This course provides students with an overview of the concept and practice of military strategy. Strategy is the art of getting something done – usually something big, important and/or transformative. In national security terms, design and delivery of effective, viable strategy is the key to achieving critical objectives.

Course content

  • The Theory of Military Strategy
  • The Relevance of Military Strategy in the 21st Century
  • Military Strategy and Government (Strategy as National Policy)
  • Key Strategic Thinkers: The Classics
  • Historical Case Study
  • Key Strategic Thinkers: The Moderns
  • Dimensions of Strategy
  • Strategic Culture
  • Delivering Military Strategy: The Campaign Plan
  • Contemporary Case Study
  • Issues with 21st Century Military Strategy
3 days
Any venue suitable for the client

Entry requirements

This course is lecture based with programmed periods for question and answer and plenary sessions. Overnight reading will be required prior to each case study.  It has been designed to particularly appeal to:

  • International Relations/Strategic Studies students (under and post-graduate level)
  • Junior to mid-seniority military officers.
  • Academics seeking to enhance their understanding of the practice of military strategy.
  • Defence and security sector executives.
  • Policy developers, specifically from NGOs, international organisations and non-defence facing government departments.

Prospective students should have a good grasp of written and spoken English and a basic understanding of military terminology.

Key Benefits

Students undertaking this course will gain:

  • The knowledge to engage with the subject and with defence, military and security strategy professionals from an informed perspective
  • An insight into the language and taxonomy used by military planners and government policy makers
  • An awareness of the issues that will shape, challenge and influence security strategy in the 21st Century