SSR and Military Operational Thinking

02/11/2015 - 04/11/2015

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From 2 to 6 November, the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) are conducting a seminar on “Operational Thinking” for senior staff officers. One of the issues to be addressed is Security Sector Reform - discussions and syndicate work will investigate the actual challenges of SSR and the role of the military in it. The syndicate output will then later be integrated in a comprehensive approach to resolve the scenario crisis.

For the syndicate work on Tuesday (03 Nov), the Führungsakademie would like support from ISSAT in order to ensure the required depth of discussions and output. 

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Attendance by one SSR Advisor with experience in the military and the operational design of SSR contributions. Suggestions of pre and post reading, further resources and tools would be welcome.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The course comprises 20 participants, all military at the rank of full Colonel. The participants are usually assigned to positions at operational HQs in positions equivalent to branch heads and above. The specific emphasis of our seminar is on the thought process towards generating an operational idea of  a required / possible military contribution to conflict resolution. It needs to be part of a comprehensive approach that fosters a mind-set that applies Unity of Effort in generating the response by a multinational contingent.

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