JOINT STAFF COURSE (CEMC)

 

AIM

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.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

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

Total

Contac

 

 

Total

T

TP

PL

TC

S

E

OT

O

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

Geopolitics

CP

Semester

75

30

18

12 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

COURSE LENGHT

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.

 

ADMISSION CONDITIONS

Candidate profiles:

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.

 

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