The Civil-Military Cooperation Course is a specialization course that aims at enabling students with the technical and theoretical knowledge necessary in the carrying out of tasks in Civil-Military Cooperation Operations, in Military Staff functions and within NATO/ HQ and National Military Staffs.


Understand the framework of Peace Support Operations (PSO), in particular Crisis Response Operations (CRO);

Understand CIMIC policies and doctrines being used in NATO;

Understand the action of International Organizations (IOs), Government Organizations (GOs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs);

Understand other roles and functions that interact with CIMIC (Info Ops, Targeting, PsyOps, Public Information, Humint, Civil Matters);

Understand the Portuguese Civil Affairs Doctrine applied during the Portuguese Colonial War, in Africa;

Understand the CIMIC contributions in the NATO Military Operations Planning Process (OPP);

Learn about the current CIMIC roles within the Portuguese Armed Forces and NATO’s Multinational CIMIC Group (MNCG/NATO);

Apply NATO’s Military Operations Planning in a non-Article 5 situation.


The Civil-Military Cooperation Course comprises 1 curricular unit – Civil-Military Cooperation – integrated in the scientific area of Military Operations;

The course is organized in accordance with the European Credits Trading System (ECTS). The total number of credits required to complete the course is 3 ECTS.

Study Plan Overview

Curse UnitScientific AreaTypeWorkingload (hours)ECTSRemarks
Civil-Military CooperationOMFortnightly75261214213

Legend: T – Theory; TP – Theory and Practise; PL – Practse and Laboratory ; TC – Fieldwork ; S – Seminar ; E – Stage ; OT – Tutorial Guidance ; O – Other 


The course duration is 10 working days and comprises 55 school hours.


A Specialization in Civil-Military Cooperation Diploma is awarded to students who successfully conclude all syllabus units, having achieved 3 ECTS credits.


The Civil-Military Cooperation Specialization Course may be attended by:

  • Senior officers from any branch of the Armed forces and the Guarda Nacional Republicana (National Republican Guard) and Captains/ First lieutenants qualified with the Field Grade Officers Course;
  • Captains/ First lieutenants that are not qualified with the Field Grade Officers Course may be admitted as an exception;
  • Officers from friendly countries may attend the course, under granted permission by the IESM – Institute for Higher Military Studies’ Director;
  • Civilians belonging to organizations that collaborate with the IESM, under granted permission by the IESM – Institute for Higher Military Studies’ Director.