COURSE CONCEPT RATIONALE
The concept of national security is often associated mainly with the military capability of a state. The other dimensions of national security namely culture, environment and science and technology are usually overlooked.
External and internal threats to the security of a state exist in various levels and in various aspects. The Philippines faces security threats both continuing and emerging at all fronts. That is why there is a need to understand that these threats occur from intricate and oftentimes, interrelated dimensions of national security within a context of overlapping national, regional, and global boundaries.
National security leadership requires updated and comprehensive understanding of security issues, skillful application of a wide array of strategic management capabilities and resources, effective interaction among diverse group of stakeholders and an unwavering commitment to good governance, public service and ethical leadership.
The Senior Executive Course on National Security (SECNS) provides a forum for top-level defense civilians, senior military and police officers and private sector representatives to deepen their understanding of the theories and practice of national security and expand their perspectives and critical-thinking on security issues in an intellectually stimulating, non-attribution, academic environment.
The SECNS is an intensive and rigorous fifteen-day session consisting of formal classes and a dynamic mix of learning events such as discussion groups, interactive seminars, exercises, site visits and informal conversations with subject matter experts, faculty and colleagues. This range of interactions provides participants with a holistic and balanced educational experience that emphasizes hands-on approach to real-world issues. The end goal is to prepare participants to assume roles of greater responsibility at the strategic and policy-making level.
The course primarily aims to:
- Enhance the participants’ understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and practice of national security;
- Update the participants on current national, regional and global security issues and concerns and on various initiatives/approaches/strategies to address security issues;
- Develop and expand the participants’ knowledge, competencies and functional skills in managing national security issues and imbue strategic leadership values through discussions and learning events; and,
- Apply the lessons learned and formulate doable plans.
With these broad objectives, the SECNS is divided into four overlapping Modules.
- Module 1 explains and analyses the national security framework which provides the foundations, basic concepts and principles of national security and the various dimensions of national security and how they are interrelated;
- Module 2 focuses on key issues to update and re-tool national security leaders to effectively respond to emerging security challenges;
- Module 3 enhances the functional skills and leadership competencies and values of participants;
- Module 4 enables the participants to apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate best practices and lessons learned through an integrating exercise.
After fifteen (15) days, it is expected that the participants will have obtained deeper understanding and knowledge of the theories and practice of national security. They are expected to possess enhanced skills in national security management and administration particularly in applying methods and techniques in examining trends and factors, in formulating policies and decisions, and in carrying out strategic courses of action involving various actors and agencies that will significantly affect national security.
The SECNS is designed for top-level defense civilians prior to occupying Salary Grade 24 and above, for senior military and police officers prior to occupying Brigadier General/Flag Officer/Chief Superintendent positions.