The aim the Command and Staff Course (Executive) is to develop selected Officers and Military Experts for their roles as leaders in the SAF.
The objectives of GKS CSC's Command and Staff Course (Executive) are to educate and train officers to:
a. Develop a Deep Understanding of the Strategic Perspective. With the increasing complexity of our operating environment, we need to imbue in officers/MEs a larger perspective and deeper understanding of national and organisational imperatives; the operational context of the SAF mission and operations; the geopolitical factors and the historical perspectives of warfare. This understanding would also help them to detect key changes and anticipate possible outcomes from these changes. These would be encapsulated in the Campaign & War Studies and Security Studies modules.
b. Strengthen Core Professional Competence. The core professional competence would include professional education across the spectrum of operations including Services' warfare theories, military technology, integrated operations and operational staff work (including JPP and Service-centric battle procedures).
c. Enhance Leadership Capacities. The emphasis is in nurturing confident, competent and committed leaders. This would include strengthening core values and beliefs; improving self awareness and personal mastery; team development and facilitation skills and improving communication skills.
Design of the Course
To achieve the above objectives, GKS CSC's Command and Staff Course (Executive) is designed to comprise three main domains. All officers on CSC(E) are expected to participate actively in the following curriculum:
a. Operational Context. In the domain of Operational Context, through the delivery of modules such as Security Studies, Campaign and War Studies, Military Technology, Malayan Campaign & Battlefield Visit and Overseas Study Visit. Officers-on-course will better appreciate the complex operating environment and gain insights into national and organisational imperatives and geopolitical factors. Officers will also study historical perspectives of warfare, and potential and limitations of present and future technology.
b. War-fighting and Operational Staff-work. In the domain of Operational Staff work, officers will gain insights into Joint Warfare and develop a clearer understanding of SAF Intent and Capabilities. Here, officers learn the nature of war and joint warfare in the modern era. Additionally, Officers-on-course will also better understand the Joint Planning Process and the Battle Procedures of respective Services.
c. Leadership Development. To enhance leadership development, officers will insights from modules such as Leadership in Context, Leadership Communications Management, Leadership Team Development, and Advanced Coaching and Facilitation. These modules enable officers-on-course to better hone their leadership competencies. In addition, the course participants will also receive Multi-Source Leadership Feedback 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.