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Command and Staff
Course (Executive)
[CSC (E)]
Command and Staff
Course (National
Service) [CSC (NS)]
Course Curriculum
Training in Planning Proficiency

Course Modules

GKS CSC's Command and Staff Course comprises of the following six modules:

a.    Analysis of Defence and Security Policies (ADSP).    The aim of this module is to provide the foundation for understanding how states formulate defence and security policies, and recognise how the roles of various actors adapt as conditions change. This foundation will allow officers to conceptualise how national security policies are formed and how perspectives on the use of force and the role of government shape policy. The Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) delivers this module.

b.    Campaign and War Studies (CWS).    In as much as policy makers determine that war is necessary to secure vital national security interests, attention turns to how and why wars are waged. This module aims to examine the relationship between war and strategy. RSIS delivers this module.

c.    Joint Warfare (JW).    The first half of this module aims to develop the officers’ understanding of land, maritime, air and joint operations at the foundational level before they embark on their respective Service War fighting modules. The officers on course will also be introduced to the SAF Joint Planning Process (SAF JPP).  The content of this module is pegged at the operational levels of war. 

d.    Operations-Other-Than-War (OOTW).    This module aims to further the officer’s understanding of the SAF spectrum of OOTW in response to current global, regional and national threats and security environment. The Australian Defence Force Peacekeeping Operation Training Centre (ADF POTC) is a partner in delivering a part of the module.

e.    Leadership, Management and Command (LMC).    This module aims to enhance the contextual framing of leadership subjects and the officers’ appreciation of practical applications of various leadership theories and frameworks. The Nanyang Business School (NBS) delivers part of this module. This module also provides officers with the tools and frameworks of Organisational Learning (OL) and Conceptual Thinking Methodology (CTM).

In addition, the course participants will also receive Multi-Source Leadership Feedback (MSLF) and be allocated individual executive coaches before and after the attendance of the course. These support them as they raise their meta-competency of personal mastery.

f.    Military Technology (MilTech).    This module aims to equip officers with basic layers of knowledge in technology so that they will be adept at applying military technology in developing innovative operational concepts and capabilities, and fully appreciate the impact of future technology trends and developments.

Course Terms

Common Curriculum Terms

Joint Term I (15 weeks).    This is the first of two joint terms. Officers-on-course from all Services will be organised into syndicates. The syllabus is designed to provide officers with an appreciation of the security context in which the SAF operates in and the relationship between war and strategy. Joint Term 1 also provides officers with a foundational knowledge of Joint operations and that of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Leadership Management and Command (LMC) module is also delivered in this Term. There is a Study Visit to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Service Warfighting Term (13 weeks).    In the respective service warfighting term, officers-on-course will be organised into their respective Services This Term covers the various Service Warfighting subjects. There are several sessions attended only by SAF officers. International Officers will have a separate IO programme conducted during those periods. A one-week break has been scheduled to coincide with the June school holidays.

Joint Term II (13 weeks).    In the final term of the Command and Staff Course, officers-on-course will further strengthen their competence in Joint Operations (second half of the Joint Warfare module) and Operations-Other-Than-War (OOTW). The course will also embark on a regional Study Visits before graduating at the end of this term.


Open and Constructive Discussions

Respective Service War Fighting Term

Army WarFighting Module.    The army WF module aims to develop the officers’ ability to plan and conduct combined arms operations at the brigade level. It also introduces officers to the Combined Arms Division [CAD] and its operations.

Air Force WarFighting Module.    This module aims to develop the required expertise and behavioural competencies of mid-level air force officers for direct leadership as mid-level commanders and/or operational staff appointments at Joint and/or RSAF HQs. 

Navy WarFighting Module.    This module aims to develop the required expertise and behavioural competencies of mid-level naval officers for direct leadership as commanders and/or planning staff for missions at Service Operational (Task Force and Task Group) level.


Last updated on 28 Jan 2013
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