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Last Date Updated15/Jul/2022 8:54
Training InstitutionNATO - School Oberammergau (NSO)
DisciplineEducation,Training, Exercises & Evaluation (ETE)
Depth of knowledge Level200 - Intermediate
NATO Course CertificationListed

Course CodeETE-ET-26805
Course TitleNATO Staff Officer Defense Planning Course
ETF Course CodeN5-36
Delivery MethodResidential
Course DescriptionProvide students with an introductory understanding of the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP), including the setting of political objectives, determination of NATO requirements, apportionment and setting capability targets, facilitating implementation and reviewing the results. As a secondary aim, to discuss the contemporary context of NATO defence planning.
Course NotesFor further information (e.g. list of eligibility requirements) please refer to the full course description via the above given web link.

Learning Objectives1. DESCRIBE THE KEY STEPS OF NATO DEFENCE PLANNING PROCESS (NDPP) AND EXPLAIN THE ASSOCIATED TIMELINE: From memory, students will be able to describe the key steps in NATO defence planning and explain the general timelines, processes, and the inter-relationships in accordance with PO(2022)0231 – The NATO Defence Planning Process dated 25 May 2022. 2. UNDERSTAND HOW NATO REQUIREMENTS ARE DETERMINED IN THE CAPABILITY REQUIREMENT REVIEW (CRR) PROCESS: Given references, students will have the understanding of how the identification of the overall NATO requirements is achieved as part of the Capability Requirement Review process in accordance PO(2022)0231 – The NATO Defence Planning Process dated 25 May 2022 and High Level Guidance. 3. EXPLAIN THE APPORTIONMENT AND TARGETING PROCESS OF NATO REQUIREMENTS: Given references, students will be able to explain the apportionment and targeting process of NATO requirements and identify the challenges therein, in accordance with PO(2022)0231 – The NATO Defence Planning Process dated 25 May 2022. 4. DESCRIBE MECHANISMS FOR FACILITATING IMPLEMENTATION: Given scenarios, students will be able to identify potential mechanisms for facilitating Allied implementation efforts on given capability shortfalls, including multinational cooperation opportunities, forums for information sharing, and links to ongoing facilitation efforts within the Armaments Planning Domain and ACT, etc. (ref: AC/259-D(2021)0072 5. UNDERSTAND REVIEWING THE RESULTS: Given references, students will interpret national responses to the Defence Planning Capability Survey (DPCS) in conjunction with the assessment of nations’ capabilities and contributions to NATO requirements - Defence Planning Capability Survey AC/281-N(2021)0015-Final dated 26 March 2021. 6. EXPLAIN THE DEFENCE PLANNING ORGANIZATION IN NATO AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO NATO DEFENCE PLANNING: Given references, students will be able to explain the Defence Planning organization in NATO, including the roles of DPPC(R), IS, MC, IMS, ACT, ACO, and other NATO entities. Students will gain insight in how new doctrine, concepts and strategies might impose changes to NDPP.
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Structure of the CourseResident (1 wk)

Active CourseYes
Course Active from01/Jan/2011
Course Deactivated on31/Dec/2027
Course Duration (in days)5.0

Security ClearanceNR: NATO RESTRICTED
Training AudienceN: NATO Nations Only
ePrime Reference NumberACT.433

Tuition Fee per Student (Euro)550.00
Fees for Accommodation and Meals (Euro)0.00

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