SENIOR EXECUTIVE COURSE ON NATIONAL SECURITY (SECNS)

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course primarily aims to:

  1. Enhance the participants’ understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and practice of national security;
  2. Update the participants on current national, regional and global security issues and concerns and on various initiatives/approaches/strategies to address security issues;
  3. 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,
  4. 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.

 

DESIRED OUTCOMES

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.

PARTICIPANTS

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.

EXECUTIVE COURSE ON NATIONAL SECURITY (ECNS)

COURSE CONCEPT

RATIONALE

The concept of national security is often associated mainly with the military, economic and political capability of a state. What are usually overlooked are the other dimensions of national security such as culture, environment and science and technology.

External and internal threats to the security of a state exist in various levels and in various aspects. The Philippines faces security threats both continuous and emerging at all fronts. It is challenged from the right by military adventurism, from the left by radical left movements, from above by non-traditional threats, and from below by insurgency. That is why there is a need to understand that these threats occur from intricate and oftentimes, interrelated dimensions of national security. These dimensions of national security are oftentimes understood as instruments of national power wherein the strength of the country is measured. This is further translated into the national strategy.

National Security Strategy bridges national instruments of power and the country’s national security objectives in order to direct and relate these to policy goals. For a country to have an effective National Security Strategy, it needs capable leaders who possess the knowledge and skills to determine national security priorities.

The Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) integrate the government’s holistic strategy in addressing treats to national security. Leaders, in particular, officials of national agencies and local governments, armed forces and members of the private sector must be adequately informed about and actively involved in implementing the IPSP.

Continuous learning and enhancement of skills must be pursued to harmonize concepts, principles, and theories with the practice of national security management and administration. Advanced knowledge and skills on national security management and administration must be continuously upgraded and maintained for effective leadership, policy formulation and decision-making for a comprehensible and sustainable development strategy.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Executive Course on National Security (ECNS) aims to provide participants a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of national security. The ECNS attempts to examine the IPSP and formulate courses of action for implementation within the national security framework. With this general objective, the course is divided into four Modules

  • Module 1 explains the National Security Framework which provides the foundations, basic concepts and principles of national security.
  • Module 2 analyses the various dimensions of national security and how they are interrelated.
  • Module 3 focuses on key issues to update and re-tool national security leaders to effectively respond to emerging security challenges.
  • Module 4 engages the participants in an integrating exercise to formulate doable plans.

The course is designed for Local Chief Executives, government officials, military and police officers, private sector managers and graduates of the Masters in National Security Administration (MNSA) who wish to update themselves on national security issues. The course is intended to be interactive, analytical and skill-oriented utilizing a combination of lectures, learning events and site visits.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course primarily aims to:

  • Enhance the participants’ understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles, theories and practice of national security;
  • Update the participants on the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP);
  • Develop and expand the participants’ knowledge, competencies and skills in managing national security issues and imbue strategic values through discussions and learning events; and,
  • Apply the lessons learned and formulate doable plans.

 

DESIRED OUTCOMES

After five (5) 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.

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