon a theoretical basis of strategy, how this has evolved over time, and its enduring importance to national security. Upon this key building block, participants will then explore two fundamental aspects of strategy – understanding the environment and design/implementation. Participants will examine the cycle of problem framing, goal setting, design, implementation, monitoring and review, and adaptation. The NSC will argue that good strategy is iterative in nature and anchored on clearly considered and identified goals.

#132 Crawford Building, 1 Lennox Crossing, ANU

A fee of $1,300 (GST ex) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $1,600 (GST ex). 2020 Dates TBC

Course overview

By the end of the course, participants will have gained a theoretical understanding of the importance of strategy, its constituent parts, and gained initial insights into how it can be used to achieve goals more effectively and efficiently despite adversaries or rivals. Participants can network with others who have responsibility for strategy across government. This course will provide a basis for participants to return to the NSC to undertake a more detailed course on approaches to crafting strategy in early 2020.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for APS6 to SES officers (or equivalent) from all agencies who are involved in issues relevant to strategic planning or the implementation of strategic frameworks in the context of national security.

Program details

This is a one-day non-residential, fully catered program. The course commences at 8.30am and concludes at 5.00pm.

An ANU parking permit will be supplied.


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“I would recommend the Strategy Planning and Implementation in National Security Policy-Making Program at NSC to all ELs working in the NS environment. The facilitators and speakers on the Program are of the highest standard. The Program consolidated and built upon my knowledge and experience of working in the NS environment. The networking with my fellow participants was valuable and useful. I found the program to effectively combine academia and practitioner experience.” (2015 Participant).

Course convenor

Andrew McBaron, Adviser, National Security College Futures Hub

Andrew McBaron took up his current role of Adviser in the Futures Hub at the National Security College in January 2019, on secondment from the Australian Army. He has 25 years of experience in the national security domain, in Australia and abroad, particularly in the intelligence realm. He has worked in a number of agencies and departments and aside from intelligence duties he also has key experience in force structure design for Army and joint organisations. Andrew has deployed numerous times in the near region as well as the Middle East and Central Asia. His most recent deployment was in 2016 as the inaugural commander of an Australian team deployed to assist Afghan National Defence & Security Forces establish their very first joint-interagency capability, charged with securing Kabul.

Andrew is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College – Duntroon, and holds a number of tertiary qualifications including a B.A. (History/Politics), UNSW 1996; M.B.A. (International Business/HRM), 2009; and an Adv.Dip Indonesian Language (2001).

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