The Joint Staff Course (CEMC) aims to qualify senior officers from the Armed Forces and National Republican Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana) with an advanced education in the employment of military forces at the operational and strategic levels, namely within national and international Joint Staffs, the Armed Forces, high echelons of National Defence, as well as within national and international organizations.
The Joint Staff Course is intended to provide advanced preparation in Military Sciences, specifically in three main focus areas:
The update of the strategic thinking in a context of complex and diffuse international relationships, in order to outline the national strategic planning;
The management of resources allocated to national security and defence in a perspective of its optimized employment;
The planning and operational management with regard to programming, preparation and employment of military forces and capabilities in combined and joint operations, in an integrated approach to other instruments of national power.
The Joint Staff Course set comprises 17 course units in five scientific areas: Military Operations, Study of Crisis and Armed Conflicts, Human Behavior in Military Context, Policy Sciences and Management Sciences.
The course is organized in accordance with the European Credits Trading System (ECTS). The total number of ECTS required to complete the course is 60.
Study plan overview:
|Course Units||Scientific Area||Type||Workload (hours)||ECTS||Remarks|
|Management of Organizations||GC||Semester||50||18||14||4||2||1st Sem|
|Resources Management||GC||Semester||100||74||27||4||28||3||12||4||1st Sem|
|Command and Leadership||CHCM||Semester||75||30||8||8||4||1||9||3||1st Sem|
|Communication and Public Affairs||CHCM||Semester||50||34||6||20||4||4||2||1st Sem|
|Public International Law||CP||Semester||50||20||20||2||1st Sem|
|International Context||ECCA||Semester||75||30||3||27||3||1st Sem|
|War and Peace||ECCA||Semester||75||26||26||3||1st Sem|
|20th Century Military History||ECCA||Semester||50||23||15||8||2||1st Sem|
|Strategic Planning||ECCA||Semester||75||28||10||6||12||3||2nd Sem|
|Strategic Studies||ECCA||Semester||50||20||2||18||2||2nd Sem|
|Operations Policy Framework||OM||Semester||75||29||18||7||4||3||2nd Sem|
|Operations Planning and Operational Art||OM||Semester||200||74||5||69||8||2nd Sem|
|National Operations Planning||OM||Semester||150||64||5||20||39||6||2nd Sem|
|Operational Management||OM||Semester||75||11||2||9||3||2nd Sem|
|Planning and Handling of Exercises||OM||Semester||50||25||6||19||2||2nd Sem|
|Trabalho Course Assignment (FCA)||Several||Annual||225||104||12||12||20||60||9||Annual|
Legend: T – Theory; TP – Theory and Practise Education; PL – Practise and Laboratory ; TC – Fieldwork ; S – Seminar ; E – Stage ; OT – Tutorial Guidance ; O – Other
The course duration is one academic year, approximately 39 weeks including school holidays, in daytime and on an exclusive basis.
QUALIFICATIONS CONFERRED BY THE COURSE
Upon completion of the course, a Postgraduate Diploma in Military Science – Security and Defense is granted to students who successfully conclude all syllabus units, achieving a total of 60 ECTS credits.
The Joint Staff Course is directed primarily to senior officers of the Armed Forces and Guarda Nacional Republicana (National Republican Guard) who demonstrate high potential, proven by the performance of functions or positions throughout his/her career and appointed by the Chief of their Service Branch;
The course may be attended by officers of friendly countries of similar ranks under superiorly defined access regime.