Strategy Planning

National Security College | Professional course



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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 one-day program is 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.

This one-day 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.

“I would recommend the Program 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.”


This program has not been scheduled for 2020 but will run if there is sufficient interest. Please email to register your interest.

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