On Friday, we wrapped up our two-week Expanded International Military Education and Training (EIMET) approved program, “The Executive Program in Defense Decision-Making”, located here at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The program was structured to emphasize the impact of transformation on security and defense decision-making in the contemporary global environment.
The main themes covered included the following:
*Threat Assessment in the Contemporary Environment
*Development of National Security Strategies
*Capabilities-Based Approach for Security Challenges
*Defense Institution Building; Roles & Missions of Security and Defense Forces
*Intelligence Structures, Processes
*Challenges in the Global Commons, including Cyber Security
The course is designed for senior (0-7 and above) military officers and their civilian counterparts from legislatures, government ministries, and non-governmental organizations. Participants had the opportunity to meet and work with leaders from around the world on issues of defense transformation and decision-making common to democratic nations. The curriculum has a strong problem-solving focus and draws examples from the experiences of many different countries.