Senior Manager Course in National Security Leadership
The two-week Senior Manager Course for personnel at the GS-15 and O-6 levels is held in the heart of Washington, DC, and includes site visits, experiential learning, and briefings from policymakers. The course examines the three sets of forces that influence U.S. defense decision-making; the interagency process, the wider policy community, and threats and opportunities in the international arena.
Specifically, the course focuses on the issues and challenges identified in the new 2012 strategic guidance for the Department of Defense entitled "Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense." This document articulates the DOD's response to the evolving strategic landscape and the primary missions of the U.S. armed forces and is the 'map' for the course.
The course focuses on developing participant's understanding of three critical areas:
- Foundational Knowledge: through instruction, active learning, interactions with policy makers, briefings, and table-top exercises focused on the security environment
- Understanding of Defense Key Issues: through instruction, policy briefings, and site visits
- In-depth knowledge: through analysis of U.S.foreign policy and defense priorities in the 21st century
In addition, participants are offered training in management skills, including speechwriting, working with the media, and negotiation.
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